Health Benefits of Cognac

Is Cognac Good For Your Health?

Some scientific research says yes.  There are multiple reasons that there are health benefits of cognac.

Cognac is world renown as a world class spirit whose creation involves a careful, arduous and painstaking process from soil to glass. Cognac is well-known for its lifting the spirits of its aficionados. Cognac is a pleasure sipped straight or on ice and can complement or enhance a fine meal or cigar. There may also be health benefits to cognac. According to one spry 102 year old marathon runner, Cognac can also help keep you young.

Meet Ernest Dunn

In 1972, then 57 year old Ernest Dunn was “prescribed” a little cognac for his poor circulation. He describes how he would take a shot of Cognac, straight every day. He apparently follows this regime to this day.

Mr. Dunn secrets to longevity do not rest on Cognac alone. Among his pearls of wisdom he describes:

Don’t give up on yourself.
Don’t abuse yourself, love yourself and take care of yourself.
Think for yourself.
Stand on your own feet.
Always be involved in exercise.
Don’t think old.
Keep moving.
If your feet hurt, massage them, be like a rubberband.

Health Benefits of Cognac

health benefits of cognac

According to an article in Livestrong, there is scientific evidence that Cognac may be good for you in moderation.

These benefits include:

-increase antioxidant levels that can prevent risk of clogged arteries, heart disease, cancer and vision loss and may even help the body absorb other antioxidants.

-may reduce risk for blood clots.

-may limit risk for type 2 diabetes and gallstones.

Any of these potential health benefits, however, are negated if Cognac is consumed immoderately – i.e. one drink per day for women and no more than two drinks per day for men. Any thing more than that increases health risk.

Keep Your Cognac Bottle In Mint Condition

How do Keep Your Cognac Bottle In Mint Condition?

How do you keep your cognac bottle in mint condition? It’s a question that we’re often asked, and is something that many people have varying opinions on.  Another often raised question is, how long can you keep an unopened bottle of Cognac?

Here are some considerations to take into account regarding best practice when it comes to storing Cognac.

The first thing to understand is that Cognac does not continue to age once bottled.  This means that storing a bottle for 10 years (or more) will not make it any older – the contents will remain the same age as they were when they left the barrel.  However, this doesn’t mean that it’s not worth buying an exceptional bottle and storing it for as long as you like.  As we’ve reported, there are a great many people who’re investing in high-end Cognacs such as ourselves.


So, with regards to an unopened and sealed bottle of Cognac, if stored correctly then the contents will remain safe for a good amount of time.


store rivente cognac bottle


What is the best way to store my Cognac bottle?

You may well have heard that the bottle must be stored in an upright position so the Cognac doesn’t come into contact with the cork, and this may well be correct.

However, cork is not a substance that has an infinite lifespan, and if it’s not in contact with the Cognac at all then it might become dry.  Bottles should be kept in the shade and in a cool place with no extremes of temperature – a cellar is ideal.

But, a word of advice – if the environment is too humid, the labels might suffer and come off the bottle – obviously not an ideal scenario.  This is why a cellar often proves a hospitable place to store Cognac, with the temparature in such a place remaining fairly constant, as well as ensuring that the bottle isn’t exposed to any sunlight.

And when it comes to understanding the best temperature at which to keep your Cognac, then the most important thing to consider is that it’s constant.  In other words, no extremes of temperature.  Indeed, room temperature is quite sufficient.

If you open a bottle of Cognac, how long will it keep?

Regarding an open bottle, then there’s no official amount of time a Cognac can be stored before the quality will begin to fade.  However, once the Cognac comes into contact with the air, it will gradually begin to deteriorate and evaporate.  The more air in the bottle, the faster this will happen.

Realistically, you can think that it’s okay to store an open bottle of Cognac for around six months before this deterioration becomes noticeable.  If you wish, you can decant the contents into a smaller container.  This ensures the air to liquid ratio remains as small as possible, helping to slow the deterioration process.

But even though an open bottle will deteriorate with age, it’s still fine to drink.  It’s just that you might notice a difference in the taste as the months go by.

store cognac bottle

How long can you keep Cognac?

Now, this is a very commonly asked question; how many years can you keep a bottle?  Well, the simple answer is, for a long time – but not too long.  Old Cognacs are a fragile product.

So there you have it.  Our advice on how to store a Cognac bottle.  We hope it answers many of the questions of those who’ve taken the time to write in.


Of course we want for you to use your bottle in your trophy case, or finish it in time to purchase another one, but we always encourage you to do cognac YOUR way.

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