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There are so many things to look forward to when turning 60. This landmark birthday is often the time to take stock of one’s life so far and look ahead to how one’s role and responsibilities might change. Be it retirement, becoming a grandparent or just finding more time for oneself the 60th birthday makes becoming a sexagenarian an exciting time. And if it is a 60th anniversary, a Diamond Anniversary, it is certainly a time to celebrate with friends, family, work colleagues or teammates. So, finding the perfect, unique 60th birthday gift or 60th anniversary gift will ensure the occasion is remembered for years to come. Whether buying for a brandy connoisseur or just an appreciator of fine, artisan products our vintage cognacs, armagnacs and calvados will always be winners. All those listed below have either been aged in oak casks for 60 years or were distilled in 1961. The best cognacs come from the top cru, Grande Champagne. In this cru the cognacs take the longest time to mature so 60 years of ageing produces very fine, smooth cognacs with a rich rancio, an effect highly sought after by connoisseurs. The very best armagnacs from the Bas cru and finest calvados from the Pays d’Auge appellation also benefit from the extra years of ageing and are a world apart from those generic blends found on supermarket shelves. These rare, expertly produced amber nectars are a real treat which can be enjoyed over time. Stored correctly they can last in perfect condition for years ensuring the 60th birthday or 60th anniversary memories go on and on. A lot has happened in the last 60 years - 1961 was the year that John F Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th US President and the Soviets beat the US to put the first man, Yuri Gagarin, into space. Construction of the Berlin Wall began as the East German Authorities closed the border between East and West Berlin. In the UK, the World Wildlife Fund and Amnesty International were officially started and the farthing and black and white £5 note ceased to be legal tender. Life has changed beyond all recognition since then, thanks to advances in technology. Brandy production may now benefit from electronic bottling plants and grape picking machines but the traditional ageing process over decades has remained the same.