Cognac, Rum

Cognac is named after the town of Cognac in France and is a variety of brandy. It is produced in the wine-growing region surrounding the town from which it takes its name. Ugni Blanc, which is known locally as Saint-Emilion, is the one most commonly used grape to produce Cognac. The region is divided in to six zones, Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Bordeies, Fins Bois, Bon Bois and lastly Bois Ordinaire, not to be confused with Champagne, the premier sparkling wine region in north east France.

Strict guidelines must be followed for a distilled brandy to be legally labelled as a Cognac by the Appellation d’origine contrôlée. Only specific grapes are allowed to be used, of which Ugni Blanc is the most common. The brandy must be distilled twice in copper pot stills and aged for a minimum of 24 months in French oak barrels from Limousis or Tronçais.

Blending is very common in Cognacs, and the age is derived from the age of the youngest grapes used in the blend. Cognacs develop and age in a similar way to Scotch Whiskies, though most Cognacs can age much longer than the legal requirement due to the time spent in the French oak barrels.
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  1. Twin Fin Spiced Golden Rum 700Ml
    Created by Southwestern Distillery near Padstow. Tarquin Leadbetter, the maverick self-taught Master Distiller behind the World’s Best Gin – awarded at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition – has combined his experience with distilling botanicals, his love of experimentation and innovation ... Learn More
  2. St James Rum Agricole Royal Ambre (Amber)
    Excellent combination of raw materials and wood. Round, elegant, original and distinctive. Aromatic complexity typical of cask-aged agricultural rum (floral and fruity notes of white rum, spicy notes, hints of notes of ageing). Smooth initial taste followed by the warmth ... Learn More
  3. Cachaca Germana 2 Years In Oak Cask (Amber Colour)
    Great for a Caipirinha cocktail, just crush limes and sugar over ice and top up the glass with this Brazilian cane spirit. Ideal for those who like a lighter product, a favourite by Brazilian women.Awarded VIP status on many ... Learn More
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  4. Depaz Rhum Agricole Blanc (White) Martinique (Gold Medal 2009) 55%
    Heralding from the paradise isle of Martinique, in the lush French West Indies, Depaz is born from the rhum agricole methods of production and features the exclusive use of luxurious estate-grown fresh cut sugar cane. ... Learn More
  5. Dark Matter Spiced Rum (700Ml)
    It all starts with the highest purity level, refiner's grade molasses, a standard of molasses almost unheard of these days in rum distillation. Following distillation, the all-important spices are added for a week-long infusion. Dark Matter's infusion takes in a ... Learn More
  6. Compagnie Des Indes Spiced Rum 700ml
    Forget everything you thought you knew about Spiced Rum! Far from the segment’s clichés, this is not one of those syrupy rums packed with sugar and colourings but rather an authentic rum, with very little added sugar and ... Learn More
  7. Dos Maderas 5 yrs + 3 yrs 700ml
    ONE SPIRIT, TWO CULTURES Every bottle of Dos Maderas represents an incredible journey, beginning with the Caribbean in Guyana and Barbados, then stopping in Jerez, Spain and ending in your glass. "TWO WOODS" Dos Maderas, meaning "Two Woods," is derived ... Learn More
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  8. Cachaca Germana Heritage (10 Years In Oak Cask)
    Beautiful dark amber cachaca, a Brazilian favourite whcih spends 8 years in French Oak, 2 years in Balsam barrels. ... Learn More
  9. Dudognon Napolean - 15Years
    Goes well with a cigar at room temperature, very fine cognac. Light shiny yellow. ... Learn More
  10. Habitation St Etienne Rhum Agricole V.S.O.P. (Old Dark Agricole Rum) (New French Oak & Bourbon Finish) - 6Years
    It is best appreciated at the end of a meal as a digestif, as one would enjoy a fine cognac, armagnac or single malt whisky. This special VSOP represents the true skill of the rhum-blender's art ... Learn More
  11. Dos Maderas PX 5 yrs + 5 yrs 700ml
    Dos Maderas 5+5 PremRum 700ml: The Three Stage ageing process of Dos Maderas Rum creates an especially unique rum with a bouquet of incomparable flaovour and aroma. The elegant wood and Vanilla notes are backed with characteristic nuances of nuts, figs, ... Learn More
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  12. Dos Maderas Selección 700ml
    Dos Maderas Seleccion Rum is an extraordinary rum triple aged in both the Caribbean and Spain. Dos Maderas, meaning ‘two woods’, is produced by first aging rums from Barbados and Guyana for 10 years in the Caribbean, then blending the Williams & ... Learn More
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  13. St James Rum Agricole (Silver Medal) - 12Years
    Aromatic complexity specific to fresh sugar cane juice - floral notes, fruity notes, slightly peppery and spicy notes. Clean, mellow and warm initial taste. Good perception of typical fruity aromas in the aftertaste. Lovely length. Rhum Saint James spirits are ... Learn More
  14. Tesseron Cognac Lot No. 90 Xo Ovation 'Selection'
    Made from the finest terroirs in Cognac –Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Petite Champagne and Fins Bois – Lot n°90's unique character comes from long ageing in oak barrels, which adds richness and complexity. Aromas of very fresh pear & quince notes ... Learn More
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  15. Paul Giraud 'Vieille Reserve' Grande Champagne Cognac - 25 Years
    Soft, delicate, sweetish nose like stone fruit. Palate shows subtle, honeyed fruit, long length of plums & prunes, showing its twenty five year age. From culture to distillation, Paul Giraud gives priority to ancestral know-how to best serve the expression of ... Learn More
  16. Dudognon Reserve Des Ancetres  - 30 Years
    A full-throttle bouquet as well-defined notes of vanilla, paraffin, and ripe grapes fill the nasal cavity ... Learn More
  17. Dos Maderas Luxus 10 yrs + 5 yrs Carafe 700ml
    Dos Maderas LUXUS, as with "Dos Maderas 5 + 3" and "Dos Maderas PX 5 +5 ", is a noble blend of soft and intense rum from Barbados and Guyana. Dos Maderas LUXUS is matured for 10 years at its place of origin in the Caribbean, before ... Learn More
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  18. Premium Rum Advent Calendar 2021
    You're in for a treat.. Introducing the Rum Advent Calendar from Drinks by the Dram! Behind each of the 24 windows of the Rum Advent Calendar you'll find a different 30ml Rum... prepare yourself for some top-notch expressions from world famous ... Learn More
  19. Paul Giraud 'Tres Rare' Grande Champagne Cognac - 40 Years
    A true reflection of a forty years old Cognac. Old brandy that has remained for many years in oak barrels. Its characteristics are more assertive, with aromas of rancio, cigar box, leather and spicy fragrances. Very complex nose and palate, ... Learn More
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  20. Tesseron Cognac Lot 53 XO 'Perfection'
    This cognac borders on perfection - finesse and complexity. Aromatic and heady that only years of aging in oak casks could give it. It exudes woody notes, dried fruit and tobacco. Very rich and generous. An extremely attractive cognac, opulent, ... Learn More
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  21. Paul Giraud 'Heritage' Grande Champagne Cognac  - 60 Years
    Very old eau-de-vie aged in Limousin oak barrels, with exacerbated aromas of rancio, oxidation, aging characteristics pushed to their peak. Very long on the palate, in the end sweet and tasty. From culture to distillation, Paul Giraud gives priority to ... Learn More
  22. Tesseron Cognac Lot 76 Xo Tradition (1750Ml)
    An exceptional blend of the best reserves of Grande Champagne Cognac, aged to perfection in old wood barrels. Lot 76 immediately establishes its quality at the nose: a profusion of aromas of caramelised peaches, almonds and candied fruits sublimated by a ... Learn More
  23. Cognac Tesseron Lot No. 29 Xo 'Exception'
    A unique blend of legendary Grande Champagne, the cream of our oldest and rarest stocks, lovingly aged for at least three generations. ... Learn More
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