Amazing that we have no thread dedicated to these classic spirits.
I must confess to having only a small collection and little experience with these spirits, occasionally having a glass of the Tesseron Lot 53 when I felt like a woody spirit, but not for something like George T. Stagg bourbon, or a glass of the Ognas Armagnac if I wanted to savor something a little more aromatic and fruitier. Then I decided to take a little day trip to New York with my father to shop at Astor and then while away the evening at the Brandy Library. We drank well -- my father the Darroze 1971 St. Aubin Armagnac followed by the Ferrand 1970 Grande Champagne Cognac, while I chose to drink a whisky first, and followed with the 1970 Godet Cognac. We traded sips, naturally, and while all the spirits were excellent, the Godet may simply have been the best liquid I have ever tasted. It was incredible! It was revelatory! Now I am most certainly expanding the brandies that I have stocked, and SF is as good a place to educate and be educated as any.
Anyway, my modest collection : 1996 Darroze, Tesseron Lot 53 XO, Ferrand Reserve, Godet 1970, and center, 1981 Ognoas.
Not in shot are: Ferrand Ambre, a couple of VSOPs, and the Courvoisier VS for my Sidecars not in shot, and my few apple brandies: Laird's bottled in bond, 7yo, and a Busnel Hors d'Age.
The styles of brandy are so house-dependent, that it seems hard to know what to choose? What are you guys drinking?