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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. N. Barriasson & Co 1922 Cognac
    Only one bottle remaining

    Barriasson were 'negociants', buying in their 'eau de vie' to age and sell on at a later date. Their vintages were known to be of high quality and are still in demand today. This 1922 vintage comes from Grande Champagne and will have been aged for decades before bottling.

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    Excl. VAT: £590.00 Incl. VAT: £708.00

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    Barriasson were 'negociants', buying in their 'eau de vie' to age and sell on at a later date. Their vintages were known to be of high quality and are still in demand today. This 1922 vintage comes from Grande Champagne and will have been aged for decades before bottling.

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  3. Grosperrin No 22 Grande Champagne Cognac
    This cognac is known to be made in 1922 but due to some lost papers can only be called No 22
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Really superb fruity aromas and good rancio qualities
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Wonderful. It has lovely fruity flavours of ripe apple, peaches, pineapple and herbs combined with a lovely rancio richness
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    This cognac is known to be made in 1922 but due to some lost papers can only be called No 22
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Really superb fruity aromas and good rancio qualities
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Wonderful. It has lovely fruity flavours of ripe apple, peaches, pineapple and herbs combined with a lovely rancio richness
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  4. Henri de Lotherie 1948 Grande Champagne Cognac
    Only one bottle remaining
    Produced in the heart of the top cru, Grande Champagne, this wonderful vintage cognac has been aged in oak barrels in the Lotherie cellars for 40 years.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light and floral.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Cognacs form Juillac le Coq often exhibit flavours of pear and mangosteen.
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    Excl. VAT: £545.00 Incl. VAT: £654.00

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    Produced in the heart of the top cru, Grande Champagne, this wonderful vintage cognac has been aged in oak barrels in the Lotherie cellars for 40 years.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light and floral.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Cognacs form Juillac le Coq often exhibit flavours of pear and mangosteen.
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  5. Paul Beau - La lignée de Samuel Grande Champagne Cognac

    This is the oldest cognac ever released by Maison Beau. It is a blend of vintage cognacs from the 1930s and 1950s which have been aged in oak barrels for more than 60 years. A wonderfully complex cognac with a well developed rancio and notes of hazelnuts, dried figs, almonds, and prunes amongst others. A real treat from this highly regarded cognac house.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Tobacco, worn leather and Brazil nuts
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Hazelnuts, dried figs, almonds, and prunes with a finish accented by touches of fresh dates, oak, honey and peach.
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    Excl. VAT: £527.14 Incl. VAT: £632.57

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    This is the oldest cognac ever released by Maison Beau. It is a blend of vintage cognacs from the 1930s and 1950s which have been aged in oak barrels for more than 60 years. A wonderfully complex cognac with a well developed rancio and notes of hazelnuts, dried figs, almonds, and prunes amongst others. A real treat from this highly regarded cognac house.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Tobacco, worn leather and Brazil nuts
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Hazelnuts, dried figs, almonds, and prunes with a finish accented by touches of fresh dates, oak, honey and peach.
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  6. Hine 1952 Grande Champagne Cognac
    Only one bottle remaining

    A marvellous example from the well respected cognac house, Hine. Bottled and sold by Hatch Mansfield & Co, this cognac is one of the 'Early Landed' variety. Hine is the only cognac house to be awarded a Royal Warrant so the 1952 vintage is particularly special. A reserve of this vintage was set aside to commemorate the accession of Queen Elizabeth II. In 1977, some was bottled and presented to the Queen for her Silver Jubilee and the rest ten years later, in 1987. This one was bottled in 1980 and has a volume of 68.2cl.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Slightly flowery and spicy with a nutty background.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Fresh and mellow on the palate with a long finish
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    Excl. VAT: £520.80 Incl. VAT: £624.96

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    A marvellous example from the well respected cognac house, Hine. Bottled and sold by Hatch Mansfield & Co, this cognac is one of the 'Early Landed' variety. Hine is the only cognac house to be awarded a Royal Warrant so the 1952 vintage is particularly special. A reserve of this vintage was set aside to commemorate the accession of Queen Elizabeth II. In 1977, some was bottled and presented to the Queen for her Silver Jubilee and the rest ten years later, in 1987. This one was bottled in 1980 and has a volume of 68.2cl.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Slightly flowery and spicy with a nutty background.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Fresh and mellow on the palate with a long finish
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  7. 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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    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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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    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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  11. Raymond Ragnaud Tres Vielle Grande Champagne Cognac

    The long ageing in traditional Limousin barrels demonstrates just how good these cognacs can be with their dry rancio qualities. The house dates nearly two hundred years.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dry, floral, citrus and amazingly clean aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The spicy and nut flavours progress to a citrus peel and long finish.
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    The long ageing in traditional Limousin barrels demonstrates just how good these cognacs can be with their dry rancio qualities. The house dates nearly two hundred years.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dry, floral, citrus and amazingly clean aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The spicy and nut flavours progress to a citrus peel and long finish.
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  12. 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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