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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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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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$92.06
Martell XO Cognac
(70cl, 40%)
The brilliant XO from Martell, this is a soft, mellow cognac with hints of rancio, citrus, blossom and walnut, This is made by blending eaux-de-vie from both the Borderies and Grande Champagne...  More info
$170.70
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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$45.36
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
$108.42
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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$183.49
Rémy Martin XO is a Fine Champagne Cognac with 85% Grande Champagne and 15% Petite Champagne.  More info
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$184.12
Coeur de Cognac is intended to be as enjoyably fruity as that first bite into a luscious peach. A great cognac from Rémy Martin.  More info
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$73.41
Exceptional Cognac at a simply astonishing price. One of Master of Malt's staff favourites.  More info
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$51.54
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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$62.45
Out of the way chocolate advent calendars - this one's chock-full of one of the most complex spirits in the world: Cognac! Produced in the Cognac region (an appellation d'origine contrôlée), this...  More info
$234.76
A 1980 vintage Grande Champagne Cognac from the Grosperrin range, which they acquired in 2004. It originally belonged to a widow who inherited the brandy and chose to sell it on.  More info
$246.38
A subtle cognac from Maxime Trijol, this spirit is the perfect accompaniment for a fine Cuban cigar. Something we can certainly attest to!  More info
$155.67
Maxime Trijol 1969
(70cl, 40%)
This incredible 1969 vintage from Maxime Trijol was aged in three casks, 22, 23 and 24. It was bottled on the 20th June 2008, and is part of a release of 1040 numbered bottles. The grapes used to make...  More info
Distilled by Maxime Trijol from grapes from the Borderies region of Cognac (a region known for its distinctly woody/floral spirit). This is very rich spirit, with a wonderful violet flavour. Highly...  More info
Stunningly presented in a handsome decanter, Maxime Trijol's Extra is distilled from grapes from the Grande Champagne region - the premier designation of Cognac. It offers rich aromas of rancio, with...  More info
Maxime Trijol VS 1.5l
(150cl, 40%)
Maxime Trijol store this cognac in oak barrels from the Limousin and Troncais forests, ageing the spirit in younger wood for the first year. This VS is intensely fruity and floral.  More info
With classic Cognac rancio, Maxime Trijol's Ancestral is a truly stunning spirit. It offers spices, candied tangerine peel and hints of truffle. Absolutely beautiful stuff!  More info
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$722.58
Maxime Trijol 1968
(70cl, 40%)
With notes of nuts and honey on the nose, and a fruity, spicy, coffee-like palate, this is a stunning vintage cognac from Maxime Trijol. Distilled in St Martial Sur Né in 1968, this is a stunning...  More info
$187.34
An XO cognac from the Fine Bois region (expect a spicy, sweet, floral spirit) with oodles of flavour, and hints of Rancio. Another classic from Leyrat!  More info
Made in the Fins Bois region, Cognac Leyrat's Lot 10 is a sweet, spicy, floral spirit. This is aged for 10 years is stunning and excellent value for money for a cognac of this age!  More info
Maurice Hennessy actually created the term "XO" for this cognac, and it's a wonderful brandy created with over 100 different eaux-de-vie. This gift set comes with two tumblers.  More info
Sélection du Château is a 10 year old cognac from Raillerie, it is their younger blend, and it is an elegant brandy. In 2005, Matthew Jukes of the Daily Mail said this of it: "If you buy one bottle of...  More info
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A Cognac made with eaux de vie from the Petite Champagne. Château de la Raillerie makes its spirit using a selection of Ugni Blanc, Colombard and Sémillion - which is quite unusual. Petite Champagne...  More info
Cognac Vintage 1968
(70cl, 40%)
A vintage Cognac, distilled on the 29th January 1968, matured in casks 6 and 7 and bottled in 1999 by the Scotch whisky company, Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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$128.30
This Cognac from the famous Croizet house is an 1875 vintage, extraordinary enough due to its age, but when you consider that this year lies slap bang in the middle of the phylloxera crisis that...  More info
$1878.74
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