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Beverages/Cognac "Napoleon"


I have a bottle of Cognac "Napoleon" V.S.O.P., distilerie  Marmot,80 proof. Some sediment in bottle. Could be cork?  Original box, excellent shape. Age known to be at least 65 yrs. old. Unopened.
Question, Should I open it and enjoy it, or is it worth something to a collector type individual that would appreciate it more than I would?

Hi Bill

Distilled spirits like this are so high in alcohol that they don't change much, for better or for worse, over time.  SO while yours is still perfectly good to drink, it hasn't appreciated in value the way some fine wines do.  It's not worth much more than a current bottling.

Open it up and enjoy it!

Paul Wagner


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I have spent most of my adult life eating and drinking throughout the world, and can usually remember some of it! With Rick Kushman of Capital Public Radio, I host a radio show and podcast called Bottletalk at, where I answer questions about food and drink on the air.


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