London hotel Dukes has opened its new Cognac & Cigar garden last week.

The Dukes Hotel is situated in a tiny courtyard right at St James’s Place. It’s the hotel where Ian Fleming used to stay, I wonder if he got inspired here for James Bond’s drinks…

The garden offers a full range of cognac, such as brands like Martell and of course Cuban cigars by Hunters & Frankau. The outdoor bar also serves Cognacs like 1811 Napoleon Grande Fine Champagne Imperiale. By the way, they also serve Armagnac.

Dukes Hotel

Of course Dukes has cocktails to offer, the ‘Ruby Windsor’ was created for the new outdoor area: It’s a mix of Champagne, angostura bitters, Martell XO Cognac and a brown sugar cube.

But don’t come with your bus full of mates because the garden accomodates a max of 20 drinkers and smokers. The idea of creating a lounge apparently came from one of the guests, to socialize, smoke and relax.

The garden

The garden is opened all year, heated in winter: from 8pm on, barman is called Alessandro.

A snifter of Martell Cordon Bleu costs £ 12
The Ruby Windsor is at £16.50
Cigars range from £16 to £36: Hoya, Bolivar, Montecristo, Romeo & Juliet, Cohiba Siglo V1

Here the full Cognac menu

Martell Cordon Bleu £12
Remy Martin VSOP £12
Hennessy VSOP £12
Brillet XO 1er Cru £16
Delamain 1973 £24
Menuet 50 years £84.50
Hermitage 1945 £149
Croizet 1914 £149
P. Desbordes & Co 1902 £180
Georges Roullet 1900  £185
Borderies 1865 £190
Richard Hennessy 50 years £220
Dupont 1890 £220
Bignon 1800  £340
Impériale 1811 £375

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Max is a spirits expert and speaker, into marketing, technology, startups, and business development. He’s also a farmer. He likes tools and machines, Game of Thrones, and Better Call Saul. Included in his Top 10 Cognacs are the Audry XO and Bache Gabrielsen 1973.Max founded Cognac Expert in 2010 at his family’s estate in Poullignac, in the Cognac region, France. Started as a blog, today Cognac Expert is the world’s largest website about all things Cognac, a blog, and a specialized online shop featuring 800+ different Cognac bottles.

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