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Asbach 3 year old (1x 70cl)

“I would like to create a wine distillate, made from the best grapes, that recognises German taste as well.” Hugo Asbach, Founder of House of Asbach. 

Born in Cologne, Germany, in 1868, Hugo Asbach went to France, which where he learned the art of distilling wine. He returned to Germany in 1892 and founded his own company in Rüdesheim on the banks of the romantic Rhine River, beginning with two stills. This laid the cornerstone for the unique history of the House of Asbach. After his death, his sons continued his work. In keeping with the quality standards established by Hugo Asbach, only the very highest quality of wine distillates is still used today.

Asbach Original aged 3 years is a fine and noble distillate. Through traditional distillation, careful storage for at least 3 years in oak casks and the secret Asbach maturing and refining process, Asbach Original aged 3 years acquires its unique and distinctive taste.

The colour of this 3 year old is dark topaz. The aromas are an elegant fusion of vinous and spicy notes, harmonious notes of wood, hint of cocoa. The flavours are full- bodied and vinous, sweetness of ripe grapes combining with spicy notes of the noble oak- wood, harmonious and enjoyably warming. The finish has slightly smoky notes of wood, nice cocoa notes, stimulating tannins.

£31.00

Castarede Bas Armagnac VSOP (1x70cl)

In 1932, Raymond Castarède took over the family company. His wife, then his son, Jean Castarède, have continued to celebrate this french brandy. Today, it is Jean Castarède’s daughter, Florence Castarède who runs the company. She loves to travel the world and share her family's extraordinary heritage. She is the 6th generation of the Castarède family to run this business.

By law VSOP Armagnac must have spent at least 4 years in oak. However the Castarède VSOP has spent at least 8 years ageing in oak casks. This Armagnac is 100% Folle Blanche from the Castarède estate vineyard, located in Bas-Armagnac. This grape variety produces fine and often floral eau-de-vie with great elegance.

It has a warm amber colour and you can see the legs clinging to the glass that are indicative of its long barrel ageing.  There is a fruity and pleasant nose, with aromas of light pepper, coconut and walnuts as well as a honey and glazed plum finish. The palate is subtle and balanced. The flavours confirm the characteristics brought forward by the aromas.

ABV = 40.0%.

£56.20

Darroze Grand Assemblage 20 Years Old Armagnac (1x70cl)

Clear, golden amber. The bouquet is aromatic and refined with green pear skin, new leather and rounding spicy olive oil with cleansing whiffs of eucalyptus and cedarwood. The palate shows leathery cinnamon spiced oak with orchard fruit ripeness and honeysuckle floral complexity. Fabulously rich and rounded with balanced oak influence. Floral rose and violet notes emerge in the delicately spiced pear and soft oak finish.

ABV = 43.0%. 

£80.40

Hidalgo Fabuloso Brandy Solera NV (1x70cl)

Established in 1792, Bodegas Hidalgo is one of the oldest Sherry producers in existence, it is widely regarded as the definitive Manzanilla house. Passing down from generation to generation, continuity and quality have always been the most important themes for the company.

Brandy de Jerez, Sherry Brandy, comes exclusively from the Sherry District. The production and ageing of the Sherry Brandy follows the traditional methods of the region.

The brandy is obtained from grape distillate and then aged in butts of American oak which have previously been used in the ageing of Sherry wines. The ageing system used is known as the Solera system,(fractional blending) which consists of a continuous mix of young brandies with older ones resulting in a brandy of consistent quality.

Flavour: Full, rich smooth.

Aroma: Clean, woody aroma with nuances of vanilla and walnuts.

ABV: 36.0%.

£20.00

Jean Fillioux La Pouyade Cognac (1x70cl)

Covering fifty acres of land in the heart of Grande Champagne, Jean Fillioux Cognac is an independent, family run estate that has been producing eaux-de-vie of high quality through four generations. Proud of their traditional methods, the current owner, Pascal J. Fillioux, ensures that not one bottle leaves the estate without being controlled by him from start to finish.

Jean Fillioux La Pouyade Cognac is a super, slightly over-proof cognac (as 42%) that's a wonderful example of a well-balanced and complex Grande Champagne cognac.  This VSOP provides a huge amount of interest on the palate, with its floral notes and those of spring flowers.  A perfect cognac for a party - the lively aromas of fresh fruits seem to explode on the palate.  It's an ideal taste to sip whilst tasting delicate bites of smoked salmon, dried hams, sausage or bluye cheese.

Perhaps it's this complexity of taste that makes this cognac a favorite of those who also love whisky.

£49.00

Jean Fillioux So Elegantissime XO Cognac (1x70cl)

Covering fifty acres of land in the heart of Grande Champagne, Jean Fillioux Cognac is an independent, family run estate that has been producing eaux-de-vie of high quality through four generations. Proud of their traditional methods, the current owner, Pascal J. Fillioux, ensures that not one bottle leaves the estate without being controlled by him from start to finish.

Very floral nose, spring flowers, hawthorn, wild rose, acacia, with some notes of white peach and nectarine. A touch of violet bonbon. Deliciously lively on the palate with some aromas of passion fruit, lemon tart, dried apricot. Long finish with some notes of sweet spices coming through, coriander, cardamom. In one word… Elegantissime!

ABV = 41.0%.

£99.95

Maison Janneau 5 Year Old Grand Armagnac (1x 70cl)

Armagnac is one of three “Appellation contrôlée” French brandies. The other two are Cognac and Calvados. Armagnac is the oldest one, and the most ancient spirit in France and probably in the world. Indeed, traces of distilleries going back to the 14th century were found in the region. Armagnac officially celebrated 700 years of history in 2010. 

The main varieties of grapes used for the distilling wines at Janneau are Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche, Colombard, and Baco. All are white grape varieties. Only unfiltered, natural white wines, obtained through traditional vinification methods without racking-off so that the wines still contain their lees, are used to make 'Armagnac’.

This is a 5 year old Armagnac with a light body and a fruit driven flavour. It is a superb when used as a digestif with notes of apricot and oak on the palate. It is particularly well suited to being included in a cocktail. This 5 Year Old represents a soft style, which is intense and fruity. There are strong aromas of vanilla and plums with a pleasant subtle taste of burned barrels due to the ageing in new Limousin oak casks. It is surprisingly smooth.

£28.50

Hennessy VS Cognac (1x70cl)

The highlight of this cognac is the long-lasting finish – testament to a superior cognac. The balance of natural strength and smoothness creates a harmonious blend on the palate. On the nose, there are soft spices such as vanilla, clove and cinnamon, followed by delicate toasted notes, arising from the maturation in oak barrels.

£40.50

Hine Antique XO Cognac (1x 70cl)

Six generations of the Hine family have succeeded one another at the head of Thomas Hine & Co. The tasting rooms at 16 Quai de l’Orangerie have seen it all, from the Great French Wine Blight to local conflicts, world wars, first bottlings, international incidents, economic booms and slumps, legendary river floods, connoisseur parties and exalted blends. Today, under the watchful eye of sixth-generation member Bernard Hine, a dedicated team of twenty people strive to preserve and act upon 255 years of spirited history.

“To sing, to laugh, to dream,
To walk in my own way and be alone,
Free, with an eye to see things as they are,
A voice that means manhood—to cock my hat
Where I choose—”

Cyrano de Bergerac, his plumed hat and poetic speech are the witnesses to a final, lingering mouthful that never ceases to surprise. In a blend of mature eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne, Antique sets out to be different. A perpetual conversation between the fruit and oak reveals notes of hazelnut, ripe quince and mild spices, appearing amid accents of fig tart and blonde tobacco. Mischievous complexity comes into being, along with sleek vivacity.

Accompanied by mature mimolette or cheddar cheese, a roasted pineapple or a few pieces of orange chocolate, Antique lingers even longer. To be savoured to the soundtrack of a prelude by Glenn Gould.

£125.00

Hine H by Hine VSOP Cognac (1x 70cl)

Six generations of the Hine family have succeeded one another at the head of Thomas Hine & Co. The tasting rooms at 16 Quai de l’Orangerie have seen it all, from the Great French Wine Blight to local conflicts, world wars, first bottlings, international incidents, economic booms and slumps, legendary river floods, connoisseur parties and exalted blends. Today, under the watchful eye of sixth-generation member Bernard Hine, a dedicated team of twenty people strive to preserve and act upon 255 years of spirited history.

H by Hine is whimsical. If it were a young man, it would have the keen eye of Dick Diver in Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night. Adventurous, lively and elegant, it is the ideal sidekick for daring cocktails and a flamboyant soloist when served neat with a dash of cold tonic. Expressive yet discreet, its notes of iris, fresh apricot, acacia and white pepper chime with its sprightly and joyful demeanour. Feels like Coachella in a bottle.

H by Hine is a young cognac with a taste for adventure and originality. Serve frozen in a shot glass with sashimi. Or simply over ice with tonic, cider or ginger ale, garnished with a twist of lime, cucumber or rosemary. Add as a surprising twist to a punch when too many friends show up with very little time, or simply drizzle over a fresh peach salad.

£40.00

Hine Rare Vsop Gift Boxed Non Vintage (1x 70cl)

The year is 1791. A young Englishman sets out from his native Dorset to learn the secrets of how cognac, his father’s favourite tipple, is produced. Thomas Hine is the sixth of twelve children and has just turned sixteen. Fleeing the French Revolution, he was imprisoned at the Château de Jarnac, where he remained sequestered for several months. His marriage to Françoise-Elisabeth, the daughter of his hosts, followed. In 1817, Thomas Hine gave his name to this House, established on the banks of the Charente in 1763. Since this dramatic arrival, six generations of the Hine family have succeeded one another at the head of Thomas Hine & Co.

Since 1962, the House of Hine has held a Royal Warrant by Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II, and remains the only official supplier of cognac to the British monarchy.

As an interesting story, Evelyn from our wine team, learned from Bernard Hine that the shape of this bottle was inspired by the shape of a decanter that his mother and father were given on their wedding day.

Suave yet delicate, Rare is a classic expression of the House of Hine and a benchmark for our entire collection of cognacs. It reinterprets the fruity flavours characteristic of the white wines produced from Charente vines, particularly from the Grande and Petite Champagne varieties.

This is a fine champagne blend of over 25 cognacs. More than half are from grapes grown in the Grand Champagne and the remaining from the Petite Champagne. With delightful perfumed notes of jasmine, acacia, vanilla, oak and fruit, it leaves a delicate well balanced flavour on the palate. Aromas of roasted nectarines, ripe apricots and succulent melon inspire the lingering first sip, soft as brioche.

£49.00
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