Cognac, Tonic

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. Strangelove No. 8 180Ml
    Bold and beautiful, this premium, Australian tonic water uses raw, unrefined cinchona bark to create an earthy, rich bitterness that simply can’t be found elsewhere. Emboldened by bold strokes of orange peel and fragrant rosemary, we finished this masterpiece ... Learn More
  2. Fever Tree Medeterranean Tonic Water 500Ml
    The rocky hillside farms of the Provence region of southern France benefit from the warm air flowing inland from the Mediterranean Sea, creating perfect growing conditions for hardy aromatic shrubs like lemon thyme. The well-drained soil and long, sun-filled days ... Learn More
  3. Strangelove Dirty Tonic 180Ml
    Bold and beautiful, this premium, Australian tonic water uses raw, unrefined cinchona bark to create an earthy, rich bitterness that simply can’t be found elsewhere. Emboldened by bold strokes of orange peel and fragrant rosemary, we finished this masterpiece ... Learn More
  4. Strangelove Light Tonic 180Ml
    A full-flavoured tonic, just not as sweet as a regular example. A flexible, light and dry way to showcase any good gin. 'Light' doesn't refer to the bitterness, just the level of sugar which weighs in at just 2.9 g/100ml. ... Learn More
  5. Strangelove Light Tonic (24 Bottle Case)
    A full-flavoured tonic, just not as sweet as a regular example. A flexible, light and dry way to showcase any good gin. 'Light' doesn't refer to the bitterness, just the level of sugar which weighs in at just 2.9 g/100ml. ... Learn More
  6. Strangelove Dirty Tonic (24 Bottle Case)
    Sourced from a sustainable farm in the Guatemalan rainforest. Bold and beautiful, this locally made tonic uses raw cinchona bark. Has an earthy, rich bitterness that no other bottled tonic can claim. Emboldened by orange peel and fragrant rosemary, and ... Learn More
  7. Moonshiner Distillery Tasting Package (1x500ml + 3x 100ml Tasters + Tonic Included!)

    Discover the Newtown local, small-batch Moonshiner Distillery as the distiller himself, Andy Leonard, guides us through four fantastic Gins! Moonshiner Gins are entirely vegan, utilising local botanicals where possible, Moonshiner Distillery strives to produce the freshest and most exotic ... Learn More

  8. Dudognon Napolean - 15Years
    Goes well with a cigar at room temperature, very fine cognac. Light shiny yellow. ... Learn More
  9. ONLINE TASTING PACK - TARQUIN'S GIN TASTING THURSDAY 4TH MARCH 6:30PM AEDT

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    Let's talk Gin! We've sourced some unique gin all the way from the Cornish coast; Tarquin's is a traditionalist distillery as they only use copper pot stills and do every ... Learn More

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  10. 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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  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Online Tasting Pack - Moonshiner Distillery Exploration (500ML) Thursday 14th Oct 6:30pm AEDT

    Discover the Newtown local, small-batch Moonshiner Distillery as the distiller himself, Andy Leonard, guides us through four fantastic Gins! Moonshiner Gins are entirely vegan, utilising local botanicals where possible, Moonshiner Distillery strives to produce the freshest and most exotic ... Learn More

  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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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