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Woman Drinks Whole Bottle of Remy XO at Beijing Airport

What would you do if, after spending $200 on a bottle of Remy Martin XO Excellence Cognac, guards at airport security attempted to confiscate it? This is what happened to a woman at Beijing Airport (China), after she was informed that she couldn’t carry the bottle in her hand luggage as it was over the maximum allowance of 100mls. You might think that you’d perhaps give it to a friend, or go back through security and somehow manage to pack it...
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Luxury Hotel Cognac Nightcap Gifts

There’s nothing better than a night or two spent living it up in a luxury hotel. From beautiful surroundings to sumptuous dining, goose down pillows to staff at your beck and call – who doesn’t love being pampered once in a while. And as we all know, the best of hotels often provide a ‘turndown’ service, leaving a little surprise gift on your pillow to enjoy when you return to your room in the small hours. Traditionally, this gift might...
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Looking for Caretaker Couple: Estate in French Cognac Region

Here's an opportunity for a couple to move to the French countryside, in the Charente/Cognac region. Live on an agricultural estate, surrounded by beautiful nature. A family living in the Cognac region is looking for a caretaker couple to live on the property. Skills required Here is what we are looking for (skills needed): - Retired couple (or retired individual), ideally with a separate retirement income - French language skills, basic understanding of French required (advantage if you speak English or German) - Own car & drivers license  - Basic IT knowledge: How to use the internet, email,...
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Is E-Commerce the Future for Cognac in China?

We all know about the slump in Chinese sales thanks to the government austerity measures. This has had a very real effect on cognac exports to the region, and one that the major houses, such as Hennessy and Remy Martin, are still reeling from. But it appears that there might just be a glimmer of hope on the horizon – in the form of e-commerce. As the younger, tech-savvy, generation come of age, purchasing cognac (and other spirits, such as...
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Introducing: Pierre Lecat Cognac

Pierre Lecat Cognac may be a new cognac brand - with the first bottles arriving earlier this year - the history of their cognac, however, dates back some eighty years and is very much a family affair. The family-owned farm in Saint Fraigne has supplied quality eaux-de-vie to some of the major cognac houses since the 1970s. Yet during all these years they have also kept and aged their stock in their own cellars. The concept for their own brand,...
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Everything about VS, VSOP, XO, Napoléon Cognac. Learn about the different quality grades and the blending

When you start discovering Cognac, one of the first things you notice is that each bottle is graded in different ways - and the most common of these are VS, VSOP and XO.  But what does this actually mean?  And what about blending - how does that work? Okay, so let's start at the beginning, and discover exactly what these (sometimes confusing) terms actually mean: VS Cognac: This stands for 'Very Special' or alternatively, ✯✯✯ (three stars) means exactly the same.  Cognacs of...
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