Giboin produce some of the best small-batch Cognac in the region, with each bottle featuring its lot number. Their vineyard is merely 25 acres in size, and located in the Borderies cru of Cognac. This farm features a soil low in acidity and rich in clay, which makes for a low-yield, yet intensely flavoured grape perfect for the production of high-quality Cognac. One feature of this distillery that stands out is its slightly bizarre stills. They have attached to the spirit still a large copper bulb attached, which we suppose aids condensation and increases the copper contact of the spirit, ensuring a purer Cognac. This XO Cognac is one of the distillery’s flagship bottlings. Giboin suggests that this is a “tri-generational” Cognac, that links the distillate of three separate master distillers of the Giboin family. Whilst XO Cognac must be aged for at least six years, but Giboin’s XO draws upon some of the very oldest stock in their reserves. This is a glorious Cognac, with delicate floral notes giving way to richer, fruity aromas on the nose. The palate is rich in sherry-style dried fruits, with roasted almonds, dark chocolate, black tea, rich oak and nutmeg. The finish is a dense spicy affair, with a lasting sweet grape flavour.