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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.

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
$36.14

Hennessy Bras Armé Cognac - 1960s

75cl, 40%
Hennessy

The label of this Hennessy Bras Armé Cognac from the 1960s has been through the wars and seen better days, but the protective force-field that surrounds the Cognac (also known as glass) has kept…  More info

Hennessy Bras Armé Cognac - 1960s
$264.54

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
13
$38.40

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
$606.23

Hennessy Paradis Imperial

70cl, 40%
Hennessy

Released in 2011, this stunning Cognac from Hennessy is a blend of incredibly rare spirit distilled in the 19th and 20th centuries. It was inspired by a special brandy created by Hennessy in 1818 for…  More info

Hennessy Paradis Imperial
6
$1650.07

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
$413.34

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
8
$31.18

Hennessy VS - bottled 1990

100cl, 40%
Hennessy

Made with a mix of 40 or so eaux-de-vie, Hennessy VS is a classic, with this old bottle dating from 1990. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs…  More info

Hennessy VS - bottled 1990
$198.41

Hennessy VS 1.5l

150cl, 40%
Hennessy

A magnum bottle of the world's most famed VS Cognac. Hennessy VS is aged for between 2 and 5 years.  More info

Hennessy VS 1.5l
$65.86

Hennessy VS Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%
Hennessy

A beautifully presented Hennessy gift pack featuring their VS (Very Special) expression and two glasses.  More info

Hennessy VS Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$42.38

Hennessy XO

70cl, 40%
Hennessy

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

Hennessy XO
10
$130.89

Hine 1981 Early Landed - Grand Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Hine

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

Hine 1981 Early Landed - Grand Champagne Cognac
$495.96

Hine 1983 Early Landed - Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Hine

An Early Landed Cognac, meaning that after just a few months maturing in Jarnac the casks used were transported to a cellar in the UK where conditions are cooler, with high humidity and more constant…  More info

Hine 1983 Early Landed - Grande Champagne Cognac
$319.05

Hine 1984 Early Landed - Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Hine

Early Landed Cognac is fascinating stuff - the first few moths of maturation are spent in Jarnac in the Cognac region before the casks are transported to a cellar in the UK, Bristol in this case.…  More info

Hine 1984 Early Landed - Grande Champagne Cognac
$479.27

Hine 1985 Early Landed - Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Hine

Full bodied, spicy and muscular, this vintage HINE Cognac comes from 1985 when the sunny weather ran right through into the harvest. HINE only set aside casks for vintage releases in exceptional…  More info

Hine 1985 Early Landed - Grande Champagne Cognac
$310.35

Hine 1986 Early Landed

70cl, 40%
Hine

Matured in the UK after an initial few months in Jarnac (hence "Early Landed"), this is yet another beautiful example of why we love HINE Cognac.  More info

Hine 1986 Early Landed
$424.36

Hine 3 Star - 1963

68cl, 40%
Hine

Have a Cognac enthusiast in your life that was born in 1963? Then they might just be interested in this rare antique bottle of Hine 3 Star Cognac, which was produced in that very same year!  More info

Hine 3 Star - 1963
$264.54

Hine 3 Star - 1970s

68cl, 40%
Hine

A 1970s bottling of Hine 3 Star Cognac - which you're more likely to see listed as VS these days. An awesome piece of history, this is.  More info

Hine 3 Star - 1970s
$198.41

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
$123.20

Hine Bonneuil 2005

70cl, 43%
Hine

A single estate 2005 vintage Cognac from Hine, made with grapes taken exclusively from their own vineyards in the Grande Champagne region, showing off the personality of the terroir and the harvest.…  More info

Hine Bonneuil 2005
$81.37

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
$81.52

Hine Mariage

70cl, 40%
Hine

The Hine Mariage expression was created in 1991 in celebration of the 200th wedding anniversary of Thomas Hine and Françoise Elisabeth (that's three-and-a-bit diamond anniversaries, in case you were…  More info

Hine Mariage
$1659.43

Hine Napoléon Extra Fine Cognac - 1982

70cl, 40%
Hine

This is a bottle of Hine Napoléon Extra Fine Cognac, produced in 1982. It comes alongside a presentation box showing the man himself, Napoléon, doing a wheelie on a horse.  More info

Hine Napoléon Extra Fine Cognac - 1982
$198.41

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
$46.40

Hine Signature - 1980s

70cl, 40%
Hine

A 1980s bottling of Hine Signature, made from grapes grown in the Petit Champagne. Funnily enough, the bottle does actually feature a signature of Thomas Hine. Neat!  More info

Hine Signature - 1980s
$198.41

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