Review: Pierre Ferrand Ambre Cognac

Review: Pierre Ferrand Ambre Cognac

Unassuming at just $45 (at most — I’ve seen if for $35 sometimes), Pierre Ferrand’s Ambre is hardly an ultra-luxe cognac.

And yet for the price you pay you’re getting an exceptionally high-quality brandy that I find hard not to recommend to any cognac fan. In fact, I like it quite a bit better than some of Ferrand’s older cognacs (which I’ve sampled as long in the tooth as 70 years old).

Aged just 10 years, Ambre takes on a nice amber tone, and the aromas are mellow and fruity. The flavor is moderate — not too intense, making this an easy-drinking day-to-day cognac. Delicious honey, nougat, apricot, fig, and a touch of orange citrus can all be found in the body. The finish is light and refreshing, very smooth and inviting.

It’s hard to believe this cognac is so young and so cheap, but I’m not complaining, Pierre. Promise.

80 proof.


Pierre Ferrand Ambre Cognac




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  1. Nobody on January 25, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    This is a very solid cognac. I used to drink Remy vsop but I’m switching to Pierre Ferrand.

  2. glass jewelry on January 30, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    I recently had the Ambre at a bar and was very pleasantly surprised. This cognac is exceptionally well rounded and an incredible value. I have always enjoyed Pierre Ferrand and decided a few years ago to buy their Abel which is very expensive (~$300) and to be honest, I found that the Ambre is the better cognac. Heresy, yes and I should buy a bottle of the Ambre to really compare, but $40 is easier to swallow.

  3. Alexander on February 14, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Very good cognac indeed, but I think the price is just right. At $45 and up you run into some better stuff, like Armagnac Montel for example.

  4. Cognac Drinker on May 14, 2012 at 9:18 am

    What do you typically get for 35 or 40 Euros. A good VS or VSOP from big brands like Hennessy or Remy Martin. Pierre Ferrand offers a great cognac with an average age of 10 years. This is incredible.
    We want more of such great products.

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