Grande Champagne Cognac meets Japan’s unique oak; Courvoisier Mizunara Cognac is an experience never tasted before.
With only 500 bottles created and only 30 made available for the entire UK, this collaboration between Courvoisier and House of Suntory may prove one of the most sought-after Cognacs the world has ever seen.
Courvoisier is famed for its meticulous wood selection, but even by their exacting standards, this is pushing brandy’s boundaries. It was created by Patrice Pinet and Shinji Fukuyo. The former is Courvoisier’s sixth chief blender, who has been on their tasting committee for over 30 years. The latter is House of Suntory’s fifth-generation chief blender, who is the man behind iconic whiskies such as Yamazaki Sherry Cask, Hibiki Japanese Harmony and Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve, to name just a few.
Together, they took the most famous eaux-de-vie of the Cognac region, Grande Champagne, and filled it into French oak for its first maturation. After that, it was finished in casks made from the legendary Japanese mizunara oak tree. After World War II, Japan found it very hard to secure barrels to mature its spirits in, but demand was growing. So, they turned to Japanese oak, also known as ‘mizunara’. It’s painfully difficult to work with, making it expensive and rare, but its tight grain imparts exotic aromas of sandalwood, incense and souk spices. Anything aged in it is intriguing, unique and in high demand.
Courvoisier Mizunara Cognac is a spirit that comes in waves. The first brings sandalwood, roasted cocoa, sweet spices and tobacco from the Mizunara. While still reeling from that one, another wave washes over you, bringing tropical fruit, jasmine, fruitcake and vanilla. Then the finish rides in on a wave of luxuriously runny honey. The final wave is one of desire for another precious sip. This is a sensational combining of cultures that should not be missed.
As one of the biggest names in the spirits world, this brandy’s long and illustrious popularity stretches from being ‘Le Cognac de Napoleon’ and the Royal Courts of Europe to becoming the first Cognac to appear on TV and being eulogised by rapper Busta Rhymes in his song ‘Pass the Courvoisier’. In a word, timeless.