V.S. Very Special – Indicates that the youngest cognac in the blend has been aged at least two years but less than four.
V.S.O.P. Very Special Old Pale / Reserve – Indicates that the youngest cognac has been aged at least four years but less than six.
XO Extra Old / Napoleon – Indicates that the youngest cognac has been aged at least six years. Starting in 2016 the youngest cognac to be designated XO will be ten years.
Hors d’Age – Indicates that the youngest cognac is beyond the rating scale
- Note: The age of a cognac is determined by the youngest cognac but will generally be mixed with older cognacs.
Pale – Cognac whose color is not the result of adding sugar or caramel.
Six Zones of production. Depending on where the grapes used for production come from, the taste on the palette can vary.
- Grand Champagne – Last long on the palette and may have heavy floral notes
- Petite Champagne – Same as Grand Champagne but lesser in intensity
- Fine Champagne – Mix of Grand and Petit Champagne
- Borderies – Give a nutty of fruit filled aroma
- Fin Bois – Also fruity
- Bon Bois / Ordinaires – due to poor soil conditions cognacs from here generally don’t last long on the palette
- Bois a terroirs – Same as Bon Bois/Ordnaires
Estate Cognacs – Cognacs that come from one vineyard
Band – Paper ring around the head of the cigar.
Binder – Piece of leaf that holds the wrapper and filler together.
Bouquet – The smell or scent of the cigar.
Case – Method of moistening tobacco leafs to make it easier to roll.
Double Corona (Prominente) – 71/2″ – 8″ cigar with a ring gauge between 49 to 52.
Gran Corona – 91/4″ cigar with a ring gauge 47
Lonsdale – 6″ – 63/4″ cigar with a ring gauge between 42 to 44.
Robusto – 5″ to 5 1/2″ cigar with a ring gauge of 50
Wrapper (capa) – elastic leaves used to restrain the cigar filler.