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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. Ragnaud Sabourin 20 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac

    Ragnaud Sabourin is just outside Ambleville and lies in a valley, the sides of which are their vineyards.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There are some floral and balsamic notes with just a little citrus aroma
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A round complexity of floral and citrus flavours. A light but delicate cognac with good style
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    Excl. VAT: £69.25 Incl. VAT: £83.10

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    Ragnaud Sabourin is just outside Ambleville and lies in a valley, the sides of which are their vineyards.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There are some floral and balsamic notes with just a little citrus aroma
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A round complexity of floral and citrus flavours. A light but delicate cognac with good style
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  3. Hermitage 2008 Grande Champagne Cognac
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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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    Regular Price: £109.30

    Special Price Excl. VAT: £72.87 Incl. VAT: £87.44

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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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  4. Prunier 20 Year Old Fins Bois Cognac

    Fresh hazelnut and citrus tones feature strongly in this really traditional cognac. There is an aroma of orange peel with some cedar. This is a true connoisseur's cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Orange peel, cedar, almond and linden flowers.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Quite dry and in the early 20th century style. Liquorice, nuts and fresh hazelnuts combine with orange peel and cedar.
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    Excl. VAT: £74.91 Incl. VAT: £89.89

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    Fresh hazelnut and citrus tones feature strongly in this really traditional cognac. There is an aroma of orange peel with some cedar. This is a true connoisseur's cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Orange peel, cedar, almond and linden flowers.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Quite dry and in the early 20th century style. Liquorice, nuts and fresh hazelnuts combine with orange peel and cedar.
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  5. Prunier 20 Year Old Fins Bois Cognac - Harvested 1991
    Only one bottle remaining

    Smooth and full-bodied, this cognac is a beautiful Fin Bois, typical of the Mouliders terroir from where it comes. The grapes were harvested in 1991 before being made into cognac and aged in oak for 20 years.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fresh hazelnut, butter, almonds, gingerbread and sandalwood.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Hints of bitter chocolate and honey, some wood in the finish.
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    Smooth and full-bodied, this cognac is a beautiful Fin Bois, typical of the Mouliders terroir from where it comes. The grapes were harvested in 1991 before being made into cognac and aged in oak for 20 years.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fresh hazelnut, butter, almonds, gingerbread and sandalwood.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Hints of bitter chocolate and honey, some wood in the finish.
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  6. Paul Beau 25 Year Old Hors d'Age Grande Champagne Cognac

    The emphasis on ageing has worked well and this particularly fine 25 y.o.has developed a big complexity with aromas of orange peel, kumquats, guava, melon, dried nuts and much more. It's slightly higher strength of 43% enhances this cognac further.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: This is a wonderfully complex cognac with a multitude of aromas. Initially there is a deep smell of kumquats and dried mandarin skins. The nose develops to nutmeg, roasted almonds, vanilla, coffee and melon but one can sit all day imagining all the delicious rich smells which mature in the glass.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Citrus flavours are the first to develop on the palate with a slightly spicy addition, this develops into dried almonds and a hint of marrow but still retaining an overall complexity of flavours.
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    Excl. VAT: £75.50 Incl. VAT: £90.60

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    The emphasis on ageing has worked well and this particularly fine 25 y.o.has developed a big complexity with aromas of orange peel, kumquats, guava, melon, dried nuts and much more. It's slightly higher strength of 43% enhances this cognac further.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: This is a wonderfully complex cognac with a multitude of aromas. Initially there is a deep smell of kumquats and dried mandarin skins. The nose develops to nutmeg, roasted almonds, vanilla, coffee and melon but one can sit all day imagining all the delicious rich smells which mature in the glass.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Citrus flavours are the first to develop on the palate with a slightly spicy addition, this develops into dried almonds and a hint of marrow but still retaining an overall complexity of flavours.
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  7. Hermitage 1995 Grande Champagne Cognac

    We were lucky to find this wonderful cognac available for bottling as a replacement for our award-winning 1999 vintage which has nearly run out.  The 1995 comes from the same distillery but has aged for a longer period, enabling a greater complexity of flavours.  This is a rich and beautifully finished cognac fit for a king.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Delightful rich aromas of butterscotch, cocoa, cloves and brazil nuts.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Remarkably mature with flavours of butterscotch, walnuts, biscuits and baked apple peel. Finishing tones of mandarin peel and damson.
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    Excl. VAT: £81.25 Incl. VAT: £97.50

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    We were lucky to find this wonderful cognac available for bottling as a replacement for our award-winning 1999 vintage which has nearly run out.  The 1995 comes from the same distillery but has aged for a longer period, enabling a greater complexity of flavours.  This is a rich and beautifully finished cognac fit for a king.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Delightful rich aromas of butterscotch, cocoa, cloves and brazil nuts.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Remarkably mature with flavours of butterscotch, walnuts, biscuits and baked apple peel. Finishing tones of mandarin peel and damson.
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  8. Hermitage 20 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac

    Produced on a small estate in the Grande Champagne and aged for over 20 years, this deep, golden cognac has a wonderful aroma of toffee with roasted nut, some spices and just a hint of pineapple.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: This deep, golden cognac has a wonderful aroma of toffee with roasted nut, some spices and just a hint of pineapple.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Fine cognacs become more complex as they mature. There are flavours of spice and coffee with pineapple in the background.
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    Excl. VAT: £84.63 Incl. VAT: £101.56

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    Produced on a small estate in the Grande Champagne and aged for over 20 years, this deep, golden cognac has a wonderful aroma of toffee with roasted nut, some spices and just a hint of pineapple.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: This deep, golden cognac has a wonderful aroma of toffee with roasted nut, some spices and just a hint of pineapple.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Fine cognacs become more complex as they mature. There are flavours of spice and coffee with pineapple in the background.
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  9. Seguinot 30 Year Old XO Grande Champagne Cognac

    Traditional ageing in this firm means that it takes many years for a truly great quality to emerge. Dry roasted walnut and citrus fruit skins on the palate.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Similar to the 10 y.o. but more intense. Floral tones, violet and hazel nut. Fragrant vine cane and wood aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dry initial start to the pallet but developing into a complexity of hazel light oak and some grapefruit and lemon flavours
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    Excl. VAT: £85.66 Incl. VAT: £102.79

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    Traditional ageing in this firm means that it takes many years for a truly great quality to emerge. Dry roasted walnut and citrus fruit skins on the palate.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Similar to the 10 y.o. but more intense. Floral tones, violet and hazel nut. Fragrant vine cane and wood aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dry initial start to the pallet but developing into a complexity of hazel light oak and some grapefruit and lemon flavours
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  10. Hermitage Cognac Café 20

    A rich, robust dark cognac with hints of mocha, coffee and roasted walnuts. Aged for more than 20 years in oak casks, Hermitage Café 20 is at its best late morning when the taste buds are at their most receptive. During the 18th and 19th centuries in London and other capitals of Europe, cognac was often enjoyed with dark coffees, sweetmeats or pastries. Today Hermitage Café 20 is for those who, like their ancestors, enjoy the excitement and joy of the 20th century café culture.

    "This is as good as it gets and is mind-blowing with after-dinner coffee." Olly Smith, TV Presenter & Journalist

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There is a rich coffee and mocha aroma with hints of roasted walnuts and Demerara sugar.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intensely rich mocha and coffee flavours combined with brittle toffee and some citrus finishing notes ensure that this cognac will provide lasting pleasure .
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    Excl. VAT: £87.02 Incl. VAT: £104.42

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    A rich, robust dark cognac with hints of mocha, coffee and roasted walnuts. Aged for more than 20 years in oak casks, Hermitage Café 20 is at its best late morning when the taste buds are at their most receptive. During the 18th and 19th centuries in London and other capitals of Europe, cognac was often enjoyed with dark coffees, sweetmeats or pastries. Today Hermitage Café 20 is for those who, like their ancestors, enjoy the excitement and joy of the 20th century café culture.

    "This is as good as it gets and is mind-blowing with after-dinner coffee." Olly Smith, TV Presenter & Journalist

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There is a rich coffee and mocha aroma with hints of roasted walnuts and Demerara sugar.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intensely rich mocha and coffee flavours combined with brittle toffee and some citrus finishing notes ensure that this cognac will provide lasting pleasure .
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  11. Raymond Ragnaud Vieille Réserve Grande Champagne Cognac in Presentation Box with two Engraved Glasses

    A beautiful presentation box with two engraved glasses from Raymond Ragnaud. This Vieille Réserve is liquid gold, with tints of bronze, and has been aged for 15 years in the barrel. It is a complex cognac, with magnificent balance, exhibiting the major characteristics of cognac from the top cru, the Grande Champagne.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Easy nose, contemplative, calm, dried fruit, cinnamon and developing floral aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Delicate spicy taste with many fruits and a dominant grape flavour.
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    Excl. VAT: £89.96 Incl. VAT: £107.95

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    A beautiful presentation box with two engraved glasses from Raymond Ragnaud. This Vieille Réserve is liquid gold, with tints of bronze, and has been aged for 15 years in the barrel. It is a complex cognac, with magnificent balance, exhibiting the major characteristics of cognac from the top cru, the Grande Champagne.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Easy nose, contemplative, calm, dried fruit, cinnamon and developing floral aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Delicate spicy taste with many fruits and a dominant grape flavour.
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