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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 1956 & 1966 Cognac Gift Presentation

    A fascinating gift for the cognac connoisseur to enjoy. Two 20 cl bottles of vintage, single estate cognacs distilled over 50 and 60 years ago respectively. Grande Champagne cognacs take longer to mature than those from others crus so this gift set produces two excellent examples to compare and contrast.

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    A fascinating gift for the cognac connoisseur to enjoy. Two 20 cl bottles of vintage, single estate cognacs distilled over 50 and 60 years ago respectively. Grande Champagne cognacs take longer to mature than those from others crus so this gift set produces two excellent examples to compare and contrast.

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  2. Hermitage 1987 & 1917 Cognac Gift Presentation
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    Two wonderful Grande Champagne cognacs, one distilled more than 30 years ago, the other more than 100 years ago. Both from the top cru, they have been aged in oak barrels to produce two elegant, yet different, smooth, single estate cognacs.

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    Two wonderful Grande Champagne cognacs, one distilled more than 30 years ago, the other more than 100 years ago. Both from the top cru, they have been aged in oak barrels to produce two elegant, yet different, smooth, single estate cognacs.

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  3. Hermitage 43 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac

    Cognac Masters 2011 - Masters Award

    This Grande Champagne cognac is probably one of the finest cognacs we have ever tasted. It is produced by a firm in the centre of cognac who produce from three vineyards in the very best parts of the cru.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: This is an absolutely magical aroma which becomes apparent after it has stood for a while. There is fresh straw, mangosteen, kumquats, grapefruit peel, thyme, 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 all the aromas and more. Coupled to all that there is a rancio which somehow enhances all the flavours, marrying them together in a totally balanced harmony
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    Cognac Masters 2011 - Masters Award

    This Grande Champagne cognac is probably one of the finest cognacs we have ever tasted. It is produced by a firm in the centre of cognac who produce from three vineyards in the very best parts of the cru.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: This is an absolutely magical aroma which becomes apparent after it has stood for a while. There is fresh straw, mangosteen, kumquats, grapefruit peel, thyme, 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 all the aromas and more. Coupled to all that there is a rancio which somehow enhances all the flavours, marrying them together in a totally balanced harmony
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  4. Hermitage 1970 Fins Bois Cognac

    It is rare to find cognacs from the Fins Bois in the Hermitage range but this one is special. Aged for more than 40 years in old cellars, this cognac has a complexity of flavours which include biscuits, butter, honey, cinnamon, marmalade and rich fruit cake to finish.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Sweet spices. dried flowers, biscuits, butter, honey, butterscotch and marmalade.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich buttery biscuits. butterscotch, cinnamon and marmalade with a fruit cake finish.
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    It is rare to find cognacs from the Fins Bois in the Hermitage range but this one is special. Aged for more than 40 years in old cellars, this cognac has a complexity of flavours which include biscuits, butter, honey, cinnamon, marmalade and rich fruit cake to finish.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Sweet spices. dried flowers, biscuits, butter, honey, butterscotch and marmalade.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich buttery biscuits. butterscotch, cinnamon and marmalade with a fruit cake finish.
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  5. Hermitage 45 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac

    Cognac Masters 2018 - Gold Award

    This is a cognac of great distinction and it requires time. It must not be hurried as the many aromas and flavours need to be discovered slowly. The initial aromas are of warm fruit cake and sultanas and they are matched on the palate. Hints of crab apple compliment these flavours and bring together the intense rancio with other flavours of orange syrup and porcini. The depth of rancio is worthy of an even older Grande Champagne cognac.

    "At a tasting earlier this year I was particularly impressed by the Hermitage 45 yo ... it combines mature richness with those tropical/floral notes that often emerge, unexpectedly, in dark spirits several decades old."  Alice Lascelles, Financial Times

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Warm fruit cake, sultanas and ripe Victoria plums
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Fruit cake with a little bit of mangosteen tang, a hint of crab apple combines with orange syrup and a background of porcini. Much richness and intense rancio qualities.
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    Cognac Masters 2018 - Gold Award

    This is a cognac of great distinction and it requires time. It must not be hurried as the many aromas and flavours need to be discovered slowly. The initial aromas are of warm fruit cake and sultanas and they are matched on the palate. Hints of crab apple compliment these flavours and bring together the intense rancio with other flavours of orange syrup and porcini. The depth of rancio is worthy of an even older Grande Champagne cognac.

    "At a tasting earlier this year I was particularly impressed by the Hermitage 45 yo ... it combines mature richness with those tropical/floral notes that often emerge, unexpectedly, in dark spirits several decades old."  Alice Lascelles, Financial Times

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Warm fruit cake, sultanas and ripe Victoria plums
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Fruit cake with a little bit of mangosteen tang, a hint of crab apple combines with orange syrup and a background of porcini. Much richness and intense rancio qualities.
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  6. Hermitage 50 Year Old Petite Champagne Cognac (41%abv)

    Another wonderful 50 Year Old Cognac from Petite Champagne, although this one originates between the towns of Jonzac and Archiac and is presented at the slightly lower abv of 41%.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Leather, pears, walnuts and kumquats
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Pineapple, guava, melon, marzipan, pistachio, turmeric and mandarin on the tail.
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    Another wonderful 50 Year Old Cognac from Petite Champagne, although this one originates between the towns of Jonzac and Archiac and is presented at the slightly lower abv of 41%.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Leather, pears, walnuts and kumquats
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Pineapple, guava, melon, marzipan, pistachio, turmeric and mandarin on the tail.
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  7. Hermitage 1917 & 60 Year Old Cognac Gift Presentation
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    Hermitage 1917 Limited Edition Cognac was distilled more than 100 years ago and its partner has been aged in the barrel for 60 years. It is the long ageing process that gives cognacs depth of flavour, especially those from Grande Champagne, the premier cru. Two fantastic bottles of cognac history make the perfect gift for the cognac connoisseur.

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    Hermitage 1917 Limited Edition Cognac was distilled more than 100 years ago and its partner has been aged in the barrel for 60 years. It is the long ageing process that gives cognacs depth of flavour, especially those from Grande Champagne, the premier cru. Two fantastic bottles of cognac history make the perfect gift for the cognac connoisseur.

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  8. Hermitage 1957 & 1917 Cognac Gift Presentation
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    Two 20cl bottles of the very best vintage Grande Champagne cognacs to savour. The Hermitage 1957 was distilled more than 60 years ago and the Hermitage 1917 Limited Edition, just over 100 years ago. Now, how often do you get to sample such rare and fine nectars together? What a treat!

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    Two 20cl bottles of the very best vintage Grande Champagne cognacs to savour. The Hermitage 1957 was distilled more than 60 years ago and the Hermitage 1917 Limited Edition, just over 100 years ago. Now, how often do you get to sample such rare and fine nectars together? What a treat!

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  9. Hermitage 50 Year Old Petite Champagne Cognac

    Cognac Masters 2013 - Master Award

    A magical fifty year old cognac that has matured in old casks in dark cellars for half a century. No wonder this is so good, it just oozes charm and is one of those bottles that is hard to put the cork back into. Lovely mocha and chocolatey flavours.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: This has a superb aroma of rich toffee molasses, bitter chocolate, cardamom, sweet spices and ripe cherries
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Quite characteristic of the distiller’s style with a rich flavour of chocolate and natural toffee. There is also a pleasing taste of mature Muscat grapes which is present on the front of the mouth. This cognac is soft and completely non- aggressive providing very moreish qualities
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    Cognac Masters 2013 - Master Award

    A magical fifty year old cognac that has matured in old casks in dark cellars for half a century. No wonder this is so good, it just oozes charm and is one of those bottles that is hard to put the cork back into. Lovely mocha and chocolatey flavours.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: This has a superb aroma of rich toffee molasses, bitter chocolate, cardamom, sweet spices and ripe cherries
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Quite characteristic of the distiller’s style with a rich flavour of chocolate and natural toffee. There is also a pleasing taste of mature Muscat grapes which is present on the front of the mouth. This cognac is soft and completely non- aggressive providing very moreish qualities
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  10. Hermitage 1900 & 43 Year Old Cognac Gift Presentation
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    Many of the very finest and rarest cognacs are hardly ever tasted since the prices are often beyond the reach of many cognac devotees. So, to give more cognac fans the opportunity to enjoy these wonderful old nectars, we have created a completely new presentation which contains two special 20cl bottles of our really old, exceptional cognacs. Enough to enjoy amongst friends.  This option combines the very fine Hermitage 1900 Salles d’ Angles with the wonderfully complex Hermitage 43 Year Old from Segonzac, both are Grande Champagne cognacs.

    This is an exceptional opportunity to taste these wonderful amber nectars, don’t miss out as only a few are available.

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    Excl. VAT: £372.83 Incl. VAT: £447.40

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    Many of the very finest and rarest cognacs are hardly ever tasted since the prices are often beyond the reach of many cognac devotees. So, to give more cognac fans the opportunity to enjoy these wonderful old nectars, we have created a completely new presentation which contains two special 20cl bottles of our really old, exceptional cognacs. Enough to enjoy amongst friends.  This option combines the very fine Hermitage 1900 Salles d’ Angles with the wonderfully complex Hermitage 43 Year Old from Segonzac, both are Grande Champagne cognacs.

    This is an exceptional opportunity to taste these wonderful amber nectars, don’t miss out as only a few are available.

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