We had time to take one tour of a cognac house while we were in town and had trouble deciding which one to visit because they all seemed to offer similar tours. However, a friend told us that Otard was the one to pick because the building itself had a very interesting history. We were definitely steered in the right direction.
Our tour guide was very friendly and spoke good English. The tour started with some history about the chateau itself, which was informative and very interesting. We were able to see many parts of the chateau, including a room with centuries-old graffiti written by English prisoners. After touring the building, we learned about the cognac-making process. It was very interesting and completely kept our attention. At the end of the tour, we got to taste some Otard cognac. It was nice to have the tasting, especially after learning about how the cognac was made.
I would not advise planning anything particularly taxing following the tour because while in the cellars, the "angel's share" of evaporated cognac definitely gets into your system a little bit. All of us, especially the teenagers in our group, were very tired and had low-energy for the rest of the afternoon. Overall, the English tour of Otard was informative, interesting, and filled with fascinating history.
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