I need some advice about Cognac in cooking please
I am going to buy my first bottle of Cognac in a few days. I will be using it for such things as Julia Child's French Onion Soup, among others.
Can one of you be so kind as to assist me with a brand that would be good for this? I don't want a super-expensive bottle that is just for drinking; However, I also do not want something cheap. I am told by the store that Cognac keeps for several years, so an investment in something worthwhile is not something I would be averse to.
Thank you so much for any advice you have! :)
Hello, I would chose an artisan cognac V.S (for Very Special), also called *** (or Three Stars), a cognac which youngest eau-de-vie is at least two years old. Couprie - Sélection du Domaine or Louis Bouron - VS would be a great start,
And if you want to treat yourself as well as your guests, you may want to try Cognac Jean Fillioux - Cep d'Or. Monique Fillioux is herself a talented cook and uses her husband's creations in her scallops or chocolate soufflé for instance.
Enjoy, and keep exploring cooking with cognac. Chantal MARTELL
Yarm suggested La Foret VSOP, which is a French brandy that is not from the Cognac region. It is a little hard to find, but at $20 is a good value. When I tried it, I added it to my list of recommended brands at the economy level.
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I think that el Presidente Mexican brandy has a fine flavor profile for cooking. Stepping up to drinking Cognac, I like the lower end Pierre Ferrand. From there I have not found any I like that much better for less than about a hundred dollars a bottle, no longer in my price range. I also like Calvados but it is a different flavor than Cognac. I have substituted a lot of different liquors in recipes calling for Cognac, and although it is quite different, have enjoyed the results with, of all things, Jameson's Irish whisky, very sweet in a glass by itself but more subtle in savory dishes. As regards el Presidente, a guy in a liquor store insisted I try E & J for cooking. Yuck. Big mistake.