D’usse Cognac VSOP is the lastest offering from Bacardi’s Chateau de Cognac, the Cognac house that produces Baron Otard. This is not your ordinary bottle of Cognac. It’s producers have gone for a completely different look on the bottle. It’s a bit gothic, a bit midieval with a double cross on a squat bottle with a glass topper. It looks pretty bad-ass for a Cognac. I guess that this is your granddad’s Cognac. Oh, and it comes with Jay Z‘s endorsement too. I have to be honest, a celebrity endorsement is usually a minus for me when grading booze, but I will not hold it against D’usse.
Here is my review of the D’usse Cognac VSOP:
Appearance: clear with a medium, amber color with golden highlights
Nose: clean, medium, aged aromas of raisins, figs, citrus peel, orange blossom, cedar, caramel, ginger, nutmeg and cardamom
Palate: dry, smooth, warming alcohol with a hint of controlled fire, medium body, medium intensity of raisins, figs, cedar, caramel, toffee, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom with a medium finish of raisins and cedar.
The D’usse is smooth and controlled with a hint of fire in the alcohol on the back of the palate. The cognac has lovely aromas and flavors of dried fruits and wood. It lacks the complexity of better VSOP Cognacs. But, the mere smell of the D’usse make me want to throw it in a Sidecar or Brandy Sangaree.