For the past three centuries cognac has been almost universally recognised as the finest of all the spirits that are distilled from grapes. It has many incomparable qualities: fruitiness, subtlety of bouquet, intensity, warmth and, above all, the complexity of the many thousands of styles and flavours from a (predominantly) single grape variety. Read More »
Conjure is a collaboration between Cognac producer Birkedal Hartmann and American rapper Chris "Ludacris" Bridges. Produced from Ugni Blanc grapes grown all around the Cognac region, this is a blend of eaux de vie of differing ages natured in old Limousin oak barrels to provide a rich and complex Cognac.
A 2011 repackaging for Hennessy's Fine de Cognac, a youthful blend pitched somewhere between VS and VSOP. This is a stylish cognac equally at home in a quality cocktail or as a digestif. Excellent value for money.
A 20cl quarter-bottle of A E Dor's fabulous Cigar Cognac. Best with a medium-weight cigar, this has a toasty nose with the house's appley trademark style, with a leathery, spicy palate and finish thanks to some eaux-de-vie sourced from the Fins Bois and Borderies regions.
A cognac from liqueur experts Merlet, distillers since 1850. This has been created to express the characters of Gilles Merlet's sons Pierre and Luc - enthusiastic and determined. It's a blend of eaux-de-vie aged between 4 and 10 years and should work well on it's own or as an ingredient in a brandy showcasing cocktail.
Louis Royer's VSOP Cognac. Based in the centre of the Cognac region, in the town of Jarnac, they have been producing Cognac for over 150 years. The family have been beekepers throughout the generations, so the bee is the emblem of the company, as it has been since 1853.
Premières Saveurs is the 6 year old offering from Leopold Gourmel. Produced from particularly rich and aromatic grapes which, when distilled, pass these characteristics on to the spirit. A delicate and elegant style of Cognac.
1840 is an addition to the Pierre Ferrand cognac range that has a bit of history. Based on the 3 star cognacs much favoured by the pioneering bartenders of the 19th century this has been designed to work perfectly in classic cocktails. It's also a bit punchier than the others in the range, bottled at 45% for a more concentrated flavour that should sing out in a mixed drink.
An award winning cognac from Meukow, their VSOP is aged for longer than the law requires and is full of fruity flavour. It's also presented in the company's trademark bottle, with a leaping panther moulded on to the glass.
A terrific VSOP from Hine, Rare is classed as Fine Champagne, meaning that the eaux-de-vie used are all from the Grande or Petite Champagne areas, with at least 50% from Grande Champagne. IWSC 2012 - Gold Outstanding Medal - Cognac