In its 2017 winter edition, dental lifestyle magazine Incisal Edge welcomes a new spirits writer, Lauren Mowery, who offers insight into Cognac.

Her recommendation: Forget the omnipresent big brands and toast the season with a stellar spirit from one of a few quality-minded houses.

Can Cognac sub in for your morning mouthwash? Doubtful, despite being reputed to confer a variety of health benefits since the eighteenth century.

But visit Incisal Edge to learn more about this grape-based French spirit, and meet Lauren, who has covered the world through the lens of drink for publications including Wine Enthusiast, Forbes and Saveur: