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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. Bertrand 20 Year Old Napoleon Petite Champagne Cognac

    Beverage Tasting Institute Chicago 2014 - Gold Medal

    This cognac is highly regarded and one of our favourites. It has flavours of hazelnut, cocoa and nutmeg and comes in a new presentation.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Round with fruit and spice on the nose.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Hazelnut, cocoa and nutmeg.
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    Excl. VAT: £93.96 Incl. VAT: £112.75

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    Beverage Tasting Institute Chicago 2014 - Gold Medal

    This cognac is highly regarded and one of our favourites. It has flavours of hazelnut, cocoa and nutmeg and comes in a new presentation.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Round with fruit and spice on the nose.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Hazelnut, cocoa and nutmeg.
    Learn More
  2. Bertrand 35 Year Old Special Edition XO Cognac

    A Limited Edition of this highly popular 35 Year Old Single Estate Cognac with flavours of candied fruit, walnut and cacao. One of the best producers located in the Petite Champagne cru, Bertrand has only produced 1200 of this presentation. The stunning carafe and presentation box will make an extra special gift.

    Gold Medal: Beverage Testing Institue 2014, Concours General Agricole de Paris 2012.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Cedar wood, dried fruit and vanilla.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Candied fruit, walnut and cacao.
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    Excl. VAT: £135.15 Incl. VAT: £162.18

    •  Express delivery available
    •  International Shipping
    •  Delivery to 50+ Countries

    A Limited Edition of this highly popular 35 Year Old Single Estate Cognac with flavours of candied fruit, walnut and cacao. One of the best producers located in the Petite Champagne cru, Bertrand has only produced 1200 of this presentation. The stunning carafe and presentation box will make an extra special gift.

    Gold Medal: Beverage Testing Institue 2014, Concours General Agricole de Paris 2012.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Cedar wood, dried fruit and vanilla.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Candied fruit, walnut and cacao.
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