Tesseron Cognac Lot 53 - Perfection

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Tesseron Cognac Lot 53 - Perfection

#1 Post by Paul H Galli » January 18th, 2019, 4:37 pm

Received this in the mail today and popped it.
Again, somewhat preliminary tasting notes, but I'm quickly getting the hang of it.

Tesseron Lot 53 - Perfection
Coppery golden brown color.
Rich nose of vanilla bean, Hershey's Cocoa, spice, mahogany and dried fruit (prune?)
Complex, firm, spicy, honey, dark chocolate, orange peel entry led to a very long, dry nutty, floral finish.
I'm getting that this unique combination of nuttiness and dryness is what rancio is all about.
The Delamain Pale & Dry which I also like does not have this aspect in it's aftertaste.
Perfectly balanced with no alcoholic burn on the back of the tongue or throat.
A wonderful Cognac which goes down mighty easy!

Now the comparison to the lot 29.
IMO, the Lot 29 is preferable over the Lot 53. By a fair bit, unfortunately, for me. ($$$)
Why?
1) The Lot 53 taste intensity is even handed from start to finish. There is less fireworks in the mouth.
The Lot 29 starts out with a similar intensity, but absolutely goes thermonuclear in it's finish. (the old iron fist in a velvet glove descriptor)
2) The Lot 29 has this lush, scrumptious fruit and finish that is addictive.
The lot 53 is more firm, a tad less sweet and not as luscious. (some may prefer that profile).
3) The Lot 29 is darker, more complex with more layers of flavor.

That said, at twice the price, the Lot 29 is NOT twice as good.
But dammit, I think it's so unique, that in my case, it's worth the premium!
And believe me, the Lot 53 is no slouch. It's a beauty!
There's just more "Shock and Awe" to the Lot 29.

I will need to compare these pups mano e mano for a final evaluation.
Should be fun!

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Re: Tesseron Lot 53 - Perfection

#2 Post by Paul H Galli » January 19th, 2019, 9:06 pm

Had this again tonite and it was better the 2nd time around.
A really great Cognac!
I still prefer the Lot 29.
But I can see why others may not....

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#3 Post by Paul H Galli » January 21st, 2019, 9:11 pm

Damn!
After sipping on the Lot 29 and Lot 53 for the past four days, I had some of my old standby Delamain Pale & Dry.
As The Cream once sang, What A Bringdown..... [cry.gif]

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#4 Post by Paul H Galli » February 19th, 2019, 9:09 pm

The more I taste the Lot 53, the more I like it.

Originally, I much preferred the Lot 29.

My opinion now is that they are pretty close in quality, with the Lot 29 winning by a whisker!

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#5 Post by Craig G » February 19th, 2019, 9:18 pm

Easy to say now that you ran out of Lot 29!
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#6 Post by Paul H Galli » February 20th, 2019, 7:57 am

Craig G wrote:
February 19th, 2019, 9:18 pm
Easy to say now that you ran out of Lot 29!
Never said I ran out..... [wink.gif]

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#7 Post by Anton D » February 20th, 2019, 9:32 am

Time to pick up your game and hit some Hardy Le Printemps or Hine 250, 1953.

You can still find some Remy Martin Louis XIII Grande Champagne Très Vieille Age Inconnu here and there.

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#8 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » February 20th, 2019, 9:49 am

Or normandin mercier tres vielle... that’s one I save for a special occasion.

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#9 Post by Paul H Galli » February 20th, 2019, 10:58 am

A Pox on you all.... [swearing.gif]

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#10 Post by Larry Kaplan » February 20th, 2019, 3:17 pm

Try the 65 if you get the chance it will make you weep
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#11 Post by Alan Eden » February 20th, 2019, 6:43 pm

Whats the entry pricing to these please
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#12 Post by Craig G » February 20th, 2019, 6:52 pm

In the US, Tesseron 53 starts around $280; Dudognon Heritage around $200, Navarre around $200. There’s lots of good Cognac for less but these 40-50 year blends are at another level.
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#13 Post by Alan Eden » February 20th, 2019, 7:02 pm

Its $399 at binnys, seems steep
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#14 Post by Paul H Galli » February 20th, 2019, 7:54 pm

Check out Premiers Grands Crus in France.....

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#15 Post by Alan Eden » March 5th, 2019, 6:05 pm

Found some in UK for $220 including vat, having it brought over soon looking forward to it
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