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Cognac

Cognac has long since been heralded as the most revered spirit in the world and its reputation is second to none. It is interesting to learn that Cognac was one of the last regions in France to begin distilling; it was during the 17th century that Cognac production got underway in earnest.

The drink is produced in the town of Cognac to the very west of France, and it has had a recent surge in popularity and the famed Cognac houses - including Hennessy, Hine, Martell and Rémy Martin – have become household names.

Cognac is distilled from a selection of grape varietals, with Ugni Blanc being the most popular. The first step is to press and ferment the grapes to make wine. It is worth mentioning that good Cognac grapes and good wine grapes are two separate entities, for different qualities are required. Cognac grapes do not tend to make for good wine, because they are rather bitter and acidic, thus a good year for wine may not be such for Cognac.

The wine is twice distilled - as opposed to Armagnac which undergoes a single distillation – before the spirit is matured for at least two years in oak barrels. There are regional distinctions within Cognac and most houses usually blend grapes from multiple sub-regions within the Cognac area. The regions are ringed around the town, and the most central regions are the most venerated. The premier cru is Grand Champagne, so named for the nature of its soils.

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A classic cognac, this is matured for between 8 and 12 years in a selection of Troncais and Limousin oak barrels. This VSOP from Couvoisier is a "Fine Champagne" meaning it is a blend of Cognacs from...  More info
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$55.50
A Grande Champagne Cognac from Maxime Trijol, this was awarded a Silver medal at the 2009 International Spirits Challenge.  More info
$149.67
A wonderful blend of Early Landed cognacs (a traditional method of maturing cognac - it is exported prior to maturation - thus the name - and is aged in cellars in the UK - Bristol to be precise) as...  More info
$111.58
A wonderful unblended cognac from Ragnaud Sabourin, this is made exclusively with spirit distilled from grapes from the Grande Champagne region. Fresh and floral.  More info
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$180.95
A very well aged Cognac from Jacques Ordonneau. This was matured for between 25 and 30 years, and was produced using grapes from the Borderies region - the result is a hearty, violet-flavoured cognac...  More info
$85.17
When Courvoisier brought out this 12 year old Cognac, they bucked a huge trend in the industry. In fact, it marked the first time ever that one of the big Cognac houses had bottled one of its spirits...  More info
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$77.30
Made exclusively with Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie - the finest cru in the Cognac region. This includes a good amount of cognacs aged for between 10 and 20 years, and the average age is rumoured to be...  More info
$69.91
Fillioux cognacs are aged solely in Limousin casks with no added boisé (boiled down wood chips added to give a sense of maturity). Instead, the spirits are aged using time-honoured traditions. This is...  More info
$96.08
Martell Cordon Bleu
(70cl, 40%)
Martell Cordon Bleu was originally created by Edouard Martell in 1912. It is a sultry, stylish cognac with a lovely fruity, spicy flavour.  More info
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$148.27
Landy XO No 1
(70cl, 40%)
Landy XO is a fruity, sumptuous Cognac made using spirit from the three premier regions: the Grande Champagne, the Petite Champagne and the Fins Bois. The brandy is distilled in small copper pot...  More info
$131.03
Meukow XO
(70cl, 40%)
The Meukow Cognac House was established over a century-and-a-half ago, and in that time they have built a reputation for producing masterful Cognacs. This XO is a perfect example, as it has been...  More info
$175.57
H by Hine VSOP
(70cl, 40%)
A VSOP from Hine. H is a blend of around 15 Petite Champagne eaux-de-vie with the youngest cognac in the blend being aged for at least 4 years. This was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2007 International...  More info
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$51.75
A new addition to the Hine range, the classic Antique is now "Premier Cru". Before it was a Fine Champagne (a blend of cognacs from both the Grande and Petite Champagne regions) now it is just...  More info
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$179.17
None of the Ragnaud-Sabourin cognacs are blended between years; they are all matured as vintages. They are also completely unadulterated with no artificial colours or sweeteners added. This is a...  More info
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$159.57
Hennessy VS
(70cl, 40%)
A blend of around forty different eaux-de-vie. The Cognac grading system was actually created by Maurice Hennessy in 1865. This VS (very special) cognac is the quintessential Cognac.  More info
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$49.46
Rémy Martin XO is a Fine Champagne Cognac with 85% Grande Champagne and 15% Petite Champagne.  More info
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$226.73
Maxime Trijol XO
(70cl, 40%)
A classic XO Cognac from Maxime Trijol. This award winning spirit was distilled under Jean-Jacques Trijol, from the Trijol family's 20 hectare estate.  More info
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$100.38
Hennessy XO
(70cl, 40%)
The term XO was coined for this very Cognac by Maurice Hennessy in the 19th Century. This blend includes over 100 eaux-de-vie.  More info
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$183.78
Exceptional Cognac at a simply astonishing price. One of Master of Malt's staff favourites.  More info
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$56.20
A Grande Champagne Cognac blended from well-aged eaux-de-vie, this enjoys a two year marriage. It is "pale" for it has a light hue, despite its age, and is "dry" for it has no added sweetener.  More info
$118.22
Hine Rare VSOP Cognac
(70cl, 40%)
Hine Rare VSOP is a blend of Grande and Petite Champagnes (60% is the former). This is what's known as a Fine Champagne. The cognac is aged from between 6 and 12 years, with most being around 8 years...  More info
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$68.10
Are you a Cognac connoisseur that felt left out last year when the Whisky Advent and Ginvent Calendars were unveiled? Well this year, Drinks by the Dram aren't making that mistake again, oh no! Santa...  More info
$256.00
A 1970s bottling of Rémy Martin VSOP Cognac, rare and collectible. The bottle has suffered a couple bumps and scrapes over the years, but you try and live for over 30 years without getting a grazed...  More info
$307.30
A rather retro bottle of Bisquit VSOP Cognac, produced in the 1970s. the Bisquit Dubouché et Cie House of Cognac has been around for nearly two centuries, and continues to produce Cognac even today...  More info
$307.30
Bottles are okay. Decanters are (sometimes) pretty neat. But you want to know what's a cool thing to store Fine Champagne Cognac in? Two words: Porcelain. Centaur. That's right, this is a Limoges...  More info
$819.46
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