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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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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    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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  5. Hermitage 1979 Grande Champagne Cognac

    A delicate but complex cognac with many exceedingly fine qualities. It has a nose of mangosteen and mown grass, whilst on the palate the grapefruit develops into marmalade and toast with thyme and brioche.The finish of dry grapefruit is long and appealing consistent with the best cognacs from this cru.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Pineapple syrup and roasted walnuts, a little pepper with oak and spices
    Flavour:
    Flavour: There are many quite powerful flavours with a pineapple, walnut, spice, banana and medlar fruits complexity on the palate. Its intense flavour is unusually enhanced by its slightly higher than normal strength. Good balance and very long on the palate. This is at an ideal strength for the cognac.
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    A delicate but complex cognac with many exceedingly fine qualities. It has a nose of mangosteen and mown grass, whilst on the palate the grapefruit develops into marmalade and toast with thyme and brioche.The finish of dry grapefruit is long and appealing consistent with the best cognacs from this cru.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Pineapple syrup and roasted walnuts, a little pepper with oak and spices
    Flavour:
    Flavour: There are many quite powerful flavours with a pineapple, walnut, spice, banana and medlar fruits complexity on the palate. Its intense flavour is unusually enhanced by its slightly higher than normal strength. Good balance and very long on the palate. This is at an ideal strength for the cognac.
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  6. 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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  7. 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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    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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  8. 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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  9. Forgeron 1974 Grande Champagne Cognac

    Similar to the 36 year old but slightly less aged. The intensity and fullness of flavour provides great finesse and style but also with lots of complexity.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Quite powerful aroma. Some floral tones, particularly violet, nut, vanilla and a rich pineapple syrup.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Big complex taste which is powerful enough to override the strength. There are nuts, vanilla mushrooms and a pineapple taste that runs into a long citrus tail.
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    Similar to the 36 year old but slightly less aged. The intensity and fullness of flavour provides great finesse and style but also with lots of complexity.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Quite powerful aroma. Some floral tones, particularly violet, nut, vanilla and a rich pineapple syrup.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Big complex taste which is powerful enough to override the strength. There are nuts, vanilla mushrooms and a pineapple taste that runs into a long citrus tail.
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