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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. A.E.Dor 8 y.o. VSOP Cognac

    Floral tones with a light but charming style. It is a blend of several different cognacs all of the same age. This is a cognac which we have proudly stocked for more than 20 years and was initially blended by the late Odile Riviere.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Initially violet and floral tones with some cane and hazelnut aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Not harsh but light in flavour. There is some wood and passion fruit. Short in length with a flat finish
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    Excl. VAT: £42.65 Incl. VAT: £51.18

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    Floral tones with a light but charming style. It is a blend of several different cognacs all of the same age. This is a cognac which we have proudly stocked for more than 20 years and was initially blended by the late Odile Riviere.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Initially violet and floral tones with some cane and hazelnut aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Not harsh but light in flavour. There is some wood and passion fruit. Short in length with a flat finish
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  2. Cognac A.E.Dor Legend 35 y.o. (Opera Presentation) Grande Champagne

    Known for its wonderful Paradis with some of the oldest cognacs of great nobility, Dor is recognised in many countries. This was originally designed and blended by the late Odile Riviere.

    Flavour:
    Flavour: Well rounded and delicate on the palate, with hints of sweetness.
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    Excl. VAT: £173.20 Incl. VAT: £207.84

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    Known for its wonderful Paradis with some of the oldest cognacs of great nobility, Dor is recognised in many countries. This was originally designed and blended by the late Odile Riviere.

    Flavour:
    Flavour: Well rounded and delicate on the palate, with hints of sweetness.
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  3. Cognac A.E.Dor Hors d'Age No 7 Grande Champagne

    This is a wonderful 40 year old cognac that is rather stronger than normal at 42%. This is a benefit since it enhances the dried orange peel and complex walnut and sweet spices aroma and flavour.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex walnut and orange peel, intense oak and floral with some vanilla
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Powerful attack with initial orange peel which develops into walnuts, leather and oak flavours. Long powerful finish that can last for 20 minutes
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    Excl. VAT: £200.18 Incl. VAT: £240.22

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    This is a wonderful 40 year old cognac that is rather stronger than normal at 42%. This is a benefit since it enhances the dried orange peel and complex walnut and sweet spices aroma and flavour.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex walnut and orange peel, intense oak and floral with some vanilla
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Powerful attack with initial orange peel which develops into walnuts, leather and oak flavours. Long powerful finish that can last for 20 minutes
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  4. Cognac A.E.Dor 40 y.o. (Presentation Decanter) Grande Champagne

    Intense flavours from this Grande Champagne cognac which is already showing signs of a "rancio", a form of maderisation or enrichening created by the long ageing in oak.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Some floral tones, vanilla and toffee
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A very soft cognac, sometimes called "the ladies cognac". The toffee and butterscotch flavours mingle with a vanilla and dried prune flavour
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    Excl. VAT: £213.44 Incl. VAT: £256.13

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    Intense flavours from this Grande Champagne cognac which is already showing signs of a "rancio", a form of maderisation or enrichening created by the long ageing in oak.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Some floral tones, vanilla and toffee
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A very soft cognac, sometimes called "the ladies cognac". The toffee and butterscotch flavours mingle with a vanilla and dried prune flavour
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