Top 10 creative cask-finished spirits

24th March, 2021 by Owen Bellwood

Courvoisier Avant-Garde Bourbon Finish

Beam Suntory-owned Courvoisier has also been experimenting with barrel finishes and in 2020 premiered its new Avant-Garde series with a Bourbon cask-finished expression.

The first release in the series was Courvoisier Avant-Garde Bourbon Finish, a VS expression finished in Kentucky Bourbon casks. According to Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC) regulations, the Bourbon barrel ageing process does not allow it to be classified as a Cognac, and as such, it is labelled a ‘spirit drink’.

The expression’s additional maturation is said to produce an “elegant and velvety finish with tasting notes of vanilla, honey and sweet marmalade”. On the palate, it is described as having notes of “soft smoky leather and sweet orange”.

The 40% ABV bottling is priced at US$39.99 per 750ml.

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