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Spirits - Cognac
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Cognac, Armagnac and Brandy are three popular names of a number of spirits produced by distilling wine. Brandy is an all-encompassing name that includes Cognac, Armagnac, as is Eaux de Vie and some brandies are produced by distilling fruit rather than grapes.
Brandy (brandy wine) is made from early cropping bitter in taste grapes in order to achieve a higher concentration of acidity, which helps both in the distillation process and brings out the desired brandy style of spirit prior to the finishing and aging process.
The most acclaimed brandies are of course Cognac and Armagnac, although today Italy, Spain, South Africa and a number of other counties around the world do produce some exceptional wine based brandies. On the other side of the coin, France and a few other countries do produce in large quantities wine based Brandies of a basic nature which do fill an important position in the market place.
At Alexander Wine Merchants, Southampton, Hampshire, UK we do focus on cognac and fine brandies from Europe ranging from good quality VS to exceptional marques and old vintages of cognac. A superb cognac being Leopold 10 Carats as is Cognac Gautret XO
We are also very proud of our selection of Spanish brandies namely from the Spanish regions of Brandy de Jerez and Brandy del Penedes. We can certainly recommended Sandeman Imperial Spanish Brandy and Carlos 1 Imperial XO 15 Year Old Gran Reserva Spanish Brandy.
A good quality cognac or brandy should be drunk neat, preferably in a brandy style glass or some in Spain prefer a sherry type copita glass. Make sure the brandy is at room temperature and one’s glass should ideally be warm. Pour one or two measures, swirl and bring to the nose to smell several times, then sip very slowly and savour in the mouth for as long as possible before swallowing. Practice and Brandy will be your friend for life.
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A E Dor VS Selection Cognac 20cl has a nose of toffee, sultanas and stewed sweet apples. The fruit continues to the palate, with the addition of flavours of muscat grapes and warm oaky spice. The finish is fruity and lingering, with toffee fading to reveal orchard fruit and cinnamon spice.
A E Dor VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac 20cl has a rich and sweet gentle nose, full of grapes and raisins, with a background of charred oak. There are lots of fruit and spice on the palate to start with, which is enhanced by soft nutmeg and cinnamon. Caramel sweetness sits underneath providing a backbone. The finish is full of lingering sweetened black tea with soft hints of fresh and dried vine fruit.
Delamain Pale & Dry XO Grande Champange Cognac 200ml has a complex bouquet with powerful and intense floral aromas, along with notes of vanilla. Its mellow and round on the palate evolving into full-bodied fruit flavours with hints of liquorice. An excellent partner to chocolate desserts or serve on its own as a digestif.
A E Dor Fine Napoleon Cognac 20cl is a blend of three classic cognacs and is aged for eighteen years. The nose is full of dark brown sugar, raisins and sweet toffee. The palate is rich and intensely sweet, with flavours of golden syrup and caramel. The fruity finish is long and lingering with sweet warm soft spice, including nutmeg,allspice and cinnamon.
Francois Voyer Grande Champagne VS Cognac has a golden amber colour and a nose with strong flavours of freshly picked peaches and plums. The palate again picks-up these fresh notes and also hints of vanilla and nutmeg. The lingering finish gives way to warm spice.
A E Dor VS Selection Cognac has a nose of toffee, sultanas and stewed sweet apples. The fruit continues to the palate, with the addition of flavours of muscat grapes and warm oaky spice. The finish is fruity and lingering, with toffee fading to reveal orchard fruit and cinnamon spice.
Leopold Gourmel Premieres Saveurs 6 Carats Cognac has been aged on its fine lees to increase intensity and complexity, and is then matured in fine-grain Allier oak casks. The cognac is pale gold in colour and has a fresh, subtle aroma of white peaches and pear. On the palate there are notes of dried fruit, vanilla and a little warm spice. The finish picks-up the fruit again, plus small waves of oak.
Hine Rare VSOP Cognac is a golden-amber in colour cognac of fine quality which has been aged for an average of eight years. The nose hasa pleasant aroms of wild flowers and warm spice. It is full in in flavour, but very smooth and gentle on the tongue, also coming forward are dried fruits including mango, toffee and hints of ginger. In the long finish oak is picked-up as well as molasses and again hints of dried mango.
A E Dor VSOP Fine Champagn Cognac has a rich and sweet gentle nose, full of grapes and raisins, with a background of charred oak. There are lots of fruit and spice on the palate to start with, which is enhanced by soft nutmeg and cinnamon. Caramel sweetness sits underneath providing a backbone. The finish is full of lingering sweetened black tea with soft hints of fresh and dried vine fruit.