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  • Hermitage 1890 Grande Champagne Cognac

    18901890We are always excited by a new arrival, especially when it is one from the nineteenth century!  Our Hermitage Paradis1890 Grande Champagne Cognac is the fourth addition to our Paradis range and has just taken pride of place on our shelves.  To add some historical context, 1890 was the year that England witnessed the first official County Cricket match when Yorkshire beat Gloucestershire by 8 wickets.

    This remarkable cognac has spent more than 80 years in its oak cask slowly developing its rich aromas and complex flavours. There are aromas of marmalade, thyme, banana and spices with a rich and lovely complexity of flavours including mandarin, toffee brittle, allspice, marmalade, gingerbread and roasted nut flavours.  Beautifully balanced, the flavours surround the tongue with a rich velvet softness which enhances the intense ‘rancio’.

    And you can hear our MD, David Baker, talking about this cognac and the history of Hermitage as a brand on Food FM's The Drinking Hour with David Kermode.  Select Episode 8 and tune in at 38 minutes, it's very educational!

     

  • 7 of the Best Calvados - The Independent

    calvados"This luxurious French spirit will bring a touch of sophistication to any home bar" says The Independent about the lesser known French brandy, Calvados.  The article features 7 of the best on the market including our very popular Chateau du Breuil 15  Year  Old Pays d'Auge Calvados.  "Winner of a gold at the International Wine & Spirit Competition, you don’t have to just take our word for it that its good."  We have always loved this beautifully presented calvados from the top cru.  "With its waxed lid and red-rope fastening, opening a bottle of this one feels like a ceremony in itself."  The presentation is matched admirably by its aroma and flavour ..... Imagine the smell as a child, coming home from school just as granny is taking a fruit cake out of the oven, this calvados is full of sultana and baked apple aromas and a rich baked apple taste. It is made from 80% fallen apples (which have a higher sugar content) and these account for its unique and delicious flavour.  So, with Father's Day around the corner, what are you waiting for?

  • Father's Day Gifts for Sunday 20th June 2021

    Father'sCognac is known as the King of Brandies so makes the perfect gift this Father's Day.  What better way to say "Thanks", "I Love You" or just, "Enjoy"?

    It's been a tricky time for everyone these last 12 months so, in preparation for this year's special day we have spectacular offers on three of our very own Hermitage Cognacs:

    Hermitage 2010 Grande Champagne is our latest vintage, ideal for those wanting to try a new cognac.

    Hermitage Cafe 20 Grande Champagne is dark and robust, perfect for the coffee lover.

    Hermitage 40 Year Old Grande Champagne is a Master medal winner, the choice of connoisseurs.

    And to tempt your taste buds even further, the Master of Malt Blog includes our 2021 Master Medal Winner, Hermitage 1990, as one of its Top Ten Cognacs for Father's Day.  Enjoy!

  • IWSC - Six of the World's Best Cognacs

    Best Cognacs"There can be few spirits with such an illustrious pedigree and premium connotations as Cognac."  Following the last International Wine and Spirit's Competition (IWSC) a list of the world's six best cognacs was compiled.  How very pleasing it was to read that our Hermitage 2008 Grande Champagne Cognac was listed as one of them.  We have always known that this is a very special cognac.  Relatively youthful for one from the premier cru, it is just 10 years old, single-cask, single-estate and very expensive, but it is also one in a million.  The IWSC described it as "Fresh and powerful with a wealth of flavours delivered through a very expressive and complex set of aromas on the palate. Luscious leather, ginger and rancio notes are boldly evident and intricately balanced with cherry stones and warming spice."  Being single-cask, availability is diminishing fast so if you would like to taste it for yourself, don't hang about.  If you are interested in finding out more about single-cask cognacs take a look at our latest Technical Topic here.

  • The Wine Merchant & The Cognac Hunter

    wine merchantThe Wine Merchant is the first trade magazine aimed solely at independent wine retailers and has been around for nearly 10 years.  This month it published a double page spread featuring the founder of Hermitage Cognac, David Baker, and some of Hermitage's finest cognacs.  Dubbed 'The Cognac Hunter', his story is summed up in the introduction:

    David Baker uses his network of connections in the Grande Champagne region and beyond to seek out the kinds of long-aged, single estate cognacs that tell the story of this classic brandy in a far more evocative and compelling way than the big brands ever could.  You can read the full article here on pages 52 & 53.

    Also in the press this week, Will Lyons of The Sunday Times wrote about 'Special Drinks for Special Birthdays' and concluded that "David Baker at Brandyclassics has assembled an impressive array of old spirits to choose from".   The 'Best bottles to give as gifts' is something we know all about at Brandyclassics.

  • Ultra-Premium Cognacs Are The Latest Collectibles

    Ultra-premiumRegular readers of our Blog will know that we have often compared the astronomical prices of aged and vintage whiskies to the far more modest cognac equivalents, but there are signs that this could be about to change.  Owen Bellwood, writing for The Spirits Business, has been investigating the latest trends in the cognac market and has published his findings here, on page 26.  Perhaps whisky is pricing itself out of the market, and collectors are looking further afield for their investments, but we have recently seen a rapid increase in the demand for ultra-premium pre-1900 cognacs.  This includes those that were produced in the pre-Phylloxera era and those that have been in cask for many decades.

    We have been aware of the changing direction of the cognac market for a number of years and in part, it has given rise to our Hermitage Paradis Cognacs range.  The MD, David Baker, is quoted in The Spirits Business magazine on page 30 as believing that spirits produced by masters of their craft, in creative ways, can become some of the best examples available.  The vintage he cites is the Hermitage 1885 which is "out of this world".

     

     

  • Hermitage 1990 GC Cognac Wins Masters Medal

    masterThe Cognac Masters 2021 results have just been announced and we are thrilled to report that our new Hermitage 1990 Grande Champagne Cognac, presented at 47% abv, received a Masters Medal.  Only 9 of these, the highest possible medal, were awarded in the entire competition so this is particularly pleasing.  You can read about all the results here, in the May 2021 edition of The Spirits Business  magazine starting on page 49.

    Judges' comments include:

    Complex and superbly balanced ~~~ Silky smooth texture ~~~ Really long and expressive

    In other news, we have recently added Hermitage 10 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac to our portfolio and it will replace the Provenance 10 Grande Champagne Cognac in the range.

  • Recent Press Articles Featuring Hermitage Cognacs

    press House Supply featured in the Financial Times supplement
    press David Baker, Hermitage Cognacs is The Bounty Hunter

    Lots to report from the press recently.

    Will Lyons, writing for The Sunday Times, said “Hermitage 1995 Grande Champagne Cognac – An extraordinary cognac sniffed out by David Baker at Brandyclassics, this is one to treasure and bring out on special occasions.  It has an intricate range of flavours, from mocha and dark chocolate to toasty walnut.  Enjoy sparingly and it will keep for years.”

    Henry Jeffreys, the Features Editor for Master of Malt, has written up his Hermitage Cognac Tasting Notes featuring the 1990 41%abv (which has since sold out), 1952, 1960, 1920 and the 1885 which he described as "Simply breath taking".  His in depth article can be read here.

    Club Oenologique featured our Cognac Trophy winner, Hermitage 1960 Grande Champagne Cognac, describing it as "A seamlessly crafted and decadently enjoyable palate."  This was followed by a superb piece from Joel Harrison about 'The cognac bounty hunter', our very own MD, David Baker.  Describing how the company came to be and our most exciting cognac finds to date, you can read it in its entirety here.

  • European Brandy Tariff Suspended by US

    tariff suspendedWe are delighted to inform you that, the United States of America has suspended the 25% Tariff on imported European brandies that was levied at the beginning of this year.  It had been hoped that the recent change of administration would look more favourably on European goods so this 'Tariff Suspended' news is great for our industry.

    All our products, with an abv of 40%, or above, and which originated in the European Union, were affected.

    Initially the Tariff suspension will be for four months but we are all keeping our fingers crossed that it will become a permanent arrangement.

  • The Bottle Story - Frapin 750 How Much?

    FrapinFrapin has just released a limited edition run of this unique presentation to celebrate 750 years since the family’s oldest member was born in Cognac in 1270.  We do applaud these small family firms who have passed on their skills from generation to generation and not taken the easy route of selling to the ‘big four’.  The Frapin 750 contains some very old Grande Champagne eau de vie, albeit blended, and is presented in a Baccarat crystal carafe decorated with Belle Epoch-like grapevine etchings.  Just 21 of these presentations have been produced - to represent the 21 generations of the Frapin family - now that really is history in a bottle.  It oozes quality and style but so does the price tag.  One of these will set you back an astounding £43,956.  That’s equivalent to 25 of our Hermitage Marie Louise Cognacs in crystal decanters!

    Hefty price tags like this are, however, quite common-place in the world of whisky.  Two recent releases demonstrate that, even without 750 years of family firm history, large sums of money can be charged.  Glengoyne and Glenfarcas have just released limited-edition whiskies, in engraved crystal decanters and luxury presentation boxes.  The Glengoyne 50 yo single malt costs £22,500 and the Glenfarcas 60 yo single cask, £19,500.  Compare these prices to equivalent cognacs (Hermitage 50 yo @ £400 and Hermitage 60 yo @ £530) and it is difficult to see where they come from.  Market forces must play their part but demand for old cognacs is on the rise so perhaps soon, their prices will too.

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