1. Hennessy VS Cognac

    Proof80 (40% 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 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 Europe.

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

    Hennessy Very Special embodies the Tasting Committee’s unique knowledge of cognac. Only the most distinctive eaux-de-vie comprise this cognac, which then matures for several years in oak casks expertly blended to uncover a warm, full-bodied flavor. On the nose, Hennessy VS combines intense and fruity character with pleasantly oaky notes. On the palate, robust flavors of grilled almonds abound, enhanced by vibrant notes of fresh grapes.

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    Fruit-forward on the nose and palate with vibrant notes of grapes. The compelling finish echoes the palate, bursting with fruity elements.
    $46.99
  2. Hine Homage Grand Cru Fine Champagne Cognac

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    "We are one of the smaller houses in Cognac and produce a small percentage of what the major houses do," says Francois Le Grelle, the Managing Director at the House of Hine. "For us it's not about growth, it's about maintaining the highest level of quality."Founded in 1817, the House of Hine has been in the same family for six generations. In 1791, Thomas Hine — the company's founder — left his native England in order to learn the art of making cognac. Today, nearly 225 years later, his great-great-great-great grandson, Bernard Hine, oversees the 297-acre Hine Estate.

    Situated on the banks of the River Charente, the Hine Estate benefits from a south-facing aspect, which maximizes the grapes exposure to sunshine and heat. In addition, the estate is situated entirely in the Grande and Petite Champagne crus of France, where the soils are very chalky, explains Eric Forget, Hine's Cellar Master. "Hine's finesse comes from the terroir,"he says.

    Crafted in honor of Hine's founder, Hine Homage Fine Champagne Cognac is a blend of three vintage Early Landed Grande Champagne cognacs, together with a Hine Cognac matured in Jarnac, France. (Centuries ago, English shipping merchants purchased barrels of freshly distilled cognac from France and transported them to England, where the cognac was allowed to mature. These cognacs were said to have "landed early.")

    The Early Landed Cognacs, which were produced in 1984, 1986 and 1987, were matured in oak casks in the chalk cellars of Bristol, which is situated in southwest England. The cellars steady temperatures (generally between 46° and 53°) and high humidity (rarely below 95%) were responsible for creating a delicate, refined cognac with a fruity nose and a light, floral flavor profile. The Hine Cognac aged in Jarnac, however, was exposed to dry conditions and fluctuating temperatures (as low as 43° in the winter and as high as 72° in the summer) due to the city's inland location in southwest France. As a result, the Hine Cognac aged in Jarnac has rich, complex notes of oak and robust woody spices.

    Much like Thomas Hine himself, Hine Homage is a blend of French tradition and English innovation. Hine Homage has an intensely floral aroma, with notes of citrus and orange peel that open up to hints of mushrooms and oak. The finish is crisp and clean, but ends with a touch of spice.

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    Intensely floral aroma, with notes of citrus and orange peel that open up to hints of mushrooms and oak. Finish is crisp and clean, but ends with a touch of spice.
    $159.99
  3. Courvoisier VSOP Cognac

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Established in Paris, in the French suburb of Bercy in 1809, by Emmanuel Courvoisier and Louis Gallois, the then mayor of Bercy. Courvoisier began as a wine and spirits company. Initially starting out as cognac traders for, the duo eventually became producers of cognac.

    The cognac label gained immense notoriety when Napoleon Bonaparte’s heir Napoleon III personally requested Courvoisier in 1869 personally bestowing the cognac house with the honorable title of "Official Supplier to the Imperial Court" a distinction that is well known to this day, prominently displayed at the Courvoisier museum in Jarnac.

    Centuries later Courvoisier has become a household name. The drink of choice amongst royalty and famous icons. The company, now owned by Beam Suntory, has been making Cognac, and only Cognac for more than 200 years. This VSOP is a subtle balance of oak and exotic flavors bringing together Grande and Petite Champagnes, enhanced by floral fruity Fins Bois.

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    Soft, luscious aroma of ripe peach. Toasted almonds, jasmine, fruity and musk notes, evoking jasmine aroma.
    $41.99
  4. Levon XO Cognac

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Levon cognac was established in Cognac Le Magnifique is made solely from grapes found in the two highest-quality crus (vineyard areas), Petite Champagne and Grande Champagne, located in the heart of the Cognac region.

    In the Petite Champagne and Grande Champagne crus, the soil consists of a thin layer of clay-limestone covering a deeper layer of limestone and chalk. Grande Champagne features rolling hills, while Petite Champagne features rolling hills, while Petite Champagne is more compact. However, the chalky soil found in both crus provides the optimal growing conditions for aromatic, flavorful grapes.

    This compelling blend is a charming blend of hundreds of eaux de vie aged for at least 10 years, hand-selected from the Cognac region’s two finest crus, Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne.

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    $141.99
  5. Rhine Hall Pear Brandy

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Founded in 2013 on Fulton Street in Chicago's industrial neighborhood, Rhine Hall distillery is owned and operated by a father-daughter duo Charlie and Jenny Solberg. Named after Rheinhalle – an ice rink in Austria where Charlie used to play professional hockey – it was during his time that Charlie had his first distilling experience in the fruit-growing region of Austria. After moving to Germany with his family, his passion kept growing as he learnt how to make
    the traditional eau de vie from locals. Eventually, the family moved back to their hometown of Chicago, continuing with distilling in their backyard. Finally, in 2012, Charlie and his daughter Jenny decided to take things to the next level and started a successful brandy business.

    Rhine Hall produces fruit brandies, known in Europe as eau de vie or schnapps. Their core line up has expanded to include nineteen new and aged brandies, grappas, and liqueurs.The process begins with fresh fruit – cherries, apricots, plums, or pears – all sourced locally from the Great Lakes Region. The fruit is then chopped, fermented, distilled and finally bottled. No artificial flavors, sweeteners, or other neutral spirits are added to Rhine hall brandies and there's about 25lbs of fruit in each bottle.

    Rhine Hall Pear Brandy is a single varietal brandy, made from the Bartlett pear – similar to the Williams pear that grows in Germany and Austria. Up to 40,000 lbs of pears per year are sourced from small farms in Michigan, hand sorted and mashed at the distillery. The pears are fermented for 3 weeks in stainless steel tanks and then distilled in column stills, imported from Germany. Finally, this premium pear brandy rests for at least 9 weeks in stainless steel before it's filtered and bottled. Bottled at 80 proof, the flavors of fresh pears, slate, pear blossoms, and white flowers develop harmoniously on the well-balanced palate.

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    The nose immediately delivers aromas of fresh pear, lemon zest, and honeydew melon. The palate is ripe pears, slate, pear blossoms, and white flowers. The finish is refreshing and sophisticated.
    $63.99
  6. Branson Phantom Cognac

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Sire Spirits is owned by award-winning hip-hop megastar, actor, producer, and entrepreneur Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. The company houses 2 cognac brands: Le Chemin Du Roi and Branson. The artisanal spirit builds on the rich tradition, history, and production techniques that are associated with cognac.

    The finest ugni blanc grapes are hand-picked, pressed, and fermented in vats. Afterwards, the wine is distilled using traditional pot stills, capturing the elegant aromas in the resulting eaux-de-vie. Aged in French oak from Alliers, Limousin, and Tronçais, Branson cognac is crafted with young and old eaux-de-vie. Branson has developed a unique complex and elegant house style that is fruity and floral with touches of sweet spice, tobacco, and vanilla. They take pride in allowing time to work its magic on the liquid within the barrels, aging their cognacs longer than is necessary.

    The Branson Phantom Cognac expression is crafted with eaux-de-vie from the Borderies and Fin Bois regions. It's aged in French oak (mainly from Alliers, Limousin, and Tronçais) for at least 2 to 3 years with some components older than 4 years, resulting in a soft finish. With the care and methods used, this 80-proof cognac sips closer to a VSOP with citrus, apple, and tobacco notes and an exquisitely balanced and smooth finish.

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    It's a subtle yet complex cognac of dark golden color with vanilla and fruit aromas on the nose. The palate is oaky with apple and light citrus notes, culminating in a finish that is both elegant and bold.
    $50.99
  7. Godet XO Terre Cognac

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    It was way back in 1588 that a Dutch merchant started his salt & wine business in La Rochelle, a harbor town in Western France. His name was Bonaventure Godet and he is counted among the first to start distilling his wine in order to minimize the cost of transportation, receiving the right to do so from Henry IV of France. La Rochelle is where the Arab distillation techniques were first used with locally-produced wine, so it is considered the birthplace of cognac.

    First known as "Dutch burnt wine" or "brandjwine", it was the innovative Dutch traders and salt merchants such as Godet that were blazing a trail in cognac production. The business kept growing, so in 1782 Gédéon Louis Godet registered the cognac brand. Today, Godet Freres Cognac is a family-owned operation that is still based in the harbor and is run by the 15th generation of Godets with Jean Edouard Godet serving as Master Blender. Godet Cognac is known for its "floral nose, fruity palate, and a well-balanced length" and the uniqueness that aging the spirit by the Atlantic Ocean brings.

    Godet offers a range of expressions ranging from VS to XO with various different collections, such as the Single Cru, Single Grape, and Single Vintage. Godet XO Terre Cognac from their Super Blends series is inspired by the 6 crus, blending rare eaux-de-vie from all territories: Grande Champagne, Bons Bois, Fins Bois, Petite Champagne, Bois Ordinaries, and Borderies. Aged a whopping 30 years, it's a powerful and complex spirit that has won several awards.

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    The golden cognac with glints of mahogany opens with fresh, floral, and fruity aromas, followed by spice, cinnamon, and black pepper. The aromas are mirrored on the palate that culminates in a rich finish with rancio.
    $131.99
  8. Copper & Kings Butchertown American Brandy

    Proof124 (62% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Copper & King American Brandy Company is a spirits producer situated in the northern part of Louisville, KY, adjacent to the Ohio River and a stone's throw away from Indiana, in the picturesque neighborhood of Butchertown. As the name suggests the town used to be home to butchers and brewers, but has since shifted to a haven for artists, artisans, and distillers. Copper & Kings produce a variety of American Brandy, Absinthe and Gin.

    The label has pioneered the American brandy movement, a spirit largely associated with European markets. Their aged grape brandy is matured in a combination of 90% Kentucky bourbon whiskey barrels, and 10% medium-char new American white oak barrels, delivering a paradigm-shifting new world of brandy that is distinctively American. The result is a smooth and aromatic spirit with a bold rebellious character.

    Their own stock of spirit distilled in Butchertown started entering the bottled blends in 2018. Using traditional copper pot-distillation they forge non-traditional craft-distilled, natural, pure pot-still American brandies. Inspired by American whiskey and American music, Copper Kings utilizes a "low & slow" distillation technique, which requires a relatively low distillation temperature, allowing for a longer, slower distillation and maximum copper contact, to impart a fruit intensity and concentration of flavors and aromas onto the spirit.

    The Butchertown Brandy expression is a blend of carefully selected reserve casks. 75% of it was aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels, while the rest was aged in new American oak. It's non-chill filtered and has no artificial coloring and additives. Bottled at 124 proof, it's a uniquely American brandy that flirts openly with bourbon.

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    The nose is reminiscent of bourbon with dark fruit notes and a pleasant sweetness. There's honey and oak on the palate along with more fruity notes. Finishes dry and long with lingering oak notes.
    $66.99
  9. Pierre Huet Tradition 15 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 contribute 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 Tradition 15 Year Old Calvados AOC Pays d’Auge is an assemblage Calvados, meaning that it is blended by the estate's cellar master after being matured for at least 15 years ― some casks considerably longer than that. The resulting 80-proof spirit is complex and smooth with subtle floral, toffee, and honeysuckle notes. It has won a Silver Medal at the Paris Agricultural Competition in 2019.

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    It's a complex spirit with subtle floral and butter toffee aromas on the nose. It's smooth on the palate with fruit, oak, spice, and lingering honeysuckle.
    $123.99
  10. Busnel VSOP Calvados Pays d'Auge

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Ernest Busnel settled in Pont l'Evêque in 1820 with his family. He soon developed a love of the land and the famous apples of the Pays D'Auge region, laying the foundation for Busnel Calvados. Calvados is a famous brandy that is produced from apples, sometimes with the addition of pears. Pays D'Auge is the most celebrated region within Normandy, France, where some of the finest calvados in the world is produced. Ernest's son Georges was known for meticulously scouring the Normandy countryside in search of the best eaux-de-vie, saying "No good apples, no good calvados". Georges passed the torch to his son Pierre and in the early 20th century Busnel's reputation was growing rapidly, expanding distribution, eventually becoming the exclusive supplier of the RMS Queen Mary.

    World War II left the distillery and all its facilities in ruins and a new distillery opened its doors in 1952, rapidly reaching the success it enjoyed before the war. By the end of the 70s, the distillery had relocated to Cormeilles, expanding considerably. Today, Busnel is the oldest of the major calvados producers, building upon generations of expertise. With terroir and tradition at its core, Busnel looks to a future of innovation and modernity.

    Busnel Calvados Pays d'Auge AOC VSOP is a blend of calvados that were aged at least 4 years in oak casks. AOC stands for Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (Controlled Designation of Origin), which deals with both the terroir and production methods. The Calvados is double distilled using a traditional pot still from naturally-fermented cider in 2 stages, the first distillation taking from 7 to 8 hours, the second between 11 and 12 hours.

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    The bright amber spirit has a soft nose with ripe apples and hints of toasted oak. The palate is fruity and round with orchard fruit and hints of cinnamon, culminating in a round and elegant finish with lingering spice.
    $56.99
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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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