Next up at the Cognac Show 2019 came a Drouet hat trick, introduced to me as integrity-cognac.
‘Boasting a history spanning four generations, the estate of Cognac Drouet et Fils covers 74 acres of Grande and Petite Champagne. However, the cognacs produced are purely from the Grande Champagne. Creating a range of cognacs from Trois Etoiles (three stars) to XO and beyond, Cognac Drouet et Fils remains faithful to the traditional production methods of old. Today, Drouet cognacs can be found throughout the world, with their distinguished packaging and the unique bottle shapes of their top of the range cognacs making them easy to recognise’.
Drouet VSOP  Ob. Grande Champagne 40%
Drouet use small 1000 litre stills [the legal maximum is 2500 litres], deliberately chosen to suit/aid the creation of their cognacs’ unique profile. This one is aged between 5-10 years old.
- C: Fruity dry & waxy. “Like a lowland”, says Ed whilst at that moment I was thinking Daftmill.
Scores 80 points
Drouet Reserve de Jean  Ob. Grande Champagne 40%
Aged between 10-15 years, you could think of this as the VSOP, further aged in old wood to retain the VSOP’s youthful character.
- C: This may have been extra-matured in old wood but those extra years have added a lot, namely a lovely chewy fruity bitterness. Recommended.
Scores 84 points
Drouet XO  Ob. Grande Champagne 40%
Much older than the minimum XO age requirement, this expression is Drouet’s tribute to the well established XO style, yet it’s so very different in comparison to XO from the ‘big four’ that produce 97% of the worlds cognac.
- C: Loving the nuttiness on the nose, the mouthfeel and everything else between & thereafter. You can see why XO style is so popular. A super all-rounder right here.
Scores 86 points