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Harvest is over in Cognac: A complicated Year

Harvesting grapes to make Cognac surely can't be rocket science. You simply wait for the grapes to reach their optimum level, then get out there and pick them? Nothing could be further from the truth. Ensuring that hundreds (or thousands) of hectares of vines are harvested at exactly the right time–let alone being able to check all the individual parcels of vineyards–is something that requires an expert eye, in-depth knowledge, and the odd prayer to the weather gods! Harvesting grapes is...
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NEW: Hennessy Master Blender’s Selection No. 2

For the legions of Hennessy fans out there, there’s a real headliner about to hit the shelves. But you’ll have to move fast–because this truly is a case of ‘when it’s gone, it’s gone!’ Sign up for alert as soon as Hennessy Master Blender’s Selection No.2 is available. Hennessy Master Blender’s Selection No.2 Cognac is the very last product to be created by the Cognac giant’s departing master blender Yann Fillioux. And for those who have even the tiniest bit of knowledge about Cognac, this is...
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NEW: Courvoisier Cognac aged in Sherry Cask Finish

As Cognac continues to evolve as a popular spirit across the globe, innovative new products continue to be announced. The latest of these is the Courvoisier Sherry Cask Finish Cognac–the first in what the house promises is to be an evolving new range, entitled, The Master’s Cask Collection. It was unveiled with much pizazz at a media event held in London, England, on the 26 September, 2017. Right on trend It's certainly true to say that ‘cask finishes’ are all the rage...
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What is an EXTRA Cognac? And the “Best Of” 2017

We often get asked about Extra Cognac. So let's have a look at what an Extra Cognac is exactly. First things first: The only official age categories are VS, VSOP, and XO. All others–such as Extra–have become terms that are widely used but not ‘officially’ recognized. But within the industry there’s an unwritten rule as to what they stand for. Find out more about qualities, denominations, and ages of Cognac in our educational articles. Further down, you'll find our selection of the BEST EXTRA...
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Alternative to Hennessy Pure White Cognac: What to buy when HPW is out?

Hennessy Pure White Cognac has become incredibly popular. Why is that? Obviously the taste experience has a lot to do with it. This Cognac has a light, floral nose with fruitiness on the palate–it's a subtle Cognac with delicious aromas. HPW is extra extra smooth, which makes it so delightful do drink. Pure White Hennessy is between a VS and a VSOP age quality, relatively young in age, which is where its floral notes come from. It has become a firm favorite around the world–but...
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