Cognac additives

It is legal to adjust the flavour of cognac with additives such as sugar, caramel and wood extract, which are used by the majority of cognac houses to varying degrees.

Caramel is added to give a stable colour to a product that is ready to be sold, sugar to give a slightly rounder flavour that moderates the alcohol, and «boisé” to give an oak aroma to cognac without costly storage in casks, apart from which it produces a lot of tannin and a deeper colour.