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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 1 litre bottling of VSOP Cognac, which has been produced for the Swiss cigar company, Davidoff. Dried fruit, ripe plum, fragrant oak and rich honey notes abound in this one.  More info
Martell Creation
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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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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
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Very well aged Grande Champagne Cognac from Jean Fillioux. This XO expression captures decadent, expressive notes of plump dried raisin, generous vanilla, roasted almonds and spicy cinnamon. Enjoy...  More info
Godet Sélection Spéciale VSOP is aged for 10 years in oak, and it is blended from spirit from the Petite Champagne, Borderies and Fins Bois Cognac regions. It was awarded a Gold Medal at the Poznam...  More info
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Brilliant single estate XO Cognac, made using grapes taken from the Petit Champagne region of Cognac. Supremely elegant and rich with notes of rancio, oak, vanilla and dried fruit.  More info
Daniel Bouju XO No. 27
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AN XO Grande Champagne Cognac from Daniel Bouju in Saint Preuil, which has been matured in Limousin casks for a rather long time indeed. Big and bold with rancio, herbs, nutmeg, cinnamon-dusted prunes...  More info
Hennessy VS 1.5l
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A magnum bottle of the world's most famed VS Cognac. Hennessy VS is aged for between 2 and 5 years.  More info
Tiffon VS Cognac
(70cl, 40%)
The entry level VS Cognac from the Tiffon House, which was established in 1875. Plenty of vanilla, sugared nut and dried fruit nuts throughout.  More info
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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Claude Thorin Extra
(70cl, 40%)
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Godet Excellence XO
(70cl, 40%)
An excellent 25 year old brandy made from Eaux-de-vie from Borderies, and Grande and Petite Champagnes.  More info
A rich, full-bodied Cognac, specially blended by Jean Fillioux to pair well with a cigar.  More info
XO Cognac from Godet, a house with a very long history which dates back to 1782. They are based in the seaside town of La Rochelle, where they produce, mature and blend exquisite expressions like this...  More info
ABK6 VSOP Cognac
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ABK6 VSOP Cognac is a single estate expression made by the family-owned Cognac house, whom have seen snapping up award after award in recent years. A sublime Cognac in many, many way. Named World's...  More info
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(70cl, 40%)
A vibrant, expressive XO Cognac from the Tiffon House, made with eaux de vie from the Grande and Petit Champagne regions. La Maison Tiffon was founded in Jarnac in 1875, and in 1919 Cognac Tiffon was...  More info
One of Godet's top Cognacs, Epicure was distilled from the Folle Blanche grape, and it has been aged in oak for 15 years. A creamy, velvety soft spirit with oodles of rich flavour. Very good indeed.  More info
This is the VS Cognac from Richard Delisle, featuring a beautiful amber hue. As a VS Cognac, the youngest eau-de-vie in the blend will have aged in the cask for at least 2 years before it joined this...  More info
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