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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 (two and a half years for VS Cognac, four and a half years for VSOP Cognac, six years for XO Cognac, and even longer for Prestige Cognac) 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.

The Cognac Advent Calendar (2016 Edition)

72cl, 41%
Drinks by the Dram

Estimated despatch October 10th 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…  More info

The Cognac Advent Calendar (2016 Edition)
$172.87

Rémy Martin Prime Cellar Selection No. 16

100cl, 40%
Rémy Martin

Released for the travel retail market in 2014, Rémy Martin's Prime Cellar Selection Cellar No. 16 comes as part of a series which explores the flavour profiles influenced by the particular ageing…  More info

Rémy Martin Prime Cellar Selection No. 16
$54.58

Hennessy VS

70cl, 40%
Hennessy

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

Hennessy VS
9
$30.75

Hennessy Fine de Cognac

70cl, 40%
Hennessy

Exceptional Cognac at a simply astonishing price. One of Master of Malt's staff favourites.  More info

Hennessy Fine de Cognac
14
$37.65

Rémy Martin VSOP Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%
Rémy Martin

This gift pack from Rémy Martin contains a bottle of their famous VSOP Cognac and two branded glasses to enjoy it with.  More info

Rémy Martin VSOP Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$45.21

H by Hine VSOP

70cl, 40%
Hine

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

H by Hine VSOP
3
$35.12

Hine Rare VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
Hine

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

Hine Rare VSOP Cognac
7
$45.50

Courvoisier Le Voyage De Napoleon VSOP

100cl, 40%
Courvoisier

A one litre bottling of VSOP Cognac from the famous Courvoisier brand, initially released for travel retail. It is a blend of eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies and…  More info

Courvoisier Le Voyage De Napoleon VSOP
$53.99

Baron Otard XO Gold

70cl, 40%
Otard

XO Cognac from the Baron Otard selection! Wonderfully presented and expertly blended, this Cognac presents oodles of elegant, floral notes up front, followed by honey, plum and crushed nuts. This is…  More info

Baron Otard XO Gold
$129.70

Rémy Martin Coeur De Cognac

70cl, 40%
Rémy Martin

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

Rémy Martin Coeur De Cognac
10
$45.07

L'Or de Jean Martell (with Dôme presentation case)

70cl, 40%
Martell

L'Or de Jean Martell, like Hennessy's Richard Hennessy release, celebrates the founder of one of the great cognac houses with a super premium release they would be proud of. Martell, founded in 1715,…  More info

L'Or de Jean Martell (with Dôme presentation case)
$2804.45

Bisquit XO Cognac

70cl, 40%
Bisquit Dubouché et Cie

An XO Petite Champagne expression from Bisquit of Château de Lignères, said to be one of Winston Churchill's favourite Cognac houses.  More info

Bisquit XO Cognac
1
$110.19

Cognac Leyrat Glory Extra

70cl, 45%
Cognac Leyrat

A very old, single estate Cognac from Leyrat, the Glory Extra is made using eaux-de-vie matured in casks that were hidden in the far reaches of Leyrat's 'Chai Paradise' cellar - which sounds like a…  More info

Cognac Leyrat Glory Extra
$318.19

Hennessy Privé

70cl, 40%
Hennessy

A Cognac that pays tribute to James Hennessy and is inspired by Art Deco. Master Blender Yann Fillioux put together Privé in 2009 as a recreation of James Hennessy's own Art Deco homage, the secrets…  More info

Hennessy Privé
$405.30

Hine Antique XO Premier Cru

70cl, 40%
Hine

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

Hine Antique XO Premier Cru
4
$120.80

Hine Bonneuil 2006

70cl, 42.80%
Hine

A second vintage of this single estate Grande Champagne Cognac from the excellent Hine, taken from a very small number of selected casks - for the 2006 vintage, only 19 barrels were used, all of…  More info

Hine Bonneuil 2006
$79.93

Michel Forgeron XO Cognac

70cl, 45%
Michel Forgeron

This is the XO Grande Champagne Cognac from Michel Forgeron - they use eaux-de-vie which has matured for between 20 to 30 years for this expression...  More info

Michel Forgeron XO Cognac
$82.63

Camus Île de Ré Fine Island

70cl, 40%
Camus

The first of three Île de Ré releases from Camus, making the most of this island near La Rochelle that lies within the Cognac appellation. It's matured in lightly toasted casks within a damp cellar…  More info

Camus Île de Ré Fine Island
$46.42

Guillon-Painturaud Renaissance

70cl, 40%
Guillon-Painturaud

Sitting above the Réserve and Hors d'Age in the Guillon-Painturaud range, this Cognac is around 20 years old!  More info

Guillon-Painturaud Renaissance
$200.78

Richard Delisle VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
Richard Delisle

A VSOP expression from Richard Delisle in France. This Cognac is made with eaux-de-vie that has aged in a cask for at least 4 years before it was bottled. As such, it's a little bit fancier and comes…  More info

Richard Delisle VSOP Cognac
2
$43.18

Hennessy Paradis

70cl, 40%
Hennessy

Paradis was conceived in 1979 by Maurice Fillioux, a master blender at Hennessy. He blended a selection of eaux-de-vie that his grandfather had laid down.  More info

Hennessy Paradis
$594.43

Courvoisier XO Cognac

70cl, 40%
Courvoisier

A new bottling of Courvoisier XO, a brilliant example of well aged, expertly blended and altogether delectable Cognac. Featuring very old eaux-di-vie from the Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne and…  More info

Courvoisier XO Cognac
3
$78.84

Guillon Painturaud Hors d´Age

70cl, 40%
Guillon

An Hors d'Age Cognac from Guillon-Painturaud, a house that can trace its roots back to the early seventeenth century. This Cognac is said to be in the region of 30 years old!  More info

Guillon Painturaud Hors d´Age
$91.08

Rémy Martin Premier Cru VSOP

100cl, 40%
Rémy Martin

A VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac from Rémy Martin's Premier Cru range, which was originally released for the Travel Retail market.  More info

Rémy Martin Premier Cru VSOP
$55.55

Maxime Trijol VS

70cl, 40%
Maxime Trijol

A vibrant, balanced Cognac, Maxime Trijol VS offers up delicious fruity, floral notes - possibly the most summery Cognac you'll ever try.  More info

Maxime Trijol VS
3
$29.87

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