Fruity notes vary with the Cognac’s degree of maturation du Cognac. Younger eaux-de-vie reveal notes of apricot, peach, or pear, while 10-year-old spirits will offer almond, hazelnut, or walnut notes. After 20 years, muscat, cherry and orange notes dominate; after 40, coconut and passion fruit.
Rose, violet and daisy are the primary aromas of a young eau-de-vie. Iris, lilac and wild carnation characterise 10-year-old eaux-de-vie. After 20 years, orange blossom, jasmine and honeysuckle take centre stage.
Young eaux-de-vie are scented with oak and vanilla. After 15 years, these change to chocolate, incense, or leather. 30-year-old eaux-de-vie are marked by aromas of sandalwood, cedar wood and cigar box notes.
15-year-old eaux-de-vie reveal notes of ginger, cinnamon and curry. Hints of saffron come out after 20 years and 30-year-old spirits give off balsam and nutmeg aromas.
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Rancio is characterised by notes of mushrooms, damp undergrowth and walnut oil – complex and specific aromas that develop during the long barrel ageing and increase in intensity with the years.