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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 1991 Grande Champagne Cognac

    Made on a small shallot shaped still, this cognac has big potential for flavour. It has spent 27 years in an oak cask slowly developing and maturing with the oak tannins. There are flavours of rich spices, toffee brittle with some pineapple and dried orange peel on the tail. Only small quantities of this fine cognac remain.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Some toffee on the nose with roasted nut, some spices and just a hint of pineapple.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: There is a rich spice and coffee flavour with mature pineapple in the background and a dry orange peel finish.
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    Excl. VAT: £101.26 Incl. VAT: £121.51

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    Made on a small shallot shaped still, this cognac has big potential for flavour. It has spent 27 years in an oak cask slowly developing and maturing with the oak tannins. There are flavours of rich spices, toffee brittle with some pineapple and dried orange peel on the tail. Only small quantities of this fine cognac remain.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Some toffee on the nose with roasted nut, some spices and just a hint of pineapple.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: There is a rich spice and coffee flavour with mature pineapple in the background and a dry orange peel finish.
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  2. Hermitage 1990 Grande Champagne Cognac

    Pale and delicate in colour and taste. It is made by a highly respected old family in Ambleville near Segonzac in Grande Champagne. The aroma of fresh straw and citrus peel is complemented by a flavour of agave, aloe (gripe water) and almonds.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fresh straw and dried tangerine peel. There is also some hazel nut, brioche and floral aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Delicate in taste, the flavour is reminiscent of agave, aloe (gripe water) and almonds. It has a medium length with great balance
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    Excl. VAT: £102.96 Incl. VAT: £123.55

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    Pale and delicate in colour and taste. It is made by a highly respected old family in Ambleville near Segonzac in Grande Champagne. The aroma of fresh straw and citrus peel is complemented by a flavour of agave, aloe (gripe water) and almonds.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fresh straw and dried tangerine peel. There is also some hazel nut, brioche and floral aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Delicate in taste, the flavour is reminiscent of agave, aloe (gripe water) and almonds. It has a medium length with great balance
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  3. Hermitage 1989 Grande Champagne Cognac

    This cognac was produced on a small still on this highly regarded estate that grows not just Ugni Blanc but also Folle Blanche grapes. It has a youthful aroma displaying pineapple and grapefruit aromas and drier citrus and herb flavours which are enhanced by the slightly higher strength of this cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Roasted walnuts and some pineapple, a little pepper with oak and spices
    Flavour:
    Flavour: This is still a young cognac and there is a developing pineapple, walnut, spice, banana and medlar fruits complexity on the palate. Good balance and very long on the palate. This is at an ideal strength for the cognac.
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    Excl. VAT: £103.94 Incl. VAT: £124.73

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    This cognac was produced on a small still on this highly regarded estate that grows not just Ugni Blanc but also Folle Blanche grapes. It has a youthful aroma displaying pineapple and grapefruit aromas and drier citrus and herb flavours which are enhanced by the slightly higher strength of this cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Roasted walnuts and some pineapple, a little pepper with oak and spices
    Flavour:
    Flavour: This is still a young cognac and there is a developing pineapple, walnut, spice, banana and medlar fruits complexity on the palate. Good balance and very long on the palate. This is at an ideal strength for the cognac.
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  4. Hermitage 1988 Grande Champagne Cognac

    Cognac Masters 2013 - Gold Award

    The predominant house style of Chez Richon shows through in this cognac although it is rather sweeter and spicier than others from this house

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Roasted walnuts and some pineapple, a little pepper with oak and spices
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Different from other cognacs from this estate.The cognac has some quite spicy tones but is also slightly sweeter than the others. The flavour is reminiscent of roasted walnuts, spice and toffee
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    Excl. VAT: £105.98 Incl. VAT: £127.18

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    Cognac Masters 2013 - Gold Award

    The predominant house style of Chez Richon shows through in this cognac although it is rather sweeter and spicier than others from this house

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Roasted walnuts and some pineapple, a little pepper with oak and spices
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Different from other cognacs from this estate.The cognac has some quite spicy tones but is also slightly sweeter than the others. The flavour is reminiscent of roasted walnuts, spice and toffee
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  5. Cognac Glass Gift Set - Hermitage 60 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac
    Only one bottle remaining

    A really special Gift Set for the cognac connoisseur comprising a 20Cl bottle and one of our exclusive Hermitage Cognacs tulip-shaped tasting glasses. It is a wonderful opportunity to try one of our very old cognacs from the top cru at a fraction of the price. The Hermitage 60 Year Old Grande Champagne demonstrates the fine qualities that centuries of skill and understanding of the distillation process and cellar ageing produce.  

    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: £115.23 Incl. VAT: £138.28

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    A really special Gift Set for the cognac connoisseur comprising a 20Cl bottle and one of our exclusive Hermitage Cognacs tulip-shaped tasting glasses. It is a wonderful opportunity to try one of our very old cognacs from the top cru at a fraction of the price. The Hermitage 60 Year Old Grande Champagne demonstrates the fine qualities that centuries of skill and understanding of the distillation process and cellar ageing produce.  

    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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  6. Hermitage 40 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac

    Aged with great care and expertise, this wonderful Grande Champagne cognac has been in an oak barrel for 40 years slowly maturing to its optimum condition. Flavours of plum and vanilla expand in to lychee, pear, hay, plum and dried mandarin demonstrating complexity and individuality. A great cognac for any occasion but especially for those celebrating a 40th anniversary or 40th birthday.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fresh mown grass, pear and oriental fruit such as guava and lychee.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Plum and vanilla expand into lychee, pear, hay plum and dried mandarin on the tail.
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    Excl. VAT: £166.34 Incl. VAT: £199.61

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    Aged with great care and expertise, this wonderful Grande Champagne cognac has been in an oak barrel for 40 years slowly maturing to its optimum condition. Flavours of plum and vanilla expand in to lychee, pear, hay, plum and dried mandarin demonstrating complexity and individuality. A great cognac for any occasion but especially for those celebrating a 40th anniversary or 40th birthday.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fresh mown grass, pear and oriental fruit such as guava and lychee.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Plum and vanilla expand into lychee, pear, hay plum and dried mandarin on the tail.
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