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Cognac

For more than three centuries cognac has been recognised as the finest of all spirits distilled from grapes. It is incomparable in its sheer depth and intensity of flavour, its fruitiness, warmth and complexity and both its richness and subtlety of bouquet. Indeed cognac is the king of all brandies and originates from around the sixteenth century when farmers grew grapes for wines which were shipped along the Charente River in France to the port of La Rochelle, where they were bartered for goods brought in by English, Irish and Dutch traders. Often the weak and acidic wines would become rancid and traders learnt to reduce them by boiling them in pot stills. The strong wines were stored in oak casks which enhanced their flavour and gave them colour, they called them Cognac from around the town of that name in the centre of the Charente region.

Today there are around five thousand producers of the noble spirit, most making it for the big houses such as Hennessey Martell, Courvoisier and Remy Martin who blend them for their generic brands. Many of these old cognac families have been distilling their wines for generations developing the knowledge passed down from their forefathers and perfecting the skills of distillation and ageing. Some of the very oldest cognacs may have lived in their barrels or glass demijohns in cellars for hundreds of years and have today become priceless nectars of increasing rarity and value. Hermitage Cognacs are from individual single estate distillers, all of whom have aged their cognacs naturally and without the addition of additives. They are the very quintessence of purity and luxury. They are the king of all cognacs.

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  1. Paul Beau - La lignée de Samuel Grande Champagne Cognac

    This is the oldest cognac ever released by Maison Beau. It is a blend of vintage cognacs from the 1930s and 1950s which have been aged in oak barrels for more than 60 years. A wonderfully complex cognac with a well developed rancio and notes of hazelnuts, dried figs, almonds, and prunes amongst others. A real treat from this highly regarded cognac house.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Tobacco, worn leather and Brazil nuts
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Hazelnuts, dried figs, almonds, and prunes with a finish accented by touches of fresh dates, oak, honey and peach.
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    Excl. VAT: £527.14 Incl. VAT: £632.57

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    This is the oldest cognac ever released by Maison Beau. It is a blend of vintage cognacs from the 1930s and 1950s which have been aged in oak barrels for more than 60 years. A wonderfully complex cognac with a well developed rancio and notes of hazelnuts, dried figs, almonds, and prunes amongst others. A real treat from this highly regarded cognac house.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Tobacco, worn leather and Brazil nuts
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Hazelnuts, dried figs, almonds, and prunes with a finish accented by touches of fresh dates, oak, honey and peach.
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  2. Paul Beau 25 Year Old Hors d'Age Grande Champagne Cognac

    The emphasis on ageing has worked well and this particularly fine 25 y.o.has developed a big complexity with aromas of orange peel, kumquats, guava, melon, dried nuts and much more. It's slightly higher strength of 43% enhances this cognac further.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: This is a wonderfully complex cognac with a multitude of aromas. Initially there is a deep smell of kumquats and dried mandarin skins. The nose develops to nutmeg, roasted almonds, vanilla, coffee and melon but one can sit all day imagining all the delicious rich smells which mature in the glass.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Citrus flavours are the first to develop on the palate with a slightly spicy addition, this develops into dried almonds and a hint of marrow but still retaining an overall complexity of flavours.
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    Excl. VAT: £75.50 Incl. VAT: £90.60

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    The emphasis on ageing has worked well and this particularly fine 25 y.o.has developed a big complexity with aromas of orange peel, kumquats, guava, melon, dried nuts and much more. It's slightly higher strength of 43% enhances this cognac further.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: This is a wonderfully complex cognac with a multitude of aromas. Initially there is a deep smell of kumquats and dried mandarin skins. The nose develops to nutmeg, roasted almonds, vanilla, coffee and melon but one can sit all day imagining all the delicious rich smells which mature in the glass.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Citrus flavours are the first to develop on the palate with a slightly spicy addition, this develops into dried almonds and a hint of marrow but still retaining an overall complexity of flavours.
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