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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. Hermitage 1950 Grande Champagne Cognac

    IWSC 2019 - Gold Outstanding Award

    "Classically good old Cognac. Rancio to the fore, with a quite wonderful palate." Judges' comments

    This cognac is quite light in colour for one that has aged for more than 50 years. The wide range of flavours include allspice, white truffle, plum crumble and the peel of blood oranges. Exceptionally fine and well balanced, this cognac is a real joy to taste.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Powerful but rich aromas of bay leaves, cumin, ginger, nutmeg and sultanas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Ginger, allspice, and cloves. Also bay leaves, white truffle and plum crumble with a blood orange peel, long, rancio finish.
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    Excl. VAT: £608.00 Incl. VAT: £729.60

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    IWSC 2019 - Gold Outstanding Award

    "Classically good old Cognac. Rancio to the fore, with a quite wonderful palate." Judges' comments

    This cognac is quite light in colour for one that has aged for more than 50 years. The wide range of flavours include allspice, white truffle, plum crumble and the peel of blood oranges. Exceptionally fine and well balanced, this cognac is a real joy to taste.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Powerful but rich aromas of bay leaves, cumin, ginger, nutmeg and sultanas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Ginger, allspice, and cloves. Also bay leaves, white truffle and plum crumble with a blood orange peel, long, rancio finish.
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  2. Hermitage 1948 Grande Champagne Cognac

    IWSC 2018 - Gold Outstanding Award

    "On the palate this cognac is extremely rich and concentrated. Perfectly balanced." Judges' comments

    This cognac has been in wood for more than half a century. It is remarkable, rich and complex and has developed a wonderful rich rancio lasting on the palate for a very long time.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fern leaves, violets, allspice and vanilla.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Pineapple syrup, plum, baked apple, shortbread and sweet spices.
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    Excl. VAT: £646.70 Incl. VAT: £776.04

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    IWSC 2018 - Gold Outstanding Award

    "On the palate this cognac is extremely rich and concentrated. Perfectly balanced." Judges' comments

    This cognac has been in wood for more than half a century. It is remarkable, rich and complex and has developed a wonderful rich rancio lasting on the palate for a very long time.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fern leaves, violets, allspice and vanilla.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Pineapple syrup, plum, baked apple, shortbread and sweet spices.
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  3. Hermitage 1947 Grande Champagne Cognac

    Distilled 70 years ago, 1947 cognac is proving to be a rare vintage. Aged for many years in barrels, this Hermitage 1947 Cognac has developed a good rancio. With flavours of sweet spices, ripe medlars, muscat grapes, ripe plums and cocoa, this superbly balanced cognac won't be around for long.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: An intensely rich aroma of fallen medlars, cloves, cinnamon, muscat, lime, cocoa, truffle and plum.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Sweet spices, ripe medlars, muscat grapes, ripe plums and cocoa with hints of pineapple and lime towards the end. Rich and long lasting raisin finish with good rancio and superb balance.
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    Excl. VAT: £674.10 Incl. VAT: £808.92

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    Distilled 70 years ago, 1947 cognac is proving to be a rare vintage. Aged for many years in barrels, this Hermitage 1947 Cognac has developed a good rancio. With flavours of sweet spices, ripe medlars, muscat grapes, ripe plums and cocoa, this superbly balanced cognac won't be around for long.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: An intensely rich aroma of fallen medlars, cloves, cinnamon, muscat, lime, cocoa, truffle and plum.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Sweet spices, ripe medlars, muscat grapes, ripe plums and cocoa with hints of pineapple and lime towards the end. Rich and long lasting raisin finish with good rancio and superb balance.
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  4. Hermitage 1945 Grande Champagne Cognac

    IWSC 2019 - Gold Award

    "The real personification of just how good and elegant old Cognac can be." Judges' comments

    Aged in barrels for more than 50 years, the Hermitage 1945 has developed good colour and flavours. It is beautifully balanced with flavours of lychee, passion fruit, rosemary, cocoa and a long grapefruit tail. Undeniably a fine cognac from the heart of Grande Champagne, the top cru of Cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Delicate aroma of pork crackle which continues on to cumin, green walnuts and fennel.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Lychee, passion fruit, rosemary, cocoa and a long grapefruit tail.
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    Excl. VAT: £715.22 Incl. VAT: £858.26

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    IWSC 2019 - Gold Award

    "The real personification of just how good and elegant old Cognac can be." Judges' comments

    Aged in barrels for more than 50 years, the Hermitage 1945 has developed good colour and flavours. It is beautifully balanced with flavours of lychee, passion fruit, rosemary, cocoa and a long grapefruit tail. Undeniably a fine cognac from the heart of Grande Champagne, the top cru of Cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Delicate aroma of pork crackle which continues on to cumin, green walnuts and fennel.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Lychee, passion fruit, rosemary, cocoa and a long grapefruit tail.
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  5. Hermitage 1923 Grande Champagne Cognac
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    Global Luxury Spirits Masters 2019 - Gold Award

    This is a particularly fine example of a 1920s cognac which comes from the southern part of the Grande Champagne cru around Lignières. Cognacs of this quality take many decades to reach perfection and this is a fine example. Utterly delicious with flavours of passion fruit, damsons macadamia nuts and dried mandarin peel. It has a fine and intense rancio, the result of more than 60 years in an oak barrel.

    "This has a gorgeous flavour, somewhere between a sultana and a sun-dried apricot with the spirit framing the layers with impeccable integration."  Olly Smith, Wines & Spirits Expert

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Sloe, damson skin and rancio characteristics
    Flavour:
    Flavour: passion fruit, damsons, macademia nuts and dried mandarin peel with a rich rancio of pineapple syrup, madeira and green peppers.
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    Regular Price: £964.12

    Special Price Excl. VAT: £723.09 Incl. VAT: £867.71

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    Global Luxury Spirits Masters 2019 - Gold Award

    This is a particularly fine example of a 1920s cognac which comes from the southern part of the Grande Champagne cru around Lignières. Cognacs of this quality take many decades to reach perfection and this is a fine example. Utterly delicious with flavours of passion fruit, damsons macadamia nuts and dried mandarin peel. It has a fine and intense rancio, the result of more than 60 years in an oak barrel.

    "This has a gorgeous flavour, somewhere between a sultana and a sun-dried apricot with the spirit framing the layers with impeccable integration."  Olly Smith, Wines & Spirits Expert

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Sloe, damson skin and rancio characteristics
    Flavour:
    Flavour: passion fruit, damsons, macademia nuts and dried mandarin peel with a rich rancio of pineapple syrup, madeira and green peppers.
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  6. Hermitage 1944 Grande Champagne Cognac

    IWSC 2018 - Gold Outstanding Award

    "Absolutely superb! Do not wait to drink this." Judges' comments

    Aged gently in 250 litre casks for more than half a century, this is a truly wonderful cognac. It has a rich complexity of aromas and flavours, all wrapped up in a rich rancio, that last for ages on the palate.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Passion fruit, orange blossom, plums, figs and Muscat grape
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Plums, sultanas, Muscat grapes, pineapple, cinnamon and toffee.
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    Excl. VAT: £730.70 Incl. VAT: £876.84

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    IWSC 2018 - Gold Outstanding Award

    "Absolutely superb! Do not wait to drink this." Judges' comments

    Aged gently in 250 litre casks for more than half a century, this is a truly wonderful cognac. It has a rich complexity of aromas and flavours, all wrapped up in a rich rancio, that last for ages on the palate.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Passion fruit, orange blossom, plums, figs and Muscat grape
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Plums, sultanas, Muscat grapes, pineapple, cinnamon and toffee.
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  7. Hermitage 1940 Grande Champagne St Fort Cognac

    This cognac has aged in cellars that are of medium dampness for more than 60 years in the south west corner of the top cru near the River Né.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: The initial aroma of lemon oil turning more to pine is accompanied with a hemp background
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The palate is that of lemon tea with a buttery taste and feel. The length and balance is good.
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    Excl. VAT: £731.37 Incl. VAT: £877.64

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    This cognac has aged in cellars that are of medium dampness for more than 60 years in the south west corner of the top cru near the River Né.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: The initial aroma of lemon oil turning more to pine is accompanied with a hemp background
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The palate is that of lemon tea with a buttery taste and feel. The length and balance is good.
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  8. Hermitage 1940 Grande Champagne Cognac

    IWSC 2019 - Gold Award

    "Wonderfully powerful aromas, that absolutely typify good old Cognac. A truly unctuous palate." Judges' comments

    This cognac has an aroma of chestnuts, truffles and yeast, some of which are reflected in the flavour. There is also a hint of grapefruit on the tail of this well balanced cognac which is long and delicious.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fresh straw, yeast, chestnuts and black truffles..
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Initially hickory and ginger developing into hints of clove, liquorice and damsons with a citrus tail.
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    Excl. VAT: £735.12 Incl. VAT: £882.14

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    IWSC 2019 - Gold Award

    "Wonderfully powerful aromas, that absolutely typify good old Cognac. A truly unctuous palate." Judges' comments

    This cognac has an aroma of chestnuts, truffles and yeast, some of which are reflected in the flavour. There is also a hint of grapefruit on the tail of this well balanced cognac which is long and delicious.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fresh straw, yeast, chestnuts and black truffles..
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Initially hickory and ginger developing into hints of clove, liquorice and damsons with a citrus tail.
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  9. Hermitage 1938 Grande Champagne Cognac

    Another rare and distinguished vintage, this time from the 1938 harvest. Presented at its cask strength of 40.5%, the floral aromas lead you to nutty flavours with herbs and an orange zest finish.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Floral tones of Iris and fresh hay with hints of light balsa wood.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Light flavours of macadamia and cashew nuts. One can also detect light herb flavours of parsley with fresh bread, finishing with hints of orange zest.
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    Excl. VAT: £741.05 Incl. VAT: £889.26

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    Another rare and distinguished vintage, this time from the 1938 harvest. Presented at its cask strength of 40.5%, the floral aromas lead you to nutty flavours with herbs and an orange zest finish.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Floral tones of Iris and fresh hay with hints of light balsa wood.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Light flavours of macadamia and cashew nuts. One can also detect light herb flavours of parsley with fresh bread, finishing with hints of orange zest.
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