Many of the spirits I’ve tasted, purchased and used fall into a category that some would consider expensive. Last week, I was lucky enough to try something that almost all would place into the rare category of expensive. Most would prefix it with that other ex-word, extremely.
Louis XIII is a cognac, meaning it has to be produced according to strict rules using grapes of a certain type, double distilled to form an eaux de vie. in making Louis XIII, 1,200 of these are blended together and aged for a minimum of 55 years.
The marketing for Louis is evocative, “Taste the Century in a bottle”
As a rule, I’m pretty cynical of liquor branding that has this tone. Most often, the floral descriptions are really imaginative extrapolations of the hints in the spirit itself. Sitting with a snifter of this spirit, I think tasting a century is pretty apt.
This has real depth, and more than anything, the scent and experience communicates a real history. I got lost in it, I could have sat there, sniffing at it until the liquid evaporated completely. I certainly don’t know enough to describe it in more detail than that, but I’ve a curiosity about me that means I’ll spend some time finding out.
Costly? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely.