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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. Bertrand 20 Year Old Napoleon Petite Champagne Cognac

    Beverage Tasting Institute Chicago 2014 - Gold Medal

    This cognac is highly regarded and one of our favourites. It has flavours of hazelnut, cocoa and nutmeg and comes in a new presentation.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Round with fruit and spice on the nose.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Hazelnut, cocoa and nutmeg.
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    Excl. VAT: £93.96 Incl. VAT: £112.75

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    Beverage Tasting Institute Chicago 2014 - Gold Medal

    This cognac is highly regarded and one of our favourites. It has flavours of hazelnut, cocoa and nutmeg and comes in a new presentation.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Round with fruit and spice on the nose.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Hazelnut, cocoa and nutmeg.
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  2.  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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Grosperrin 1988 Fins Bois Cognac
    From the cellars in Chermignac close to La Rochelle. These are exceptional cognacs with age statements. The firm only associates itself with naturally aged cognacs
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Elegant aroma of citrus fruits and cedar. It has a fresh and quite lively feature
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Very few Fins Bois cognacs are approved by Brandyclassics. This is a credit to its makers and is highly regarded with its elegant grapefruit taste
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    Excl. VAT: £101.50 Incl. VAT: £121.80

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    From the cellars in Chermignac close to La Rochelle. These are exceptional cognacs with age statements. The firm only associates itself with naturally aged cognacs
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Elegant aroma of citrus fruits and cedar. It has a fresh and quite lively feature
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Very few Fins Bois cognacs are approved by Brandyclassics. This is a credit to its makers and is highly regarded with its elegant grapefruit taste
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  10. 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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    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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  11. Hermitage 1989 Grande Champagne Cognac

    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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    Excl. VAT: £103.94 Incl. VAT: £124.73

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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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