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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. Ordonneau 25 Year Old Tres Vielle Reserve Borderies Cognac

    A good cognac with lots of rich nutty qualities. It is a good example of what can be achieved from the smallest of the crus.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Burnt sugar, sultanas and walnuts
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Raisins, plums and butterscotch. This is a magnificent cognac with character and depth of flavour but without any harshness. A ladies cognac.
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    Excl. VAT: £68.33 Incl. VAT: £82.00

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    A good cognac with lots of rich nutty qualities. It is a good example of what can be achieved from the smallest of the crus.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Burnt sugar, sultanas and walnuts
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Raisins, plums and butterscotch. This is a magnificent cognac with character and depth of flavour but without any harshness. A ladies cognac.
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  2. Hermitage 1958 Borderies Cognac

    Cognac Masters 2018 - Gold Medal

    Borderies is the smallest cru of Cognac but produces some of the nicest flavours, especially amongst the older cognacs from the region. This has flavours of cashew nuts, raisins, medlars and cinnamon and there is a good rancio from more than 40 years of barrel ageing.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Juniper berries, roast pheasant skin, cashew nuts and dried hay with a hint of mace and other dried spices.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich flavours of stewed plums, dried currants, medlars, cashew nuts and cinnamon.
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    Excl. VAT: £446.47 Incl. VAT: £535.76

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    Cognac Masters 2018 - Gold Medal

    Borderies is the smallest cru of Cognac but produces some of the nicest flavours, especially amongst the older cognacs from the region. This has flavours of cashew nuts, raisins, medlars and cinnamon and there is a good rancio from more than 40 years of barrel ageing.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Juniper berries, roast pheasant skin, cashew nuts and dried hay with a hint of mace and other dried spices.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich flavours of stewed plums, dried currants, medlars, cashew nuts and cinnamon.
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  3. Hermitage 1914 Borderies Cognac

    Cognac Masters 2012 - Master Award

    This exceptionally rare and sought after cognac was found in an old cellar to the north of Cognac. We were lucky in obtaining a complete bonbonne for bottling. Just don’t hang about, this is not going to last.

    "My most prized bottle is a 1914 Cognac Hermitage Borderies which has an incredible spectrum of flavours, from toffee to walnuts." Olly Smith, Journalist & TV Presenter

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There is an aroma of rich pineapple syrup and Turkish coffee with nutmeg
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Burnt sugar and toffee with a hint of chocolate and brazil nuts. This has all the true characteristics of a true Borderies cognac and shows an intense Rancio. The balance is extraordinarily fine and leaves a highly rich and flavoursome cognac
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    Excl. VAT: £986.69 Incl. VAT: £1,184.03

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    Cognac Masters 2012 - Master Award

    This exceptionally rare and sought after cognac was found in an old cellar to the north of Cognac. We were lucky in obtaining a complete bonbonne for bottling. Just don’t hang about, this is not going to last.

    "My most prized bottle is a 1914 Cognac Hermitage Borderies which has an incredible spectrum of flavours, from toffee to walnuts." Olly Smith, Journalist & TV Presenter

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There is an aroma of rich pineapple syrup and Turkish coffee with nutmeg
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Burnt sugar and toffee with a hint of chocolate and brazil nuts. This has all the true characteristics of a true Borderies cognac and shows an intense Rancio. The balance is extraordinarily fine and leaves a highly rich and flavoursome cognac
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