Thursday, November 10, 2016

Pierre Ferrand Reserve

Thursday came by and Greg hosted a Tasting session. The bottle was “Pierre Ferrand Reserve”.
The evening coincided with important events:
Shavarsh marked his 43rd birthday,  America elected Trump Hopar as the 45 President and the passing of Leonard Cohen!!!
The discussion of the day as expected revolved around the election and politics. Except for when the time came for the review of the bottle in question.



Bottle: Pierre Ferrand Reserve
Date: Nov 10, 2016
Location: Greg's House

Price: $65


PointsAromaTaste
Emil75
Armik77
Gagik66
Pat--
Arin76
Saro77
Shavo76
Greg6.56
Average6.786.14

Aroma VPP Index Value: $9.58
Taste VPP Index Value: $10.58
















Thursday, October 27, 2016

Why Cognac is so “Expensive”

Why Cognac is so “Expensive”: Have you ever walked through your favourite liquor store and noticed the cognac seems to be, ahem -  a little on the expensive side?  Did you ever wonder if this extra cost was worth it.  Perhaps reading the following might put your mind at rest. So, let's get to the number crunch.  For example, the  production cost of a litre of vodka is around €,0.90.  A liter of 12 year old whisky of 12 years is around €1.70.  And a liter of 3 year old cognac (a VS), bears a production cost of about €7.00!  Now that's a big difference.  But why is the cost of making a liter of cognac so different from that of other spirits?  Let's look at this in a bit more detail. Resource Probably the biggest factor for the relatively high cost of cognac is the cost of resources. Whisky and vodka are alcohol that's created from grain, and the cost of suc resources are really quite low.  Grain is produced in large quantities, are is not limited in the harvest quantity (whereas the grapes for cognac are in strictly

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Hardy XO Rare

Oct 13, 2016 we get together at Shavo's house to taste Hardy XO Rare, with very interesting history and  rich taste.









PointsAromaTaste
Emil88
Armik98.5
Gagik87.5
Pat98.5
Arin88
Saro8.58
Shavo8.58.5
Average8.438.14

Aroma VPP Index Value: $ 14.23
Taste VPP Index Value: $ 14.74



Bottle: Hardy XO Rare
Date: Oct 13, 2016
Location: Shavo's House
Price: $120

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Courvoisier Emperor

What a nice way to celebrate our first anniversary. Today we gathered again and celebrate the first anniversary of Cognac Critics. This is very interesting Cognac, very rich taste and special aroma.

We couldn't find this bottle in US and Armik got it from out of country.

PointsAromaTaste
Emil97.5
Armik88
Gagik87.5
Pat88
Arin77
Greg8.57
Shavarsh67.5
Arin Aboolian97
Average7.97.4

Aroma VPP Index Value: $12.66
Taste VPP Index Value: $13.51






Bottle: Courvoisier Emperor
Date: Sept 8, 2016
Location: Armik's House
Price (in USA): $100

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Hine - Rare VSOP

We are back and once again gathered together to enjoy another bottle. Today we tried Hine Rare VSOP. Emil told us the interesting story for it and we taste the bottle.

Bottle: Hine - Rare VSOP
Date: Aug 18, 2016
Location: Emil's House
Price: $50


PointsAromaTaste
Emil87
Saro8.58
Gagik7.56
Pat8.57.5








 












Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ararat 20 - Nairi

This was a very special tasting session.
Despite the fact that most of the team was not present for this event, 3 of us had the privilege of tasting one of the Armenia's finest in one Armenia's finest locations.
A highly anticipated trip to serene Dilijan set the stage for a perfect night with old and new friends. Armik picked the bottle and the rest is in the books.

Bottle: Ararat 20  - Nairi
Date: July 21, 2016
Location: Daravand Hotel - Dilijan Armenia
Price (in USA): $79

Guest(s) of honor:
Razmik Arzooian
Hrach Djaghatsbanian

PointsAromaTaste
Armik57
Gagik67.5
Hrach1010
Emil45
Razmik--















Saturday, June 18, 2016

Delamain Extra de Grande Champagne Cognac - Father's Day Special

Bottle: Delamain Extra de Grande Champagne Cognac
Date: June 18, 2016
Location: Gagik's House
Price: $ 260


PointsAromaTaste
Pat9.58.5
Saro9.58.5
Armik9.57.5
Shavo97
Arin98
Gagik9.58.5
Emil97
Greg108
Vahik 98
Arthur 98


What a nice way to celebrate 2016 Father's Day. We all gather at Gagik's house for a lunch and pool party and we are going to taste the  Delamain Extra de Grande Champagne Cognac.
There are very high expectations from this bottle, we've been waiting for this for long time and today we are going to reveal the truth. After tasting the cognac the decision was unanimous and everybody agreed that this is the best we ever had till now.











We had a big Father's day celebration, followed by kids appreciation card.







 





Monday, June 13, 2016

Kelt VSOP



Bottle: Kelt - VSOP
Date: June 9, 2016
Location: Saro's House
Price: $60


PointsAromaTaste
Pat76
Saro7.56
Armik7.55
Shavo56
Arin74
Gagik55
Emil65
Greg7.56

Starting summer of 2016 with Kelt VSOP. Nice choice for another night with friends, as a matter of fact we are eight guys who are going over and under any obstacle to make Thursday nights happen. Some have to answer many questions to kids, wife, mother, father, neighbors and street crossing guides before coming and most of the times we appear later than German time!

But who cares ....................We just want to get together and have a great night that otherwise it wont be applicable otherwise.










After moving outdoor we tried another bottle and here are what we think

Kelt XO tasting
PointsAromaTaste
Pat76
Saro75.5
Armik77
Shavo56
Arin--
Gagik77
Emil75.5
Greg87


By the way, be there on time next time ;)

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Delord Bas-Armagnac Napoleon

Bottle: Delord Bas-Armagnac Napoleon
Date: June 2, 2016
Location: Emil's House
Price: $40

PointsAromaTaste
Pat66
Saro6.56
Armik65
Shavo65
Arin87
Gagik86
Emil75
Greg6.56

It is a very important Thursday and time to pop open another bottle.
Today Germany's parliament officially recognized the Armenian Genocide. The cognac critics thanks Germany for the recognition and in turn dedicates a toast to German people while eating German sausages.
We are also entering this post while doing the tasting.
We branched out to Bas Armagnac today to taste a cousin of Cognac.

Yet another wonderful night with friends.


 


Thursday, May 26, 2016

PARK XO

Bottle: PARK XO

Date: May 26, 2016
Location: Arin's house
Price: $90

PointsAromaTaste
Pat87
Saro97
Armik87
Shavo9.57
Arin87
Gagik75
Emil66

Thursday rolled in and it was time for another bottle.
We were gathered at Arin's place and he had a great bottle waiting to be tasted. It is worth mentioning that he made 2 trips to the liquor store. The first bottle he had bought had already been tasted.
Note to participants: make sure you check the blog before purchasing. :))
Guest of honor: Shavarsh

There seems to be some disagreement about the considerations for the aroma. Some believe that the price should not be a factor. We will further discuss this in our next sessions.







Thursday, May 5, 2016

Maison Rouge VSOP

Bottle: Maison Rouge VSOP
Date: May 5, 2016
Location: Patrick's house
Price: $25

Points Aroma Taste
Saro 8 7.5
Armik 7 7
Gagik 8 8
Pat 8 7.5
Emil 9 6
AVG 8 7.2
VPP Index $3.12 $3.47

It was Thursday May 5 and time for another tasting session at Mr. Alexander’s. Patrick had bought us a bottle he had had heard about from this Cognac enthusiast in a YouTube video. This bottle instantly hit the spots with everyone and earned very high marks all around! Everyone agreed that this was the bottle to have stocked at home.

The highlight of the evening wasn’t the Cognac though!!!
An unfortunate accident that had landed one of our elderly in the hospital started a conversation on a sad note. Flash forward 30 years, we all imagined our own assisted living arrangements and this is where Armik painted his masterpiece.
Very impressed with the arrangement provided to his grandmother at Ararat nursing home, he made the case that we all should plan on going there early and have tasting sessions on daily basis after paying off the nurses. As far as availability and time, given the fact that some might be luckier than others with respect to their better halves, generally speaking it is not going be an issue.
We discussed buying a barrel of Cognac so it can age to a fine spirit by that time because buying quality Cognac on social security check is going to be difficult. A quick calculation revealed it will only produce 270 bottles so we decided on 2 barrels to be on the safe side.
Arin will have to pay daily visits to his brother for the first few years because he is going to miss him so much.

All and all, it was another memorable night with the company of great people whom we have the privilege to call friends.