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Decode a good Cognac

india Updated: May 17, 2011 00:17 IST

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Here's more on the French brandy.

1 Know your Cognac:

Between Scotch and Whiskey the difference lies in the origin, Scotland and Ireland, however whisky can be made anywhere. Whereas cognac comes only from the Cognac Region in France.

2 Always remember:

When you go purchasing a Cognac make sure that the retailer is well-known in the market as there are counterfeits available too.

3 Enjoy your Cognac:

The best way to enjoy Cognac is neat, on ice or in a mixed drink at 18°C, as well as pairing it with food.

4 Accompany it with:

It goes well with spicy food — Indian, Thai or Chinese cuisine.

5 Serve it in:

Its best to serve the drink in a cellar master glass. For mixed-drinks, a long drink glass is perfect, a tumbler glass for on-ice consumption, and if you'd like to taste it frozen, use a shooter glass.

6 Storing style:

If you re-cap your cognac bottle systematically after having opened it, there’s absolutely no problem till there’s not enough air in the bottle to produce oxidation.

(With inputs from Christophe Bourrie, International Brand Ambassador, Louis XIII)