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Review: Bache-Gabrielsen XO Natur & Eleganse Cognac

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From the maker of one of my most treasured spirits of the year comes Natur & Eleganse, a cognac aged at least 10 years in oak casks.

What’s immediately surprising is how this spirit, deep amber in the bottle, is a pale gold when poured into a glass. The oddities don’t stop there, though.

The palate of Natur & Eleganse (“pure and rustic”) is neither what I’d describe as natur nor eleganse… with a big, woody character that belies its pale complexion. Honey and raisins play on the palate, but it’s undercut — in a massive way — by the nose and body of freshly sawed lumber. The result is not something that’s elegant but rather on the brutish side, a burly by-the-fireside/after-a-day-skiing brandy that’s warming but decidedly rough.

80 proof. Prices vary widely.

B- / $40 / bache-gabrielsen.com

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Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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  1. Alexandre March 15, 2011

    I just love these bottles. The design is unique and quite different to ordinary bottles by Hennessy or Remy Martin. One of my personal favorites is the Bache Gabrielsen Hors d’ Age and every dollar worth:

    http://www.cognac-expert.com/hors-d-age-cognac/bache-gabrielsen-hors-d-age-cognac-grande-champagne

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