Instantly recognizable for its distinctive Puma design, Meukow was originally established by two Russian brothers in France to supply the Czar with Cognac. This was back in 1862, and the distillery’s fame has increased since – providing both the White House and the British House of Lords with spirit.
The Cognac is made with the classic Ugni Blanc grape, which are pressed and then fermented, before being distilled twice in traditional pot stills. This VSOP has been aged for five years in French oak casks, a year longer than the legally stipulated amount. However, this bottling is a blend of different eaux-de-vie, with some of the spirit used being considerably older.
The final result is a beautifully rich and well balanced Cognac, with notes of dried fruits, liquorice, leather, vanilla, plums, apples, peaches, pressed flowers, a touch of coffee and some dark chocolate.
Well-balanced and complex, this is one of the better VSOP bottlings you are likely to encounter.