Ancestral Grande Champagne Cognac, Delamain
Delamain is the oldest family in Cognac, dating back to 1759 and the house is still run by direct descendants of James Delamain. Specialising in old cognacs only from the revered Grande Champagne region, Delamain use very old casks, purely for oxygen exchange and texture rather than to impart tannin and flavour. The result is a range of cognacs that are delicate, floral and fine with elegant fruit notes.
The Ancestrale, as the name suggests, is a blend of exceptionally old cognacs, some of at least 60 years old. It took two generations to age it and you’ll need to savour a glass over half an hour or so to get the most out of it. Dark brown with orange tints, this incredibly complex cognac offers flavours of caramel, fudge, sweet spice and dried fruits with a length that goes on forever. Divine!
RRP £495 from BBR.
Sérénité by Bache-Gabrielsen
Remember the name Bache-Gabrielsen because it won’t be long before the prices of their outstanding cognacs go right up as more people get them on their radar. A family business since 1905, this Norwegian family house is not one of the ‘big names’, but it’s certainly one to know and has quite the cult following, especially in Norway where the family was originally from.
Their Sérénité cognac is a showstopper. Made with a blend of well-matured, fifty-year-old Eaux-de-vie from Grande Champagne and some younger spirits, its velvety texture will embrace you like a cashmere blanket, with an exceptional perfume of blossom and citrus and flavours of mocha and fudge. Utterly charming, delicious and an absolute steal at the price.
RRP £129 from The Whisky Exchange.
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