Cognac. only 1 way to be sure. Taste it

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    i have very little idea how old this bottle is. My mom said my grandmother brought it over from Hong Kong.

    It was buried in a basement for decades. I’ve been moving it from place to place for 20 years myself.

    Screw it. Jan 9th I’m taking it to my best friends dinner party. A group of us agreed to crack it open and taste it. Haha. We based a dinner party around it. This could be BAD. We can gargle with mezcal if needed.

    (The other two bottles are from a Aunts wedding - so maybe 60 years old?)
     

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    a pic from other side might help , perhaps ! unless chinese written
     
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    A nice piece of history. But unlike wine, Cognac does not age right? An XO Cognac from 1947 is still an XO Cognac today.
     
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    I would expect it to age as any other distilled alcohol. Aging makes a considerable difference with different fruit brandy at least.
     
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    Okay did some research... Cognac does not age in bottle. At best it maintains the same taste. At worst it spoils.
     
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    Air is the enemy. Spirits shouldn't change in the bottle unless the seal is poor and by the look of the liquid level the seal has been compromised.
     
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    Roger ! So sniff first:D
     
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    Interesting topic.
    I also have an old bottle of cognac that my father purchased in Hong Kong, probably in the late 1980s.
    It's an A de Luz & Fils Reserve de Roi Grand Cognac and marked "imported by Clybon (HK) Ltd.
    I'm also curious about opening it...or knowing more about it.
    [​IMG]
     
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    My only experience with this kind of thing is a bottle of Spanish sherry, that I cleared out of my parents' home after they passed. I'm sure my Dad bought it back in the 60's or 70's. A few years ago we opened it, tasted, and it was terrific! So good we put it in a crystal decanter and only sipped it occasionally and now it's gone. :( And I'm not even a sherry drinker, but that was some good stuff.
     
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    Send to me for safe disposal.
     
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    true , the main differences looks like to be the way they were done decades ago vs now.

    An XO should have his youngest spirit 6.5 years old in the blend. Appears that old bottles were made of blends
    spending more times in cask than nowadays.

    Anyway , if the bottle cork is still in very good condition, air tight, you should have a great experience !
     
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    I'd be very surprised if it is spoiled. I'd expect it to be a bit more concentrated in flavor and lower alcohol content given the space in the bottle. Keep us posted!
     
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    Let me try to get it into words.

    It was amazing. Caramel notes big time. Very bright boozy flavor. We pull out a young cognac and it tasted muted.
     
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    Boom!
     

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    That's great!
     
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    Glad you could have a great experience ! two remainings ones ( Aunts wedding )
     
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    Great to read! So happy it was good. Had my suspicions it would be.
     

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