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Mandarine Napoleon XO Gold: $2,200 Cognac liqueur

By Sophie A 125-year-old anniversary (or, to give it its proper name, a quasquicentennial) is worth celebrating. If you ask us though, the latest limited edition offering by Mandarine Napoleon would probably not have been our first choice to celebrate... Sadly, the producer doesn't have professional product shots of the bottle or the box. They were very friendly when we asked them to send us images, this is the only one they had, which is a little bit surprising for a brand that...
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The sought-after Borderies Cognac Growth Area

The saying, ‘small is beautiful’ certainly rings true when it comes to describing the terroir of Cognac known as Borderies. Covering only 4,000 hectares, the region is located on a plateau comprising clay and flint stones that have resulted from the decomposition of the limestone found in the area. Thanks to the plateau, the exposure of the grapes to the sun is excellent, and the chalky soil allows the roots to go extremely deep and soak up all the goodness...
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The Best Cognacs of 2017

It’s award time again. The renowned International Wine & Spirits Competition (ISWC) held in London has announced the winners for 2017's Best Cognacs. The medals are awarded in three categories for Cognac–Bronze, Silver, and Gold–with the added bonus ‘Outstanding’ in each medal range. It’s exciting to see more and more Cognac brands realizing the importance of entering their creations into such competitions. After all, being judged against your fellow Cognac houses in similar categories must be nerve wracking and elating at once when...
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Introducing Delamain Cognac: A history dating back to 1759

If you’ve not yet familiar with Delamain Cognac, then we have to say, you’re in for a treat.  With a history that can be traced back to the 1600s, Delamain could, quite legitimately, be considered Cognac royalty. Find all Delamain Cognacs in our online shop. This is a house that prides itself in producing Cognacs that are somewhat out of the ordinary. Even their regular range of Cognacs is pretty special, with the lowest quality being an XO. But where...
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Monteru Ippon Brandy: A luxurious novelty “a la Japanese”

We’re always interested in hearing about new Cognac products. But occasionally–just occasionally–a product that is not a Cognac sparks our interest. And the latest product by Monteru Brandy is one of those. The reason it has caught our attention is that it’s a brandy made in the Cognac region, and there are many parallels in the method in which it’s made to the way in which Cognac is produced. Max saw the product live at Vinexpo 2017. Monteru Brandy Ippon has been...
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