Is this really a Cognac?!

I tough I was reviewing a 1979 Cognac today but after putting my nose in the glass I’m not totally sure if it’s an old cognac or a 90’s Irish dram!

Maison Prunier 42yo 1979-2021 (53.7%, The Whisky Jury, Petite Champagne, 570 bottles)

Colour: Deep copper with gentle golden hues.
Nose: Is this a cognac or an old fruity whisky? Guys this is kind of crazy, really! A lot of vegetal notes, freshly cut grass, tropical fruits, pineapples, mangoes, ripe passion fruits, papaya, oranges, unripe bananas and some delicate waxy notes too!
Mouth: The alcohol integration is perfect and the texture is oily. At start there is a burst of tropical ripe fruits with bananas, pineapples, mangoes, passion fruits, yellow peaches and again some touch of candle wax. After that there is some citruses notes and some mentholated freshness. Finally at the end of the mouth arrives some woody notes, pine wood to be accurate, adding another layer of freshness and dryness.
Finish: Long. There is some hints of sea salt, candied orange zest, noble wood adding some powerful dryness and also some astringent notes but also citruses and pine wood adding a powerful freshness. The feeling at the end of the finish just invites you to take one more sip!

This Cognac blew my mind! Everything is perfectly balanced, powerful, integrated and quite complex with a very « 90’s Irish-style » or « 90’s Clynelish-style » profile, wonderful! Hat’s of to you, Whisky Jury!

Score: 91

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