1. Hennessy Master Blender's Selection No. 3

    Proof86 (43% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Maison Hennessy is one of the most iconic and distinguished cognac houses. The brand, which has become synonymous with cognac, has significantly shaped the course of history of this sophisticated French spirit. The dynastic Hennessy family has been dominating the Cognac industry for two and a half centuries. In 1765, Richard Hennessy, an Irish officer serving in Louis XV’s army, set out to create the world’s finest cognac. The refined and highly popularized elixir became a thriving export business, shipping as far as Ireland, Britain, and all throughout Europe.

    Today, Hennessy is part of LVMH Group, prevailing as one of the most famous innovative, revolutionary cognac companies in the world. The brand is known for cultivating profitable relationships across markets, like its well-known relationship to the Hip-Hop industry. The Hennessy estate/headquarters are based in the famous town of Cognac in Charente, where cognac production reigns supreme.

    This third edition is the very premiere expression of Renaud Fillioux de Gironde, 8th generation Master Blender. Gironde carefully selected each eau-de-vie for its complementary qualities it contributes to the blend’s overall character.

    Crafted to reflect the predilections of Hennessy Master Blender Renaud Fillioux de Gironde, this cognac is unique by virtue of its singularity and hand-curated selection process. Like an intricate freehand portrait, it is an intimate expression of creativity and passion. To evoke the blend, French illustrator Pierre Marie Agin designed an elaborate label that depicts the different steps required to create a Hennessy cognac.

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    Top notes of French oak, followed by praline, sponge cake, and hazelnut.
    $154.99
  2. Hardy Noces de Perle Grand Champagne Cognac

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    In 1863, a London importer named Anthony Hardy settled along the banks of the River Charente in France and founded Maison Hardy, one of the oldest and prestigious cognac houses in the country. Hardy quickly immersed himself in French culture, going so far as to adopt the Gaelic form of his name, Antoine. In 1869, his hard-work and dedication to Cognac were rewarded when Maison Hardy Cognac Fine Champagne was awarded the Diploma of Excellence at the Amsterdam exhibition, one of the most prestigious awards at the time.

    Today, Hardy is the fifth generation of cognac makers. "We have always asserted our own, very particular spirit," says Bénédicte Hardy. "Our cognac style is the exact opposite of robust, and we wanted the colors of the collection to embody the mild character, finesse and daring style that are our hallmarks.”

    Noces de Perle is a blend of ten different Grande Champagnes, containing thirty, fifty, sixty year eaux-de-vie. The Prestige collection is the embodiment of the emotion of times past. This exquisite cognac has distinct raisin notes followed by dried meadow flowers on the finish. There is a certain pleasant gourmet character in the subtly peppery onset that gently develops into hints of vanilla.

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    Raisin notes followed by dried meadow flowers on the finish. There is a certain pleasant gourmet character in the subtly peppery onset that gently develops into hints of vanilla.
    $1,387.99
  3. Bhakta 27-07 Brandy

    Proof90 (45% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Raj Peter Bhakta is many things: an entrepreneur, a political candidate, even a reality show contestant. He founded WhistlePig in 2007, eventually selling it in 2019. Then, he set his sights on a fresh project, embarking on a quest to find something rare and exquisite ― a venture that would shake up the spirits industry. In France, he discovered a cellar, filled with armagnacs that were distilled between 1868 and 1970. He envisioned an ancient brandy, tailored to the tastes of whiskey lovers. Thus, Bhakta 50 was born.

    Released in 2020, Bhakta 50 is a blend of some of the rarest spirits in the world. It's a blend of 8 armagnac vintages, aged between a whopping 50 and 152 years. The blend was finished in Islay Scotch casks, imparting a gentle smokiness to the exquisite spirit. With 38 barrels in total, Bhakta is released barrel by barrel, ensuring each release is a collector's item as well as a unique drinking experience.

    Following the release of Bhakta 50, Raj set upon delivering a more accessible, younger brother to the monumental release. Bhakta 27-07 is a unique blend of AOC calvados (90%) and armagnac (10%) aged between 7 and 27 years, the average age being 18. Just like its older brother, the spirit is finished in Islay whisky casks.

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    The profile features a unique balance of autumnal, floral, and smoky notes with apple, caramel, oak, and hints of peat on the nose. The palate is fruity, oaky, and spicy with dark fruit, cinnamon, and clove. The finish is satisfyingly long with a balance of apple and smoke notes.
    $91.99
  4. Carlos I Imperial Lladro Brandy

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Lladró is a Spanish company that produces high-end lighting, home accessories, jewelry, decorative sculptures and figurines from porcelain. Inspired by the works of the great European manufacturers of Meissen, Sèvres and Capodimonte, three brothers, Juan, José and Vicente Lladró, started making porcelain plates, vases and figurines in their home village of Almàssera in 1953. By the end of the decade, Lladró had opened its first store in Valencia. Over the next two decades, the company established its unique and distinctive style that made it popular among collectors around the globe. It founded a school to train its artists and expanded to new markets in Americas, Asia and Eastern Europe.

    In 1985, Lladró designed a decanted for the Carlos I Imperial brandy, produced by Pedro Domecq, a winery based in the Jerez region in the south of Spain. Pedro Domecq became part of the Pernod Ricard group in 2005, and was later partitioned off and sold to several buyers, with the Osborne group acquiring the winery and the rights to its brandies and sherries, including the Carlos I brand in 2008. The story of Carlos I goes back to 1889, when a cellar master found some very old casks containing brandy in a corner of his cellar. Tasting the brandy, he immediately recognized its potential. Carlos I, named after the 16th century Spanish king also known as Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire, is a line of brandies de Jerez. Brandy de Jerez must be produced in the Jerez area of Andalusia, and aged in 500-liter American oak casks that previously contained sherry, using the Solera system. Solera is a process of aging liquids by fractional blending in such a way that the finished product is a mixture of ages, with the average age gradually increasing. This allows cellar masters to maintain a reliable style and quality over time.

    The porcelain bottle was designed to hold Carlos I Imperial, the extra old expression from the legendary Spanish brand. The decanter, retired in 1991, comes in a wooden box with a porcelain plaque.

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    Aromas of oak, with hints of walnut, fig, and hazelnut on the nose lead to a silky palate. The finish is luxurious and sophisticated.
    $99.99
  5. Pierre Huet Cordon Argent 20 Year Old Calvados AOC Pays d'Auge

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Pierre Huet is one of the oldest Calvados estates in France, having begun production in the 1800s. It is situated in the Pays d'Auge region of Normandy which has its own AOC (Appellation of Origin Control), meaning that the house's Calvados is produced in a certain region and using strict production methods. The house is led by François-Xavier Huet, who has strived to modernize the operation, introducing sustainable practices such as replacing the oil ― used to heat the stills ― with wood chips from the estate. The hot water from the distillation process heats the visitor center. Nevertheless, François-Xavier respects the 2 centuries of tradition that have made Pierre Huet the award-winning Calvados house that it is.

    25 varieties of apples come from the 60 acres of the estate's orchards and include cider apples such as Bedan, Binet rouge, Bisquet, Fréquin rouge, Saint Martin, Rambault, Moulin à vent, and Mettais. The favorable soil with clay and limestone contributes to the taste and aroma of the spirit that is distilled from cider. Calvados is double-distilled using a traditional copper still (alambic á repasse), as per the strict AOC guidelines. The cider ferments for 12 months in century-old oak barrels on the estate, before it is distilled and carefully inspected. It is then returned into ex-Calvados oak barrels to mature.

    Pierre Huet Cordon Argent 20 Year Old Calvados AOC Pays d’Auge is an assemblage Calvados. The cellar master blends it from spirits that have spent 20 years or more in oak casks. Bottled at 80 proof, each bottle is wax-sealed. You can expect subtle and delicate aromas of apple, salted caramel, and a touch of rancio with slowly-developing flavors of nuts, vanilla, dark chocolate, and spice that linger beautifully.

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    Inviting aromas of apple tart, salted butter caramel, and sugared apples greet the nose with a touch of mint and rancio. The palate is nutty with a touch of caramel and vanilla, culminating in a luxuriously complex finish with dark chocolate and clove.
    $171.99
  6. Louis Royer XO Fine Champagne Cognac

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Situated along the banks of the Charente River in the Cognac region of France, Maison Royer is one of the most prestigious producers of cognac in the world. The House was founded in 1853 by Louis Royer, who was originally a beekeeper, like his father and grandfather before him (the symbol of Maison Royer remains a bee). After acquiring a few casks of cognac and letting them mature in the cellar of his home, Royer began bottling and selling the cognac under his own name, primarily to customers in Scandinavia.

    Today, Jérome Royer — a fifth-generation master distiller and the great-great-great grandson of Louis Royer — continues to shepherd his family legacy forward. "My blood is cognac," says Royer.

    Louis Royer XO Fine Champagne Cognac is made from the highest quality Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche and Colombard grapes, which are harvested at their peak of maturity (generally in late August or early September). After the grapes are harvested, they are pressed and fermented into a wine, which is distilled twice through a traditional charentais pot still. Following distillation, the cognac is matured in oak casks that are coopered from wood sourced from the Limousin and Tronçais forests. Limousin and Tronçais wood is loosely grained and porous, allowing it to impart more flavor and tannins to the cognac that comes in contact with it.

    After the cognac has matured for some time (the exact length depends on its aroma and flavor profile as it matures), it is blended by Royer, together with Master Blender Laurent Robin. We are looking "to find a harmonious combination that will bring out the natural perfumes of the cognac," says Royer. After the cognac has been married together, it is placed back into the oak casks, where the blend is allowed to rest until it has reached its peak of perfection.

    Louis Royer XO Fine Champagne Cognac is made from some of the oldest cognac maturing in the cellars of Maison Royer (the oldest stocks in the cellar are stored in an area known as Paradis). The cognac has a deep, nutty aroma, with touches of citrus and oaky tannins. The aroma opens up to notes of honey, milk chocolate and orange zest on the palate, which are followed by hints of layered citrus, dried fruits and coffee. The finish, which is complex and elegant, has notes of vanilla and caramel.

    Louis Royer XO Fine Champagne Cognac earned five stars from F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal, which ranked it as one of the Top 25 Spirits in the World in 2013. "The XO is a banquet of wonderful aromas and flavors that would easily please any sophisticated admirer of luxury spirits," says Pacult. In addition, the cognac earned a score of 96 points at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in 2013.

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    Deep, nutty aroma, with touches of citrus and oaky tannins. Notes of honey, milk chocolate and orange zest on the palate that are followed by hints of layered citrus, dried fruits and coffee. Finish, which is complex and elegant, has notes of vanilla and
    $175.99
  7. D'Aincourt Premier Cru Cognac

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Maison D’Aincourt is located in the heart of Cognac country: the Grande Champagne. They produce some of the finest, most unique Eaux-de-vie in the world. Only the oldest and rarest Eaux-de-vie are carefully selected and subtly united to reveal an incredibly balanced, regal Cognac.

    Maison D’aincourt was founded by Vincent Norguet in 2014, who’s passion for Cognac, led him to the rarest Eaux-de-vie, showcasing all the elegance and power of timeless of French artisan expertise and authenticity.

    D’aincourt Cognac is made entirely from the Grande Champagne cru. Sixth-generation distiller and Master Blender Julien Nau and Vincent Norguet created the signature D’aincourt style, using their sensory finesse to create Cognacs of uncompromising quality.

    The Maison D’Aincourt coat of arms features the imperial grenade that is used to adorn their military uniforms and swords, encapsulating a bold, conquering spirit. This D’Aincourt Cognac Premier Cru is made from the highest quality cognacs, some aged over 70 years.

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    Complex and elegant on the nose with fruity aromas of citrus, melons and pineapple, cigars, pepper and oak. The palate is fruity with notes of prunes and currant, followed by flavors of pepper, cinnamon, leather, cigar and oak. The finish is complex and lingering with smoky, oaky notes.
    $4,200.00
  8. Castarède Réserve de la Famille 20 Year Old Armagnac

    Proof80 Proof (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Situated in southwest France, Maison Castarède was founded during the reign of Napoleon III and is the oldest armagnac trading house in the world. At the time of its founding in 1832, demand for armagnac was soaring as many believed that its consumption had therapeutic effects — doctors often distilled and prescribed the spirit in order to cure digestive and kidney ailments. Today, armed with six generations of family experience, Florence Castarède continues to shepherd her family legacy onward at the distillery founded by her great-great-great-great grandparents.

    Castarède Reserve de la Famille 20 Year Old Armagnac is made from three unique types of grapes: Ugni Blanc, Colombard and Follie Blanche. While "cognac is almost entirely dominated by one grape variety," says Castarède, "there are more than 10 grape varieties permitted to be used in making armagnac. This allows a much broader range of flavors to be found in the final spirit." After the grapes are harvested, they are pressed and fermented into a white wine, before being distilled in a single pass through a traditional alembic still.

    Following distillation, the armagnac is aged for a minimum of twenty years in hand-coopered Monlezun oak casks. Monlezun oak tends to be more tightly grained and richer in tannins as compared to French Limousin oak, and is ideal for a slower maturation process. Once the armagnac has begun aging in the Monlezun oak casks, the casks are stored in Maison Castarède's two cellars. The first cellar, which is situated on the banks of the Baïse River and is over a century old, enjoys a remarkable isothermic environment as a result of its unique location (a portion of the cognac maturing in this cellar is over 125 years old). The second cellar is situated in Mauléon d'Armagnac and is surrounded by Maison Castarède's vineyards.

    After a two decade-long beautyrest, each cask of Castarède Armagnac is brought to proof before being bottled by hand. Castarède Reserve de la Famille 20 Year Old Armagnac has a rich, harmonious aroma of ripe fruits, chewy leather and cinnamon. The aroma gives way to notes of roasted coffee, butterscotch, vanilla and honey on the palate, which are well-balanced by a creamy, vanilla undertone. The finish, which is long and sweet, has a hint of caramel.

    "Armagnac is for us much more than our business," says Castarède. "It is our passion and our heritage that we strive to preserve."Castarède Reserve Armagnac represents the culmination of six generations of family experience. Pick up a bottle today!

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    Rich, harmonious aroma of ripe fruits, chewy leather and cinnamon. Notes of roasted coffee, butterscotch, vanilla and honey on the palate, which are well-balanced by a creamy, vanilla undertone. Finish, which is long and sweet, has a hint of caramel.
    $142.99
  9. Edelster Aventinus Beer Brandy

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    B. United International was established in the summer of 1994. They are widely known for their Schneider-Weisse Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock, one of the world's most distinctive beers. With an impressive portfolio of popular brews, the label began expanding their portfolio to include wine, sake, and spirits.

    B. United produces Schneider Edelster Aventinus, a freshly distilled, beer brandy bottled at 40% ABV. Edelster Aventinus features beautiful banana notes, and strawberry on the nose combined with black peppery hop spice and hints of basil and clove. Its smooth, sticky mouthfeel compliments the fruity malt sweetness (strawberry/pear/banana becoming vanilla) in perfect balance with the acidity and black-pepper bitterness.

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    Freshly baked banana bread on the nose, with overtones of citrus alcohol and a whisper of milk chocolate. On the palate flavors of banana, evolve into cocoa-clove-citrus with just a hint of smoke. The finish is full-bodied, and lingering with mouth coating deep flavors.
    $93.99
  10. Paul Beau Hors d'Age Grande Champagne Cognac

    Proof86 (43% ABV)
    Size750mL
    At the end of the 19th century, Samuel Beau purchased a dilapidated vineyard in the Grande Champagne region of Cognac, France. While the vineyard had suffered from a neglectful owner, Beau recognized that the estate enjoyed rich, chalky soils, rolling hills and generous amounts of sunlight, and would be ideal for the distillation and maturation of cognac. After purchasing the estate, Beau began tending to its soil and improving the quality of the grapes that were cultivated on the estate. Upon his death in 1914, Beau passed the vineyard on to his son, Paul. Under Paul's stewardship, the estate was expanded to just over 100 hectares and many of its buildings were modernized, including the distillery. While much of the cognac produced by Maison Beau was sold to larger cognac houses during the 20th century, the Paul Beau label was created specifically for the purpose of bottling the best cognacs distilled and bottled by the Beau family.

    Paul Beau Hors D'Age Cognac is made exclusively from Ugni Blanc grapes (the grapes are highly acidic and lacking in tannins, making them ideal for the production of cognac). After the Ugni Blanc grapes have been harvested and pressed into a grape must, the must is fermented into a wine and then twice-distilled through a 25-hectolitre, antique copper still. Following distillation, the cognac is matured in Maison Beau's cellars for over 30 years. As a result of its three-decade long beautyrest, Paul Beau Hors D'Age Cognac (hors d'age means "beyond age"in French) has rich, lush notes of dried fruits and vanilla, which are complemented by deep notes of raisins, maple syrup, oak and pepper, and lead to a long, gratifying finish.

    Paul Beau Hors D'Age Cognac is one of the most highly-decorated cognacs ever produced, having earned six Gold Medals at the Concours Général de Paris since 2000 and numerous additional medals at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2010 and 2011. In addition, Maison Paul Beau received the Excellence Prize at the Paris Agriculture Show in 2010 and the Concours Generale Agricole in 2012 for outstanding quality and consistency in production. Finally, the cognac was awarded five stars by F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal and was named one of the 130 Best Spirits in 2010.

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    Full notes of dried fruits and vanilla, which harmonize with notes of raisins, pepper, oak and maple syrup. Long and gratifying finish, with hints of cinnamon and cedar.
    $147.99
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Top 10 Cognac & Brandy

With these bottles, you will be sipping in style. Expand your home bar with these top ten brandies and cognacs for your collection that are sure to become new favorites.

Brandy, in general, is any kind of distilled spirit made from fermented fruit juice made from fruits like apples, cherries, and peaches, and most of all grapes. Thanks to the spirit’s diverse nature, each new bottle of brandy delivers a unique experience.

Discover the French brandy from the eponymous region, the land of l’eau de vie: cognac.

 

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