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80th Anniversary Gifts

These vintage calvados and armagnacs are very valuable and rare being distilled 80 years ago in 1940. They have wonderful flavours but the depleting availability of these vintages makes them unique and fitting presents for your very special 80th Anniversary. Since distillation they have been aged for decades in French oak casks. Initially the newly distilled spirit is put into new oak barrels, which have been toasted to kill off the harmful tannins in the wood and about 6 – 12 months later it is transferred to old barrels where it will gradually mature. During this process the cognac reacts with some of the good tannins and clearly, the more the cognac comes into contact with the wood, the quicker this will happen but there are other factors which can slow or speed up the process. Some cellar masters prefer to use barrels made from a tightly grained oak from the Tronçais forest but a wider grained oak found in the Limousin forests can also be used. Most cognacs are aged in Limousin barrels as the spirit penetrates the wood faster than in the Tronçais barrel. Oak is the traditional gift for an 80th anniversary, while diamonds or pearls are a more modern gift. Traditionally, oak is used in place of gems or precious metals because the oak tree takes a long period of time and commitment to reach full maturity, which is a direct reflection of the hard work and dedication that is necessary to sustain an 80-year marriage or to get to an 80th Anniversary. It is very fitting that this description can be directly applied to the production of the very finest cognacs!

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  1. Hermitage 1940 Grande Champagne St Fort Cognac

    This cognac has aged in cellars that are of medium dampness for more than 60 years in the south west corner of the top cru near the River Né.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: The initial aroma of lemon oil turning more to pine is accompanied with a hemp background
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The palate is that of lemon tea with a buttery taste and feel. The length and balance is good.
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    Excl. VAT: £731.37 Incl. VAT: £877.64

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    This cognac has aged in cellars that are of medium dampness for more than 60 years in the south west corner of the top cru near the River Né.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: The initial aroma of lemon oil turning more to pine is accompanied with a hemp background
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The palate is that of lemon tea with a buttery taste and feel. The length and balance is good.
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  2. Hermitage 1940 Grande Champagne Cognac

    IWSC 2019 - Gold Award

    "Wonderfully powerful aromas, that absolutely typify good old Cognac. A truly unctuous palate." Judges' comments

    This cognac has an aroma of chestnuts, truffles and yeast, some of which are reflected in the flavour. There is also a hint of grapefruit on the tail of this well balanced cognac which is long and delicious.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fresh straw, yeast, chestnuts and black truffles..
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Initially hickory and ginger developing into hints of clove, liquorice and damsons with a citrus tail.
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    Excl. VAT: £735.12 Incl. VAT: £882.14

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    IWSC 2019 - Gold Award

    "Wonderfully powerful aromas, that absolutely typify good old Cognac. A truly unctuous palate." Judges' comments

    This cognac has an aroma of chestnuts, truffles and yeast, some of which are reflected in the flavour. There is also a hint of grapefruit on the tail of this well balanced cognac which is long and delicious.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fresh straw, yeast, chestnuts and black truffles..
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Initially hickory and ginger developing into hints of clove, liquorice and damsons with a citrus tail.
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  3. Castarède 1940 Bas Armagnac

    This is quite pruney and has a deeper flavour than some of the other armagnacs in the Castarede range and probably distilled outside the normal Castarede range of distillers.

    Flavour:
    Flavour: This is quite pruney and has a deeper flavour than some of the other armagnacs in the Castarede range
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    Excl. VAT: £988.47 Incl. VAT: £1,186.16

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    This is quite pruney and has a deeper flavour than some of the other armagnacs in the Castarede range and probably distilled outside the normal Castarede range of distillers.

    Flavour:
    Flavour: This is quite pruney and has a deeper flavour than some of the other armagnacs in the Castarede range
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  4. Delord 1940 Bas Armagnac

    At this age all armagnacs should be good, this is no exception. Very smooth and intensely fruity with a fine finish and length on the palate.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Orange, underwood, cinnamon, almonds and straw.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Soft and balanced with a lovely length and fruity, coffee flavours.
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    Excl. VAT: £990.19 Incl. VAT: £1,188.23

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    At this age all armagnacs should be good, this is no exception. Very smooth and intensely fruity with a fine finish and length on the palate.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Orange, underwood, cinnamon, almonds and straw.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Soft and balanced with a lovely length and fruity, coffee flavours.
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