An iconic name in cognac, Martell has been producing quality bottles since 1715. Using sweet grapes from the Borderies region of Cognac, it has a naturally nutty flavour which stands out against others in its class. Regularly served with sweet ginger, tonic or simply on its own in a classic brandy balloon flavours of wood and spice stand out with lighter notes of citrus, pear and decadent saffron following after.
Martell Cordon Bleu is a distinguished cognac which marries together the flavours of a number of different eaux de vie from the Borderies region. Created in 1912 it is deep golden copper in colour and has strong aromas of orchard fruits, plummy warmth, cinnamon, vetiver and toasted almonds. The flavour is simple and mellow with a long and fruit-filled finish coupled with light spices and a hint of honey.
Encapsulating the spirit of Martell and the deep, refined brilliant of a good XO, Martell XO is a leader in its cognac category. Fresh fruity notes of the eaux de vie of the Borderies work in subtle harmony with the bold, matured flavour of eaux de vie from the Grand Champagne to create the distinct flavour of Martell XO. A hint of gingerbread smoothly leads the rest of the flavours on, with further highlights of walnut, cedar and orange blossom.
An Armagnac from an esteemed family collection, Baron de Sigognac VS is a young yet rich offering which balances a mellow sweetness with energising spice. Aged in French oak Sigognac VS released the strong acidity of apples, evoking the English favourite: Granny Smith and this is followed by mellow yet distinctive peach, moving on to end again on the sharp apple notes. High quality with plenty of bite, Sigognac VS is wonderful with ice.
A Greek brandy which needs no introduction really, but we’ll give you one anyway! Metaxa 5 Stars is the result of a secret recipe developed in 1888 blending together plump Attica grapes and sweet grape spirits. Metaxa 5Stars has a flavour which is more raisin heavy than fruit and it has a light woody taste which works wonderfully with the mellow balance of grapes and spirits. The smoothness of Metaxa 5 Stars ensures it’s wonderful when drunk neat or splashed over ice.
One of the smoothest brandies on the market, Metaxa 7 Stars is an intense and warm fruity drink which offers intense notes of flavour delivered by the sun ripened Muscat grapes of the Aegean islands. Darker than your average brandy Metaxa 7 Stars beings on a refined fruity notes and then leads into a ripe peach and muscat balance which is followed by a semblance of spicy notes including herbal honey, carob and a touch of dried prune. Finishing on a smooth and satisfying note of black raisin, Metaxa 7 Stars is an intensely flavoured brandy you won’t forget in hurry.
Remy Martin VSOP Mature Cask benefits from a precise maturation process which involves placing the eaux de vie in specially selected Limousin oak casks that are more than 20 years old. These casks allow the fruity notes of the blend to be enhanced further and it’s a wonderful cognac which can be enjoyed over ice or as a key flavour in a sophisticated cocktail. Apricot and peach take centre stage with notes of rose and sweet vanilla following after.
An enticing combination of both Petite and Grande Champagne cognacs, Remy Martin XO is a fine and smooth drink which has a unique and unparalleled velvety texture. Its long and lingering flavour is rich on the palate yet it begins on a light note with delicate iris and jasmine fragrances. Once sipped a burst of ripe fig, juicy prunes and a hit of citrus. Refined and rich, your palate will be satisfied for long after you finish your drink.
Aged for five years in Hogshead barrels, Somerset Cider Brandy 5 year old is an autumnal flavour with notes of mellow spice and fruit. It’s a beautifully English flavour which evokes natural wild flowers and ripe harvest fruit. The maturation process allows the flavours to blend beautifully and develop into a soft, subtle balance which is wonderfully smooth and velvety on the palate. Produced with love in the West Country, Somerset Cider Brandy 5 year old is a real British classic.
A Spanish brandy from Spanish Oak, proving once again that brandy definitely wasn't made to gather dust at the back of the drinks cabinet. It's made from Pedro Ximénez grapes, and aged in a solera system in American oak sherry-seasoned barrels. There's absolutely none of that colouring or sweetener business over here, just great tasting brandy. The Pedro Ximénez grapes make for a sweeter than usual flavour profile, and it's more than ideal for mixing.usly held Fino sherry.
Maraska make their Cherrica Cherry Liqueur with the same cherries that inspired their name - the Marasca cherry. Delicious over ice or even as part of a dessert. With Pancake Day coming up (if Pancake Day has already been and gone by the time you read this, start counting down to the next Pancake Day because you should always be looking forward to Pancake Day), a little splash of Cherrica over a generous scoop of vanilla ice-cream would go rather well atop your pancakes.
Seven Tails Brandy
The inception of Seven Tails in unique, Cognac, Armagnac and the finest French brandies aged 3-30 years are aged in oak barrels then finished in port wood casks to achieve a rich depth of flavour encompassing tasting notes of praline, dried fig and toasted vanilla.
Brandy gets its name from the Dutch word brandewijn meaning burned wine and is liquor usually distilled from wine although other fermented fruit juices can be used. The 3 main types of brandy are grape brandy made from fermented grapes, fruit brandies often made using fruits including pear, apricot and blackberry and pomace brandies made from the skins, stems and seeds of grapes that are being distilled for wine. Brandy varies in flavour from slightly dry through to sweet and is enjoyed neat and in various cocktails.