The verdict is in! Meukow has some solid Cognacs. This blog post was drafted to illustrate a recent tasting session that featured Meukow ‘Black Panther’ VS, Meukow VSOP and Meukow XO offerings. First off, I’ll quickly admit that I am not a Cognac expert or a professional reviewer. The following blog post is simply my thoughts on the three brands of Meukow Cognac that I have received as tasting samples.
Meukow ‘Black Panther’ VS. First thought – Sweet, fruity flavor. Sipping it straight is pleasant but it is a bit sweet. However, I could see instances were I would reach for the Black Panther, such as mixing a nice cocktail or pairing with a spicy, flavorful cigar. This Cognac is aged a minimum of 2 years.
Next I moved to the Meukow VSOP. First thought – This is a well-balanced Cognac that features a nice blend of sweet and spicy flavors. Meukow VSOP is dangerously easy to drink neat. Be careful not to finish the bottle in one sitting! This Cognac is aged a minimum of 4 years.
To finish the sampling off, I poured a taste of Meukow XO. First thought – Spicy and bold flavors. Some days the spicy kick is preferred and like the VSOP, this is another Cognac that is pleasant and easy to drink neat. This Cognac is aged a minimum of 10 years.
Overall, the VSOP is my personal favorite of the 3 that I have tasted for this short blog. post. I like the balance that is demonstrated, quite tasty. Try it today!
Perfectly crafted ice balls are what separates a simple, cheap drink from a professional pour. Sure, the bartender could have placed a few chunks of ice into a glass, then poured the whisky on top but that would’ve been a different experience. Think about how quickly the ice would have melted with individual ‘chunks’ of ice.
By contrast, the handcrafted ice ball melts slowly, allowing one to savor the slowly changing flavors. Indeed, even one drop of water has a big impact on a whisky straight so it makes sense to slow the evaporation process as much as possible.