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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 2008 Grande Champagne Cognac

    A very, very special and extraordinary find. This 2008 Cognac is just 10 years old, single-barrel, single-estate and very expensive, but it is one in a million. Smooth and perfectly balanced, it's rich, spicy and full of intrigue. There are less than 200 bottles available so it won't last - it is too good to last. Don't do anything other than just drink it, you will never find another cognac like this even at double the price.

    "For anyone looking for a very fine and special gift  .... The smallest glass is a sublime treat."  Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dates and baked apples with spices and nutty aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dates, cinnamon, toffee and pistachio as well as more exotic tones of rambutan, mango and passion fruit with some sweet orange in the tail.
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    Excl. VAT: £91.08 Incl. VAT: £109.30

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    A very, very special and extraordinary find. This 2008 Cognac is just 10 years old, single-barrel, single-estate and very expensive, but it is one in a million. Smooth and perfectly balanced, it's rich, spicy and full of intrigue. There are less than 200 bottles available so it won't last - it is too good to last. Don't do anything other than just drink it, you will never find another cognac like this even at double the price.

    "For anyone looking for a very fine and special gift  .... The smallest glass is a sublime treat."  Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dates and baked apples with spices and nutty aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dates, cinnamon, toffee and pistachio as well as more exotic tones of rambutan, mango and passion fruit with some sweet orange in the tail.
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  2. Hermitage 1989 Grande Champagne Cognac
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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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    Regular Price: £124.73

    Special Price Excl. VAT: £93.55 Incl. VAT: £112.26

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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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  3.  Hermitage 25 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac

    Cognac Masters 2011 - Masters Award

    IWSC 2013 - Gold Award

    This Grande Champagne cognac is produced by a firm in the centre of cognac who produce from three vineyards in the very best parts of the cru. It is a particularly complex 25 y.o. that has benefited from expert ageing in Limousin oak barrels. A multitude of aromas and flavours which develop in the glass , but only if you can manage to keep it in there long enough.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Initially there is a deep smell of kumquats and dried mandarin skins, but this is a wonderfully complex cognac with a multitude of aromas. The nose develops to nutmeg, roasted almonds, vanilla, coffee and melon and if you can resist drinking it you will be rewarded with many more delicious rich smells as it matures in the glass
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The overall complexity of the flavours is retained from start to finish, with a slightly spicy addition appearing after the initial citrus flavour has developed on the palate. This is then followed by a development into dried almond and a hint of marrow. A superior Grande Champagne, complex and well balanced
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    Excl. VAT: £93.99 Incl. VAT: £112.79

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    Cognac Masters 2011 - Masters Award

    IWSC 2013 - Gold Award

    This Grande Champagne cognac is produced by a firm in the centre of cognac who produce from three vineyards in the very best parts of the cru. It is a particularly complex 25 y.o. that has benefited from expert ageing in Limousin oak barrels. A multitude of aromas and flavours which develop in the glass , but only if you can manage to keep it in there long enough.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Initially there is a deep smell of kumquats and dried mandarin skins, but this is a wonderfully complex cognac with a multitude of aromas. The nose develops to nutmeg, roasted almonds, vanilla, coffee and melon and if you can resist drinking it you will be rewarded with many more delicious rich smells as it matures in the glass
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The overall complexity of the flavours is retained from start to finish, with a slightly spicy addition appearing after the initial citrus flavour has developed on the palate. This is then followed by a development into dried almond and a hint of marrow. A superior Grande Champagne, complex and well balanced
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  4. Hermitage 1993 Grande Champagne Cognac

    Made by a highly respected old family in Ambleville near Segonzac in Grande Champagne who make very tradtional cognacs.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There is an immediate sensation of freshness and balance. Mandarin, white pepper, pineapple, ginger, a variety of dynamic aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: On the palate, lots of yellow fruit, melon, pear. Followed by fresh peppermint and eucalyptus . It has an aromatic complexity impressive for its age
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    Excl. VAT: £95.00 Incl. VAT: £114.00

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    Made by a highly respected old family in Ambleville near Segonzac in Grande Champagne who make very tradtional cognacs.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There is an immediate sensation of freshness and balance. Mandarin, white pepper, pineapple, ginger, a variety of dynamic aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: On the palate, lots of yellow fruit, melon, pear. Followed by fresh peppermint and eucalyptus . It has an aromatic complexity impressive for its age
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  5. Christmas Gift Set - Hermitage 45 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac

    Cognac Masters 2018 - Gold Award

    This is one of David's favourite cognacs of all time so this year, we are offering it in a Christmas sampling set 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 Gold medal winning cognacs at a fraction of the price. These sets are in very limited supply so don't hang about, order yours today. The Hermitage 45 Year Old is a cognac of great distinction which must not be hurried as the many aromas and flavours need to be discovered slowly.

    "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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    Excl. VAT: £95.83 Incl. VAT: £115.00

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    Cognac Masters 2018 - Gold Award

    This is one of David's favourite cognacs of all time so this year, we are offering it in a Christmas sampling set 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 Gold medal winning cognacs at a fraction of the price. These sets are in very limited supply so don't hang about, order yours today. The Hermitage 45 Year Old is a cognac of great distinction which must not be hurried as the many aromas and flavours need to be discovered slowly.

    "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. Raymond Ragnaud 1990 Grande Champagne Cognac

    A glorious example of how good young cognacs can be from this house. It is still in wood and has a dry and citrus long finish. If you like this style, buy it now, it is surprisingly good value.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fresh straw and dried tangerine peel. Delicate with a hint of nuts.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Soft and mellow with subtle orange notes, light toffee and a gentle spice on the finish. It has a medium length with great balance.
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    Excl. VAT: £99.25 Incl. VAT: £119.10

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    A glorious example of how good young cognacs can be from this house. It is still in wood and has a dry and citrus long finish. If you like this style, buy it now, it is surprisingly good value.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fresh straw and dried tangerine peel. Delicate with a hint of nuts.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Soft and mellow with subtle orange notes, light toffee and a gentle spice on the finish. It has a medium length with great balance.
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  7. Hine 1987 (Early Landed) Grande Champagne Cognac

    The early landed cognacs from Hine have been matured in cellars in the UK. Cognacs aged this way can be affected by the drier conditions which allow the barrels to absorb more cognac. It was landed in 1990 and bottled in 2005.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Soft floral aromas of violets and summer straw.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A dryer cognac with tones of vanilla, citrus fruits and some dry spices.
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    Excl. VAT: £99.53 Incl. VAT: £119.44

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    The early landed cognacs from Hine have been matured in cellars in the UK. Cognacs aged this way can be affected by the drier conditions which allow the barrels to absorb more cognac. It was landed in 1990 and bottled in 2005.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Soft floral aromas of violets and summer straw.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A dryer cognac with tones of vanilla, citrus fruits and some dry spices.
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  8. Tesseron 76 Grande Champagne Cognac

    Tesseron have some very old and interesting cellars which hold some considerable stocks of old cognacs. The number 76 originally referred to 1976 to get round rules in age identification. They are rich and nutty with citrus and vine cane aromas.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Very alluring and expressive, this presents a sensation of fruit compote layered with hints of honey and leather, all lifted by floral tones – very elegant.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Generous on attack, this presents a wonderful, spicy vitality, complementing  a harmonious, rounded style
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    Excl. VAT: £100.00 Incl. VAT: £120.00

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    Tesseron have some very old and interesting cellars which hold some considerable stocks of old cognacs. The number 76 originally referred to 1976 to get round rules in age identification. They are rich and nutty with citrus and vine cane aromas.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Very alluring and expressive, this presents a sensation of fruit compote layered with hints of honey and leather, all lifted by floral tones – very elegant.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Generous on attack, this presents a wonderful, spicy vitality, complementing  a harmonious, rounded style
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  9. Hine 1981 Grande Champagne Cognac

    A well known name with links to Hennessy. The last owner was Bernard Hine, one of the Cognac Grandees. Dry and floral with vine cane and straw aroma. The cognac has been aged in UK cellars, landed in 1986 and bottled in 1999.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Soft floral aromas of violets and summer straw.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A dryer cognac with tones of vanilla, citrus fruits and some dry spices.
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    Excl. VAT: £100.09 Incl. VAT: £120.11

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    A well known name with links to Hennessy. The last owner was Bernard Hine, one of the Cognac Grandees. Dry and floral with vine cane and straw aroma. The cognac has been aged in UK cellars, landed in 1986 and bottled in 1999.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Soft floral aromas of violets and summer straw.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A dryer cognac with tones of vanilla, citrus fruits and some dry spices.
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  10. 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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  11. 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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