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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. Delamain 1973 Grande Champagne Cognac
    All the Delamain Vintage Cognacs are aged for more than 30 years in one of their best cellars and only a limited quantity is released annually.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Underwood aromas, dry grapes, grilled almonds, rancio.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Long, fruity and elegant
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    Excl. VAT: £236.50 Incl. VAT: £283.80

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    All the Delamain Vintage Cognacs are aged for more than 30 years in one of their best cellars and only a limited quantity is released annually.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Underwood aromas, dry grapes, grilled almonds, rancio.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Long, fruity and elegant
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  2. A.E.Dor 40 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac (Presentation Decanter)

    Intense flavours from this Grande Champagne cognac which is already showing signs of a "rancio", a form of maderisation or enrichening created by the long ageing in oak.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Some floral tones, vanilla and toffee
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A very soft cognac, sometimes called "the ladies cognac". The toffee and butterscotch flavours mingle with a vanilla and dried prune flavour
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    Excl. VAT: £213.44 Incl. VAT: £256.13

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    Intense flavours from this Grande Champagne cognac which is already showing signs of a "rancio", a form of maderisation or enrichening created by the long ageing in oak.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Some floral tones, vanilla and toffee
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A very soft cognac, sometimes called "the ladies cognac". The toffee and butterscotch flavours mingle with a vanilla and dried prune flavour
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  3. A.E.Dor Hors d'Age No 7 Grande Champagne Cognac

    This is a wonderful 40 year old cognac that is rather stronger than normal at 42%. This is a benefit since it enhances the dried orange peel and complex walnut and sweet spices aroma and flavour.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex walnut and orange peel, intense oak and floral with some vanilla
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Powerful attack with initial orange peel which develops into walnuts, leather and oak flavours. Long powerful finish that can last for 20 minutes
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    Excl. VAT: £200.18 Incl. VAT: £240.22

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    This is a wonderful 40 year old cognac that is rather stronger than normal at 42%. This is a benefit since it enhances the dried orange peel and complex walnut and sweet spices aroma and flavour.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex walnut and orange peel, intense oak and floral with some vanilla
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Powerful attack with initial orange peel which develops into walnuts, leather and oak flavours. Long powerful finish that can last for 20 minutes
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  4. A.E.Dor Legend 35 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac (Opera Presentation)

    Known for its wonderful Paradis with some of the oldest cognacs of great nobility, Dor is recognised in many countries. This was originally designed and blended by the late Odile Riviere.

    Flavour:
    Flavour: Well rounded and delicate on the palate, with hints of sweetness.
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    Excl. VAT: £173.20 Incl. VAT: £207.84

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    Known for its wonderful Paradis with some of the oldest cognacs of great nobility, Dor is recognised in many countries. This was originally designed and blended by the late Odile Riviere.

    Flavour:
    Flavour: Well rounded and delicate on the palate, with hints of sweetness.
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  5. Hermitage 40 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac

    Cognac Masters 2020 - Master Award

    "Wonderfully complex." Judges' comments

    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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    Cognac Masters 2020 - Master Award

    "Wonderfully complex." Judges' comments

    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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  6. Ragnaud Sabourin Florilege 45 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac

    Perhaps the best known fine cognac from this firm whose blending shows just how good these cognacs can be. Dried citrus and walnut tastes, with rancio qualities.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Some floral tones, vine cane, chestnut with vanilla tones
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Delicate and balanced, there are nutty tendencies but there are also traces of passion fruit and citrus fruits with a long grapefruit tail, this is an inspirational cognac from a highly esteemed house
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    Excl. VAT: £162.51 Incl. VAT: £195.01

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    Perhaps the best known fine cognac from this firm whose blending shows just how good these cognacs can be. Dried citrus and walnut tastes, with rancio qualities.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Some floral tones, vine cane, chestnut with vanilla tones
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Delicate and balanced, there are nutty tendencies but there are also traces of passion fruit and citrus fruits with a long grapefruit tail, this is an inspirational cognac from a highly esteemed house
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  7. Roullet Fransac 1970 Grande Champagne Cognac

    One of the lighter cognacs sold by the infamous George Roullet on the banks of the Charente in Cognac. This particular vintage is one that is traditional in style with tobacco, leather and oak qualities.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Walnut, coffee, cinnamon, mushrooms, toast and vanilla
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Full of very interesting flavours. The cognac is quite powerful and although quite dry, it has a slightly spiced oak and mushroom flavour.
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    Excl. VAT: £159.22 Incl. VAT: £191.06

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    One of the lighter cognacs sold by the infamous George Roullet on the banks of the Charente in Cognac. This particular vintage is one that is traditional in style with tobacco, leather and oak qualities.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Walnut, coffee, cinnamon, mushrooms, toast and vanilla
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Full of very interesting flavours. The cognac is quite powerful and although quite dry, it has a slightly spiced oak and mushroom flavour.
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  8. Forgeron 36 Year Old Hors d'Age Cognac

    This is the truest house style that you can get. The flavours are intense and this is unusually accentuated by the higher strength. Pineapple syrup, roasted walnuts, vanilla - the complexity is so complete that it is difficult not to enthuse about this great cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Violet, liquorice, gingerbread, cinnamon, candied orange all wrapped up in sandalwood.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Powerful, elegant, almost spicy finishing with a velvety and delicate rancio.
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    Excl. VAT: £153.78 Incl. VAT: £184.54

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    This is the truest house style that you can get. The flavours are intense and this is unusually accentuated by the higher strength. Pineapple syrup, roasted walnuts, vanilla - the complexity is so complete that it is difficult not to enthuse about this great cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Violet, liquorice, gingerbread, cinnamon, candied orange all wrapped up in sandalwood.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Powerful, elegant, almost spicy finishing with a velvety and delicate rancio.
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  9. Raymond Ragnaud 35 Year Old Hors d'Age Grande Champagne Cognac
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    The house style is very much the traditional style for the cru but the mellowness of the younger cognacs with their citrus and dry nutty aromas. These are connoisseurs cognacs of great style and balance.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Vanilla with some citrus peel notes. There is also some hazel nut, brioche and floral aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Delicate in taste, the flavour is reminiscent of exotic fruits, vanilla and hazel nuts. It has a good length and balance
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    Excl. VAT: £126.00 Incl. VAT: £151.20

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    The house style is very much the traditional style for the cru but the mellowness of the younger cognacs with their citrus and dry nutty aromas. These are connoisseurs cognacs of great style and balance.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Vanilla with some citrus peel notes. There is also some hazel nut, brioche and floral aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Delicate in taste, the flavour is reminiscent of exotic fruits, vanilla and hazel nuts. It has a good length and balance
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  10. Ragnaud Sabourin No 35 Grande Champagne Cognac

    The family started selling cognacs about 60 years ago and are quite well known as independent sellers. The older cognacs are splendid examples of well aged Grande Champagnes and have rich woody and floral qualities.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light and very refined. A touch of orange on the nose with hints of caramel and spice.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich woody and floral qualities. Sophisticated, with a touch of rancio, a little spice on a caramel finish.
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    The family started selling cognacs about 60 years ago and are quite well known as independent sellers. The older cognacs are splendid examples of well aged Grande Champagnes and have rich woody and floral qualities.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light and very refined. A touch of orange on the nose with hints of caramel and spice.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich woody and floral qualities. Sophisticated, with a touch of rancio, a little spice on a caramel finish.
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  11. Cognac Glass Gift Set - Hermitage 60 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac

    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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  12. Maison Prioulat 25 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac

    Dark and quite rich. This cognac is produced in a tiny estate near Juillac-le-Coq. There are some chocolate tones and a prevailing sweetness to the cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Vanilla, coffee, walnuts and butterscotch
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich and nutty flavour with hints of toffee and butterscotch. It is a deep and intense flavour and ideal for cigar smokers since it reaches the back of mouth.
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    Excl. VAT: £110.32 Incl. VAT: £132.38

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    Dark and quite rich. This cognac is produced in a tiny estate near Juillac-le-Coq. There are some chocolate tones and a prevailing sweetness to the cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Vanilla, coffee, walnuts and butterscotch
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich and nutty flavour with hints of toffee and butterscotch. It is a deep and intense flavour and ideal for cigar smokers since it reaches the back of mouth.
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