The world of cognac is full of wonders, but you need to know what you are looking for. For instance, cognac specifications, VS, VSOP and XO (read more about VS, XOand Armagnac). What does VSOP stand for?
VSOP stands for Very Superior Old Pale, quite often, “Superior” is replaced with “Special”. In order for a cognac to be categorized as VSOP, it has to be aged in barrels for four years. However, a lot of the spirits in this category are often even older. The youngest eau-de-vie is the one in the blend that determines the quality of the cognac. As an example, you can mix the most premium cognac with a VSOP, but it won’t be categorized as anything higher than VSOP even if the other component is a lot older.
The origins of the VSOP expression is dated back to 1817. During that period of time, many cognacs were sweetened with sugar and caramel, so it was hard to tell the quality of the liquor. As a result, an order was passed to only name a cognac VSOP if it didn’t have any additives to manipulate the flavour.
Other designations for VSOP are “Old” and “Reserve.” Interestingly, back when cognac first became popular, VSOP cognac was often called “Cognac,” without any prefixes.
While there are quite a few brands making VSOP cognac, the most prominent are Hennessy and Remy Martin. Both of them have put a lot of money and time not only in spirit distilleries, but also marketing. As a result, they are the world’s most known and best-selling VSOP cognacs!
If you are getting into cognacs or a big VS enthusiast who wants to try more aged spirits, you can buy VSOP cognac at our liquor store in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, or shop online at ZYN.ca!