June 4th NATIONAL COGNAC DAY … Drink Responsibility!!!

June 3, 2015

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National Cognac Day is celebrated from coast to coast each year on June 4.

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A well-known variety of brandy, Cognac was named after the town of Cognac in France.  It is produced in the wine-growing region which surrounds the town from which it takes its name.

Certain legal requirements must be met within the production for a distilled brandy to bear the name Cognac.   Specific grapes are one requirement along with the need to distill the brandy twice in copper pot stills.  The brandy must also be aged at least two years in French oak barrels from Limousin or Troncais.   Most cognacs are aged much longer than the minimum legal requirement.

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There are close to 200 cognac producers.  According to one 2008 estimate, more than 90% of cognac for the U.S. market oomes from only four producers.

The following are cognac-based drinks:

  • Grand Marnier – made from cognac and distilled essence of bitter orange
  • Pineau des Charentes – a sweet aperitif, composed of eau-de-vie and grape must
  • Domaine De Canton – cognac based ginger liqueur
  • Dutch brandy (Vieux) – Dutch imitation cognac, usually containing some cognac

Happy National Cognac Day

NATIONAL COGNAC DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Cognac Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

via – NDC

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