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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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