Fetty Wap would love this list. He most likely goes for the higher end bottles, but he didn’t base his entire brand around Rémy Martin’s 1738 for nothing!
You don’t have to be famous and rich to enjoy a nice bottle of cognac. So without further ado, here are the 10 best affordable cognacs you can buy for under $100.
Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal
The name of this cognac kind of sounds like a sports car, but you just might feel royal when you drink it. As one of the best affordable cognacs, its complex flavor is what makes the Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal a favorite. It features dry notes of oak and white pepper, hints of fruit including plum and raisin, and finally the succulent taste of hazelnut and dark chocolate.
Is your mouth watering yet?
Isn’t it awesome when a cheap liquor doesn’t taste cheap? The Gautier VSOP, like a few other cognacs on this list, costs less than $50 and features lovely notes of honey, vanilla, caramel, and oak. It’s one of the best affordable cognacs for someone who enjoys a sweet cognac.
Courvoisier VSOP Exclusif
The Courvoisier VSOP Exclusif is one of the fruitier cognacs you’ll find in this price range. This cognac is quite dry at first, so be able to handle a good burn. It is a spicy and sweet cognac, reaching a calmer flavor profile after the initial sip.
This particular type of Courvoisier cognac is unique because you can use it as a mixer, in addition to drinking it straight. Of course, as a mixer, it works best for stronger, more elegant cocktails.
Fun fact: A$AP Rocky is an ambassador for the Courvoisier brand.
Courvoisier 12 Year
This cognac is called the “12 Year” because the grapes used to make it were aged for—you guessed it—12 years, in order to reach optimal flavor. As with most great cognacs, this bottle of Courvoisier balances fruit with spices.
Hints of ginger and cinnamon give the Courvoisier 12 Year its edge. While vanilla, caramel, and the flavors of the grapes smooth the palette. Having received near perfect scores in various ratings and contests, the Courvoisier 12 Year is one of the best affordable cognacs, and no mistake.
Camus VSOP Elegance
The Camus VSOP Elegance tastes almost like pie. Its flavors include roasted fruits such as apples and pears. A butterscotch flavor carries throughout.
If you’re someone who wants to enjoy a glass, without as much of a burn, this smooth cognac is perfect for you. Because of its flavor palette, it also does very well as a dessert liquor.
Camus VSOP Borderies
The Camus VSOP Borderies has exactly what you’d want out of an ideal cognac: citrus, cinnamon, and chocolate. It is one of the best affordable cognacs you can buy, simply because it does exactly what it’s supposed to—provide a great end to a great meal.
If you’re new to the world of cognac, this is a bottle you’ll want to try, to get a good idea of how this kind of liquor is supposed to feel and taste.
Paul Giraud Vieille Reserve XO
This cognac is a both smokey and delicate. It warms the throat—as does all liquor—but it doesn’t set you on fire. Peach and nectarine notes combine with a taste of maple syrup to create a cognac that is truly special.
Note that it is an XO, meaning it is an extra old cognac, or a cognac from an old reserve. The Paul Giraud Vieille Reserve was aged for 25 years before the product went to market. (Of course, if you want an incredibly aged cognac, you’re going to have to spend thousands upon thousands of dollars.)
Prunier VSOP Grande Champagne
Grande Champagne is a region in France where cognac can be made. So many cognacs qualify as a Grande Champagne. Whenever you see those two words attached to a cognac label, that means it was made in the best region possible.
Naturally, cognacs from this region can get seriously expensive. While the Prunier VSOP Grande Champagne doesn’t come with a hefty price tag, it is still of great caliber. It’s light, smooth, and features notes of apple, orange, vanilla, and caramel. The Prunier VSOP Grande Champagne may very well be one of the best affordable cognacs available, if not the best.
Hennessy Privilège VSOP
Hennessy is probably the most recognizable of all of the cognac brands, partially because almost every rapper raps about how much they love it. But Hennessy also has a solid reputation in its own right, producing some of the best affordable cognacs (and some of the more expensive ones, too) on the market.
The Hennessy Privilége VSOP is a delicious blend of apricots, apple, honey, and oak. Like the Courvoisier VSOP Exclusif, this cognac can be sipped straight, or mixed in a cocktail.
Hennessy Fine de Cognac
The Hennessy Fine de Cognac costs a little bit more than the Hennessy Privilège VSOP; but the subtle difference in price is worth the taste. Lemon, almond, and honey define this signature cognac, making it one of the more unique cognacs on this list. It is not a traditional cognac, but it still makes for a very satisfying drinking experience, and is considered to be one of the best affordable cognacs on the market.