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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 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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  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 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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  4. Hermitage 65 Year Old Petite Champagne Cognac

    We have been preparing this over a period of several years. The cognac comes from Reaux in Petite Champagne. The cognac is light in colour for its age and has many rich qualities. This is a real winner with us, beautiful smooth round qualities.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Toffee and vanilla with hints of almond and brown sugar
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Toffee, vanilla and quite rich flavours of mocha. This is a truly delicious cognac
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    Excl. VAT: £532.19 Incl. VAT: £638.63

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    We have been preparing this over a period of several years. The cognac comes from Reaux in Petite Champagne. The cognac is light in colour for its age and has many rich qualities. This is a real winner with us, beautiful smooth round qualities.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Toffee and vanilla with hints of almond and brown sugar
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Toffee, vanilla and quite rich flavours of mocha. This is a truly delicious cognac
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  5. Hermitage 1917 & 70 Year Old Cognac Gift Presentation

    A wonderful combination of cognacs aged for decades in oak casks. One was distilled more than 100 years ago and the other has aged in the barrel for 70 years. Both are from the top cru, Grande Champagne, where cognacs take longer to mature. The results are spectacular and a great way to celebrate a special occasion.

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    Excl. VAT: £461.61 Incl. VAT: £553.93

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    A wonderful combination of cognacs aged for decades in oak casks. One was distilled more than 100 years ago and the other has aged in the barrel for 70 years. Both are from the top cru, Grande Champagne, where cognacs take longer to mature. The results are spectacular and a great way to celebrate a special occasion.

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