BLENDING. The nose of Richard Braastad plays an important role in the making of our cognacs. He has been with the company since the age of 16, following his father Christian and uncle Jaques as the Master Blender. Richard has around 13,000 casks of cognac from different crus and of different ages to keep track of and to choose from when seeking perfection in our products. For instance, if Richard feels that the sensation of vanilla in his latest VSOP blend is a little low, he might track down an old cask containing a certain 15 year old Petite Champagne Cognac that he knows has a distinct tone of vanilla and use this to balance his VSOP blend perfectly.
In the heart of Grande Champagne in the village of Jarnac lies the impressive Chateau de Triac. The chateau is the home of Cognac Tiffon, to which the cognac brand Braastad belongs. Rubbing shoulders with other famous cognac houses such as Bisquit or Courvoisier. In 1899, a young man from Norway, Sverre Braastad, decided to follow his uncle to Cognac and found work with the house of Bisquit, working in export and sales. Sverre met and fell in love with Edith Rosseau, the daughter of Mederic Tiffon and they married in 1913. In 1919, Sverre and Edith finally took charge of the family business and Braastad Cognac was born. In the 1940s the family acquired the Chateau de Triac and large vineyards in both the Grande Champagne and the Fins Bois cognac growing areas.
The couple nurtured their brand, and had eight children along the way. When Sverre died in 1979 he did so content in knowing that both he and his family had had a profound effect on the world of cognac, and that his legacy would be continued by his children. He placed family members in leading positions in some of the most famous cognac houses worldwide, including Courvoisier, Delamain and Bisquit.
He left his beloved cognac house in the capable hands of his family, and today, three generations on, the Braastad clan still produce their wares in the time honored traditions of old.
The whole process of producing cognac is carried out at the family estate. From growing and tending the grapes through to the finished product, not a single step is completed without the say so of current cellar master Richard Braastad. At any one time he has around 13,000 casks of cognac in his care, from various terroirs and a multitude of ages.
The cognac house remains firmly a family run affair, with Antoine Braastad heading the sales team and Jan Braastad as head of finance. The brand is shipped to the four corners of the globe and is one of the largest family owned cognac houses in existence, producing a wide range of cognacs from a VS through to their flagship product, Braastad Chateau de Triac – Reserve de la Famille.
The house of Braastad concentrates solely on producing cognac. Their oldest label is the Reserve de la Famille, produced from eaux-de-vie originating from the vineyards around the chateau and averaging around 50 years in age. Perhaps not unsurprisingly, cognac Braastad is highly thought of in Norway, with the family retaining strong ties to their roots. Braastad Cognac XO Superieur - Tres Vieille Réserve as well as XO Fine Champagne Extra Old received silver medals at the 2007 International Wine and Spirits Competition.