The Showdown: Courvoisier VS & The Perfect Glassware

Are you looking to find the perfect to serve your Courvoisier VS or VSOP ? Well, you've come to the right place! In this blog post, we'll discuss the best glasses for both the Courvoisier VS and VSOP Cognacs.

When it comes to serving Courvoisier VS or VSOP Cognac, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Both cognacs require different types of glasses in order to bring out their unique flavors and aromas.

The Courvoisier VS is a blend of eaux-de-vie aged between two and four years. This cognac has a fruity, floral, and spicy aroma that goes especially well with a classic tulip glass. The tulip glass is designed with a wide opening at the top and a tapered bottom that traps the aroma inside for an intense flavor experience.

Meanwhile, the Courvoisier VSOP is made from eaux-de-vie aged for at least four years. This cognac has a more complex flavor profile than its younger counterpart, and requires a different type of glass to properly appreciate it. We recommend using a snifter or balloon glass – both have similar shapes that allow you to swirl your courvoisier before taking your first sip.

When it comes down to it, choosing the right glasses for your Courvoisier cognac can make all the difference in your tasting experience. Whether you're enjoying a VS or VSOP, make sure you pick up glasses specifically designed for each type – you won't regret it!

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Drinking Courvoisier VS Cognac

Courvoisier VS cognac is best enjoyed neat, or with a single cube of ice. To fully appeciate the flavor and aroma of the cognac, it should be served at room temperature in a tulip-shaped glass. Swirl the cognac in your glass to release its aromas, then take a small sip and allow the cognac to linger on your tongue. This will give you time to taste all its subtle flavors such as hints of apricot and raisins, followed by gentle notes of oak and spice. If desired, add a drop of to open up some of the more delicate flavors. Enjoy!

Differences Between VS and VSOP Courvoisier

The primary difference between VS and VSOP Courvoisier is the age of the eaux-de-vie used to make them. VS Courvoisier is created from eaux-de-vie aged for at least two years, while VSOP Courvoisier is made from eaux-de-vie aged for at least four years. As such, VSOP cognacs generally have a more complex flavor profile than their younger counterparts, ofen leading to a smoother finish and more nuanced notes of flavor. Additionally, many bottles of VSOP Courvoisier will carry designations such as “Old” or “Reserve” that indicate the age of the eaux-de-vie used to create it was even higher than four years.

What is the Meaning Behind the ‘VS' in Courvoisier?

The VS in Courvoisier stands for “Very Special”, which is a classification for Cognac that is made with eaux-de-vie (a type of brandy) that is at least two years old. This indicates that the Cognac has been aged for a minimum of two years, resulting in a more complex flavor and smoother finish. By using eaux-de-vie aged for at least two years, Courvoisier ensures that its VS Cognac has a high quality and well-rounded taste profile.


To conclude, Courvoisier vs Hennessy is a classic debate when it comes to cognac. While both are 80 proof and have 40% ABV, they each offer unique tasting experiences. Courvoisier is slightly more affordable and has a sweeter taste, making it an ideal choice for those who prefer a subtle sweetness. On the other hand, Hennessy is a luxurious option that offers more complex flavor profiles. No matter which one you choose, enjoying your cognac with a crystal glass will enhance the experience and allow you to appreciate the finer nuances of each brand.

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Thomas Ashford

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