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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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XO Cognac from the A.E. Dor house, made with a rich blend of Grande and Petit Champagne eaux-de-vie. Light, honeyed, delicate and supremely well crafted.  More info
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A.E. Dor Cigar Cognac
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Produced by the top cognac house A E Dor, this is a delicious Fine Champagne (a blend of Cognac distilled from grapes grown on the premier Grande Chamapagne and Petite Champagne regions). It was...  More info
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An XO expression from independent Cognac house, La Gabare, founded in 1992 by Jean Grosperrin. They use a blend of Petit Champagne and Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie to produce this warming, rancio-rich...  More info
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Made with eaux-de-vie aged for at least 25 years, this Grande Champagne Cognac from A.E. Dor is a right spicy little number, but well rounded in the way that old, finely crafted Cognac often seems to...  More info
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A very old Cognac from A.E. Dor, using eaux-de-vie sourced from the Grande Champagne region. The house was founded in 1858 in Jarnac, meaning they lived through the phylloxera outbreak, in the latter...  More info
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Courvoisier, L'Essence is blended from eaux-de-vies from the last two centuries, some dating back to the early 1900s.
The eaux-de-vies come from Grande Champagne and Borderies.
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From the Grosperrin range of rare vintage Cognac comes this 1990 expression, produced using grapes from the Grande Champagne region, one of if not the most renowned region  More info
$208.47
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
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An extraordinary blend of cognacs from the very finest cru, including some over 50 years old!  More info
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Distilled in 1981, and brought for ageing in cellars in Bristol, England, this Early Landed cognac from Hine harkens back to the old days of brandy. Very subtle and well balanced. A lesson in harmony…...  More info
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This is a collectible bottle of Exshaw No. 1 Grande Champagne Cognac, a popular expression of yesteryear, bottled in 1991. A long standing brand which we believe has been owned by Otard since the...  More info
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Though this bottle of Martell XO Supreme Cognac was only produced in the 2000s, it'd still be quite a trifle to find a bottle like this. A neat piece of Martell memorabilia.  More info
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Though nothing to do with L'Étranger (a cracking novel by Albert Camus), this is a very rare and exciting antique bottle of Célèbration Cognac from the Camus brand. We believe this 1 litre bottling...  More info
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Released in celebration of Martell's 300th anniversary, occurring in 2015, this is a limited edition bottling of their Cordon Bleu Cognac presented in bottles designed to look like the ones the...  More info
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Davidoff XO Cognac
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Finely crafted XO Cognac, produced for the well-known Swiss cigar company, Davidoff. Scrumptiously flavoursome with plum, honey and oak notes throughout. Once upon a time, the brand was made by...  More info
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A 1992 vintage Grande Champagne Cognac from renowned producer, Jean Fillioux. This vintage displays many characteristics which you'd look for in a stunning Cognac, including a good balance of...  More info
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An absolutely gorgeous bottle of Otard's VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac. We think that this handsome piece was bottled in 1987, and comes alongside the original presentation box. Surely this would make an...  More info
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A 1975 vintage Fins Bois Cognac from Jean Grosperrin's vast collection, which spans many regions and many vintages. This has been bottled at 50.8% ABV, allowing for a full flavour profile and mouth...  More info
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Exceptional Cognac at a simply astonishing price. One of Master of Malt's staff favourites.  More info
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Hennessy XO
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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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$180.99
Rémy Martin XO is a Fine Champagne Cognac with 85% Grande Champagne and 15% Petite Champagne.  More info
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$182.09
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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$162.10
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
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A smooth and supple Cognac made with spirit aged for between 20 and 35 years. It is made with some old Borderies Cognac, known for its woody style. The results are spicy, smooth as silk and very...  More info
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Courvoisier XO Cognac
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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
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