I havent had cognac since i was 16 or something..... My mum used to have her own stash of port and tia maria. Needless to say I had a bit of both. I say a bit but i think I was the reason she stopped buying any sort of alcohol completely. I cant remember if tia maria had a sharper taste, or at least i think it did. Though, I wasnt completely in the mood to get totally munted. though i never seem to be these days.