Strength in ABV
Andrew Hayes

UK

#1 Feb 25, 2011
Why does Cognac rarely exceed 40% ABV? I am a big fan of Scotch Malt Whisky for which the legal minimum ABV is 40% and I reguarly by bottles at 'cask strength'(anything from around 50 to 60% ABV depending on age).

I have one cognac bottled by an Indpendant Scotch bottler which is 49% ABV and they used to have one at 52% ABV. I have never, ever seen a another cognac at 'cask strength'.

Why is this?

Kind regards

Andrew
JAMES

Silver Spring, MD

#2 Feb 25, 2011
Be couse the french goverment made a law in 40's or 50's that cognac can only be 40% thats why.
I have some bottles from the 1930's 1 is 44% and the other is 42% i to do not understand why they would a law like this.
Kind regards, James

Since: Feb 11

Oberhausen, Germany

#3 Mar 7, 2011
There are older Cognacs like this Camus Cognac http://www.cognac-expert.com/vintage-cognac/c... or this Camus Vintage Cognac: http://www.cognac-expert.com/vintage-cognac/c...

Don't think there's a law
Ton

Oosterbeek, Netherlands

#4 Mar 23, 2011
There's no max on alcohol%. The minimum is 40% however.
I have seen cognacs with more then 40%; up to 49.4%. That was a "Cognac de Collection" from Jean Grosperrin Bon Bois 1975.
Ton

Oosterbeek, Netherlands

#5 Mar 23, 2011
Stronger still: Daniel Bouju Royal - brut de fut: 60%.

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