Hine Rare VSOP is a blend of about 20-25+ different eaux-de-vie (the Hine website says twenty, but the bottle packaging says over twenty five) made from Ugni Blanc grapes from the Grande Champagne (60%) and Petite Champagne (40%) appellations that are aged six to twelve years in French Limousine oak barrels.
Light golden copper.
Orange resin, oak and vanilla.
Ginger, chocolate, orange and oak.
Very long caramel raisin spice bite.
Hine Rare VSOP is delicate, elegant, fresh and light. There are no brooding complex notes in Hine Rare VSOP and is thus approachable and a great introduction to VSOP cognacs. The complexities of an aged cognac are clearly evident but not overpowering. We also tasted Hine Rare VSOP with a dash of chilled ginger ale. The result was a refreshing cognac quaff.