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60th Birthday Gifts

There are so many things to look forward to when turning 60. This landmark birthday is so 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. It certainly is a time to celebrate with friends and family so finding the perfect, unique 60th birthday 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 1959. 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 memories go on and on. A lot has happened in the last 60 years - 1959 was the year that direct dial payphones were introduced in the United Kingdom. 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.

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  1. Hermitage 1917 & 60 Year Old Cognac Gift Presentation

    Hermitage 1917 Limited Edition Cognac was distilled more than 100 years ago and its partner has been aged in the barrel for 60 years. It is the long ageing process that gives cognacs depth of flavour, especially those from Grande Champagne, the premier cru. Two fantastic bottles of cognac history make the perfect gift for the cognac connoisseur.

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    Excl. VAT: £360.23 Incl. VAT: £432.28

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    Hermitage 1917 Limited Edition Cognac was distilled more than 100 years ago and its partner has been aged in the barrel for 60 years. It is the long ageing process that gives cognacs depth of flavour, especially those from Grande Champagne, the premier cru. Two fantastic bottles of cognac history make the perfect gift for the cognac connoisseur.

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  2. Montal 1959 Bas Armagnac

    Bottled soon after the turn of the 21st century, this 1959 vintage was aged for 45 years in oak barrels. The fruitiness seems to get richer every year with these fine old armagnacs and there is excellent depth of flavour.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A wonderful predominace of ripe victoria plums and nutty aromas, which is consistent throughout their range of vintages and which gets richer as they age.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intense richness with great balance and depth. A delightful victoria plum and prune taste with a nutty middle mouth. Fruitiness prevails to the end which is quite long but some toffee and coffee flavours also show at the end. Superb balance and depth of flavour.
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    Excl. VAT: £398.70 Incl. VAT: £478.44

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    Bottled soon after the turn of the 21st century, this 1959 vintage was aged for 45 years in oak barrels. The fruitiness seems to get richer every year with these fine old armagnacs and there is excellent depth of flavour.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A wonderful predominace of ripe victoria plums and nutty aromas, which is consistent throughout their range of vintages and which gets richer as they age.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intense richness with great balance and depth. A delightful victoria plum and prune taste with a nutty middle mouth. Fruitiness prevails to the end which is quite long but some toffee and coffee flavours also show at the end. Superb balance and depth of flavour.
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  3. Hermitage 60 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac

    This remarkable cognac comes from the top cru in Cognac known as Grande Champagne and has been aged in oak casks for more than 60 years.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There is a great complexity of autumnal aromas in this cognac including cigar box, tobacco and truffle as well as ginger, clove and dried fig.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Pure cognacs of great maturity are the finest expression of the distiller. The fine qualities of this cognac are a display of centuries of skill and understanding of distillation and cellar ageing. Flavours of truffle, clove, liquorice, burnt toffee and dried fig with a finish of dried mandarin are all qualities which can be enjoyed with a fine cigar.
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    Excl. VAT: £442.21 Incl. VAT: £530.65

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    This remarkable cognac comes from the top cru in Cognac known as Grande Champagne and has been aged in oak casks for more than 60 years.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There is a great complexity of autumnal aromas in this cognac including cigar box, tobacco and truffle as well as ginger, clove and dried fig.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Pure cognacs of great maturity are the finest expression of the distiller. The fine qualities of this cognac are a display of centuries of skill and understanding of distillation and cellar ageing. Flavours of truffle, clove, liquorice, burnt toffee and dried fig with a finish of dried mandarin are all qualities which can be enjoyed with a fine cigar.
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  4. Castarède 1959 Bas Armagnac

    This Bas Armagnac comes from a blend of two cepages, the Ugni Blanc and Baco. Its fawn coloured robe with some red copper gives some rancio flavours reflecting its long stay in barrels.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A spicy bouquet of sandal wood, vanilla, banana
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The mouth is soft and mellow but this eau de vie has kept the nervous edge of the baco cepage
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    Excl. VAT: £530.65 Incl. VAT: £636.78

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    This Bas Armagnac comes from a blend of two cepages, the Ugni Blanc and Baco. Its fawn coloured robe with some red copper gives some rancio flavours reflecting its long stay in barrels.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A spicy bouquet of sandal wood, vanilla, banana
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The mouth is soft and mellow but this eau de vie has kept the nervous edge of the baco cepage
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  5. Delord 1959 Bas Armagnac

    Fabulous armagnac but in short supply, this 1959 vintage has a great intensity of flavours of vanilla and fruit.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Vanilla, toast and pepper, light touch of rancio.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Balance and mellow with flavours of vanilla and small cherries. Intense, long finish.
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    Excl. VAT: £590.08 Incl. VAT: £708.10

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    Fabulous armagnac but in short supply, this 1959 vintage has a great intensity of flavours of vanilla and fruit.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Vanilla, toast and pepper, light touch of rancio.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Balance and mellow with flavours of vanilla and small cherries. Intense, long finish.
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  6. Hermitage Cognac Marie Louise Crystal Decanter

    Cognac Masters 2018 - Masters Award

    Hermitage Cognac Marie Louise is a 60-year-old Grande Champagne from one of the region's top artisan producers. It is offered in a limited first run of 50 decanters produced by Cumbria Crystal, the last producer of completely hand-blown and hand-cut, full-lead luxury English crystal in the UK. The complex aromas, intensity and depth of flavours created by its careful distillation and ageing have created a masterpiece of smoothness and an intensely rich rancio found only in the rarest of cognacs. This truly great cognac is named after Marie Louise, the second wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. She bore his son who was given the title 'Roi de Rome' and who later became Napoleon II.

    "Likely to be one of the finest cognacs you have tasted."  Victoria Moore, The Saturday Telegraph Luxury supplement, December 2017

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex aromas of mocha, dried prunes, roasted chestnuts and masala spice.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich and complex flavours of coffee, sultanas, toffee brittle, truffle, dried fig, cinnamon, hazelnut and clove
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    Excl. VAT: £1,443.75 Incl. VAT: £1,732.50

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    Cognac Masters 2018 - Masters Award

    Hermitage Cognac Marie Louise is a 60-year-old Grande Champagne from one of the region's top artisan producers. It is offered in a limited first run of 50 decanters produced by Cumbria Crystal, the last producer of completely hand-blown and hand-cut, full-lead luxury English crystal in the UK. The complex aromas, intensity and depth of flavours created by its careful distillation and ageing have created a masterpiece of smoothness and an intensely rich rancio found only in the rarest of cognacs. This truly great cognac is named after Marie Louise, the second wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. She bore his son who was given the title 'Roi de Rome' and who later became Napoleon II.

    "Likely to be one of the finest cognacs you have tasted."  Victoria Moore, The Saturday Telegraph Luxury supplement, December 2017

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex aromas of mocha, dried prunes, roasted chestnuts and masala spice.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich and complex flavours of coffee, sultanas, toffee brittle, truffle, dried fig, cinnamon, hazelnut and clove
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