The cognac wheel that was introduced by the BNIC has proved to be an ideal source of information when considering aromas from a given cognac or brandy. It divides aromas into seasons considering each in terms of: Spring delicacy, Summer fullness, Autumn richness and the hardness of Winter. Flavours can be defined in a similar manner but perhaps with more defined headings. For years I have considered cognac tastes as falling into 4 different categories. The definitions are more easily defined than those of aromas. Of course, there are thousands of different perceptions of flavour which are recognised in the tastes of cognac. I have taken some of the flavours which have the widest description of each taste. My 4 brandy and cognac taste categories are: Fruit, Savoury, Sweet & Rich, and Nuts & Spice. These can be subdivided to help identify the most likely descriptions of brandy flavours.
Tasting brandies can be subjective. This list is designed to provide a level objectivity with which to identify different cognac flavours.