Courvoisier VS (Very Special) is a mouth-watering blend of cognacs offering complex fruity notes, with a unique richness and depth.
Hennessy VS is one of the most famous Cognacs in the world, the typical bottle shape is iconic. The VS stands for “Very Special” and means that the youngest eaux-de-vie in this blend are at least 2.5 years old.
Martell VS (‘Very Special’) cognac was created over 150 years ago under the ‘Three Star’ name (***) and is enjoyed all over the world. Its harmonious, finely balanced blend makes it the ideal cognac for long drinks and cocktails.
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 old. It is a stunning cognac with an excellent delivery. It was first blended by the eponymous Thomas Hine.
Accounting for one in three bottles of VSOP consumed worldwide, Remy Martin is the benchmark for the VSOP category and is blended from spirits aged from 4 to 12 years. This latest version finishes the cognac in old barrels for a year before bottling.
Discerning, elegant and complex, VSOP Fine Cognac develops exceptional aromas of jasmine, peach and toasted almond. This cognac intricately crafted is exquisitely balanced.
Complex, deep and extremely versatile, VSOP Exclusif is considered one of the finest cognacs in the world. Combining spirits from crus in the Cognac region, it has a memorable rich and sublime flavour that’s perfect for cocktails.
One of Rémy Martin’s recent releases, Coeur de Cognac (‘heart of Cognac’) is distilled very slowly for extra smoothness and vibrant fruitiness, and is designed to offer non-Cognac drinkers an accessible, premium-quality product.
Rémy Martin XO is a Fine Champagne Cognac with 85% Grande Champagne and 15% Petite Champagne.
Fruity with dates and peels, honey and a little marmalade, overripe grape and warm pastries.
Spicy with warm pastries, overripe grape, fruits, spices, warm pastries and orange peel.
Consistently recognised as one of the finest XOs in the world, Courvoisier XO is a very old blend of fine and well-matured cognacs, offering rich exotic aromas. The perfect balance of intense flavours have been patiently evolved and nurtured for at least two decades.
The original ‘extra-old’ cognac, first bottled in 1870 by Maurice Hennessy for family and friends. Darker and much more complex than the VSOP, with appealing leather and tobacco notes and a touch of spice – a great cigar Cognac.
Hine Antique XO has always been the connoisseurs’ choice from the range - and now it’s had an upgrade, so it should be even better. This Premier Cru has been aged a minimum 10 years and has been upgraded from Fine Champagne to Grande Champagne, meaning that all the eaux-de-vie used in the assemblage are from the best region of Cognac.
XO Cognac from Richard Delisle - an indulgent and impressively aged expression, where the youngest eau-de-vie in the blend is matured for at least 6 years before being bottled. Would you just look at that gorgeous ruby hue! Top quality stuff indeed.
Richard Hennessy, a blend of the Grands Siecles, is a unique assemblage of over 100 eaux-de-vie matured to their fullest. The oldest of these are extremely rare. Richard Hennessy is the embodiment of 250 years of the history, knowledge and expertise of the Hennessy Maison, with a unique blend of exceptional and rare eaux-de-vie aged from 40 years to nearly 200 years old.
A super-luxury Courvoisier, L’Essence is blended from over 100 ancient eaux-de-vies from Grande Champagne and Borderies and is presented in a Baccarat teardrop decanter suspended in a frame complete with a finely crafted crystal stopper, inspired by the signet rings given by Napoleon Bonaparte to commanders in his army in recognition of noble acts.
An impressive 2011 release from Hennessy, the Paradis Imperial is a blend of rare 19th and 20th century cognacs inspired by the cognac that the company created in 1818 for Tsar Alexander I as a present from his mother. It’s packaged in an elegant crystal decanter designed by Stephanie Balini and features an 18-carat gold plated label.
Rémy Martin Louis XIII, a truly stunning Cognac from Rémy Martin. It is blended from around 1,200 different eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne appellation, and some of the spirit was distilled more than 100 years ago.
This is a favourite of Elton John, Christian Dior and even Winston Churchill, who celebrated his election with it in 1951. It was served to Queen Elizabeth II in the Versailles Palace to celebrate her visit of 1957.
A 40 year old brandy wine. In Armagnac the production of aged Brandy comes from a long tradition of special production and storage methods.
For the production of Armagnac Samalens grapes harvested from vines growing on a small section of the best appellasona Bas Armagnac, called the “Grand Bas Armagnac”, where the soils are mainly sandy and clay-limestone. After distillation, the eau-de-vie (alcohol) placed in new barrels of black Gascon oak in which it resides about five years, after which the distillate is kept in old barrels.
Gently sweet arrival with a light mouthfeel. Followed quickly with some chewy caramel and lashings of dissolved brown sugar. Warmth of alcohol comes forward in a refined and careful manner. Tasty sugars and some fennel and green notes start poking through now with some drier oak at the back of the tongue.
Soft, warming and fig-like, with hints of prune, dates and honey. Good body, thick, soft and juicy, like biting into an overripe piece of fruit. Floral too. The floral notes develop with hints of spice.
15 year old Calvados, produced for Château Du Breuil’s scrumptious range of expressions. This is a double distilled Calvados, which spends a decade-and-a-half ageing in Normandy, before being bottled. Fragrant and floral, with rich, oak-y qualities making themselves heard all the way through.