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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 1966 Grande Champagne Cognac

    Amazing, subtle aromas of pear, mangosteen and hay combine with a complexity of flavours. This is an unusual but delicious cognac with charm and elegance. It is not from the same barrel as our last 1966 vintage.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Pear, mangosteen, banana, cedar and hay.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Initially there is mangosteen and pear but flavours of almond, lychee, macademia nuts and pink grapefruit develop.
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    Amazing, subtle aromas of pear, mangosteen and hay combine with a complexity of flavours. This is an unusual but delicious cognac with charm and elegance. It is not from the same barrel as our last 1966 vintage.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Pear, mangosteen, banana, cedar and hay.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Initially there is mangosteen and pear but flavours of almond, lychee, macademia nuts and pink grapefruit develop.
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  2. Hermitage 1960 Grande Champagne Cognac

    A beautifully complex, fine cognac from the southern part of Grande Champagne.  An initial burst of dark chocolate on the palate is followed by a host of different flavours including pork crackle, liquorice, marzipan, turmeric and kumquat.  An astonishingly good cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Tobacco, sour plum, liquorice and roasted coffee.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: An initial burst of dark chocolate on the palate is followed by a host of different flavours including pork crackle, liquorice, marzipan, turmeric and kumquat.
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    Excl. VAT: £430.00 Incl. VAT: £516.00

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    A beautifully complex, fine cognac from the southern part of Grande Champagne.  An initial burst of dark chocolate on the palate is followed by a host of different flavours including pork crackle, liquorice, marzipan, turmeric and kumquat.  An astonishingly good cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Tobacco, sour plum, liquorice and roasted coffee.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: An initial burst of dark chocolate on the palate is followed by a host of different flavours including pork crackle, liquorice, marzipan, turmeric and kumquat.
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  3. Hermitage 60 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac

    This remarkable cognac comes from the top cru in Cognac known as Grande Champagne and has been aged in oak casks for more than 60 years.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There is a great complexity of autumnal aromas in this cognac including cigar box, tobacco and truffle as well as ginger, clove and dried fig.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Pure cognacs of great maturity are the finest expression of the distiller. The fine qualities of this cognac are a display of centuries of skill and understanding of distillation and cellar ageing. Flavours of truffle, clove, liquorice, burnt toffee and dried fig with a finish of dried mandarin are all qualities which can be enjoyed with a fine cigar.
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    Excl. VAT: £442.21 Incl. VAT: £530.65

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    This remarkable cognac comes from the top cru in Cognac known as Grande Champagne and has been aged in oak casks for more than 60 years.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There is a great complexity of autumnal aromas in this cognac including cigar box, tobacco and truffle as well as ginger, clove and dried fig.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Pure cognacs of great maturity are the finest expression of the distiller. The fine qualities of this cognac are a display of centuries of skill and understanding of distillation and cellar ageing. Flavours of truffle, clove, liquorice, burnt toffee and dried fig with a finish of dried mandarin are all qualities which can be enjoyed with a fine cigar.
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  4. Hermitage 1958 Borderies Cognac

    Cognac Masters 2018 - Gold Medal

    Borderies is the smallest cru of Cognac but produces some of the nicest flavours, especially amongst the older cognacs from the region. This has flavours of cashew nuts, raisins, medlars and cinnamon and there is a good rancio from more than 40 years of barrel ageing.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Juniper berries, roast pheasant skin, cashew nuts and dried hay with a hint of mace and other dried spices.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich flavours of stewed plums, dried currants, medlars, cashew nuts and cinnamon.
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    Cognac Masters 2018 - Gold Medal

    Borderies is the smallest cru of Cognac but produces some of the nicest flavours, especially amongst the older cognacs from the region. This has flavours of cashew nuts, raisins, medlars and cinnamon and there is a good rancio from more than 40 years of barrel ageing.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Juniper berries, roast pheasant skin, cashew nuts and dried hay with a hint of mace and other dried spices.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich flavours of stewed plums, dried currants, medlars, cashew nuts and cinnamon.
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  5. Hermitage 1957 Grande Champagne Cognac

    A superb cognac from the western end of the top cru, Grande Champagne. It has a delightful initial aroma of ginger, sweet spices, linden and white truffle and exceptional flavours of roasted almonds, truffle, porcini and macadamia nuts. There is a long but balanced grapefruit peel finish

    Aroma:
    Aroma: An initial hint of ginger followed by a complexity of sweet spices, pineapple, white truffle and linden.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Roasted almonds, truffle, porcini and macadamia nuts with a long but balanced grapefruit peel finish.
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    Excl. VAT: £447.08 Incl. VAT: £536.50

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    A superb cognac from the western end of the top cru, Grande Champagne. It has a delightful initial aroma of ginger, sweet spices, linden and white truffle and exceptional flavours of roasted almonds, truffle, porcini and macadamia nuts. There is a long but balanced grapefruit peel finish

    Aroma:
    Aroma: An initial hint of ginger followed by a complexity of sweet spices, pineapple, white truffle and linden.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Roasted almonds, truffle, porcini and macadamia nuts with a long but balanced grapefruit peel finish.
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  6. Hermitage 1956 Grande Champagne Cognac

    Grande Champagne cognacs age very slowly and this one, distilled in 1956, has reached its optimum maturity. An initial blast of sunflower honey is followed by mangosteen, almonds and kumquats and a tail of mandarin peel. Beautifully balanced with a long finish it is certainly a cognac to savour.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Summer hay, dried citrus fruit peel and macadamia nuts.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: An initial blast of sunflower honey is followed by mangosteen, almonds and kumquats and a tail of mandarin peel. Good Balance and a long finish.
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    Grande Champagne cognacs age very slowly and this one, distilled in 1956, has reached its optimum maturity. An initial blast of sunflower honey is followed by mangosteen, almonds and kumquats and a tail of mandarin peel. Beautifully balanced with a long finish it is certainly a cognac to savour.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Summer hay, dried citrus fruit peel and macadamia nuts.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: An initial blast of sunflower honey is followed by mangosteen, almonds and kumquats and a tail of mandarin peel. Good Balance and a long finish.
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  7. Hermitage Diamond Jubilee 60 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac

    The Diamond Jubilee really had to be something very special and this remarkable 60 year old meets every criteria of fine cognac. This was made by one of France’s finest distillers and kept in the family for more than 60 years developing the qualities much sought after by experts and connoisseurs alike. The availability of this cognac is strictly limited.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: This is an absolutely magical aroma which becomes apparent after it has stood for a while. There are aromas of plums, nutmeg, cloves, medlars, kumquats, dried papaya, almonds and a host of other wonderful smells
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The taste is even more magical than the aroma. There is a tangy richness to this masterpiece of cognacs and a taste complexity of many flavours including roasted nuts citrus peel, tobacco, nutmeg limes and kumquats. Coupled to all that there is a rancio which somehow enhances all the flavours, marrying them together in a totally balanced harmony and long aftertaste. This is a masterpiece and worthy of a Queen.
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    Excl. VAT: £530.65 Incl. VAT: £636.78

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    The Diamond Jubilee really had to be something very special and this remarkable 60 year old meets every criteria of fine cognac. This was made by one of France’s finest distillers and kept in the family for more than 60 years developing the qualities much sought after by experts and connoisseurs alike. The availability of this cognac is strictly limited.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: This is an absolutely magical aroma which becomes apparent after it has stood for a while. There are aromas of plums, nutmeg, cloves, medlars, kumquats, dried papaya, almonds and a host of other wonderful smells
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The taste is even more magical than the aroma. There is a tangy richness to this masterpiece of cognacs and a taste complexity of many flavours including roasted nuts citrus peel, tobacco, nutmeg limes and kumquats. Coupled to all that there is a rancio which somehow enhances all the flavours, marrying them together in a totally balanced harmony and long aftertaste. This is a masterpiece and worthy of a Queen.
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  8. 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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  9. 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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    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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  10. 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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    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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  11. 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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  12. 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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    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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