Sun Jun 28 01:59:20 UTC 2009

In a message dated 6/27/2009 9:54:34 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
bkawak at writes:

> The official quality grades of cognac are, according to the BNIC (Bureau 
> National Interprofessionnel du Cognac):
>  a.. VS Very Special, or ??? (three stars) where the youngest brandy is 
> stored at least two years in cask.
>  b.. VSOP Very Special (less commonly 'Superior') Old Pale, where the 
> youngest brandy is stored at least four years in cask, but the average 
> wood 
> age is much older.
>  c.. XO Extra Old, where the youngest brandy is stored at least six, but 
> average upwards of 20 years.
> In addition can be mentioned:
>  a.. Napoleon Although the BNIC states this grade is equal to XO in terms 
> of minimum age, it is generally marketed in-between VSOP and XO in the 
> product range offered by the producers.
>  b.. Extra A minimum of 6 years of age, this grade is usually older than a 
> Napoleon or an XO.
>  c.. Vieux Is another grade between the official grades of VSOP and XO.
>  d.. Vieille Réserve Is like the Hors d´Age a grade beyond XO.
>  e.. Hors d'âge The BNIC states that also this grade is equal to XO, but 
> in 
> practice the term is used by producers to market a high quality product 
> beyond the official age scale. Hence the name "Hors d'age" (beyond age).

I take it you know your booze. people must hold the door for you everywhere 
you go. ha!    thanks. 

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