Delamain / Extra Cognac.

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Delamain / Extra Cognac.

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Country/Region: France/Cognac.

ABV: 40%

Unit: 70cl

Comprised solely of Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie

Blend of 35- to 40-year-old Cognacs

Aged in old, 350-liter Limousin oak barrels

Bottled in a decanter bearing a shield forged from an original 1762 plate made by Henry Delamain

Each bottle comes packaged elegantly with two custom tulip glasses.

Extra is in a category of Cognac that is far superior to the basic X.O.

Delamain’s offering is rarer still in that its component eaux-de-vie are sourced exclusively from the Grande Champagne designated growing region. It is bottled in an original decanter whose shield comes from an original plate made in 1762 by Henry Delamain at his delftware factory in Dublin. Each bottle comes packaged elegantly with two custom tulip glasses.

Delamain does not grow grapes, but purchases young eaux-de-vie from trusted grower/distillers who offer their finest spirits for evaluation after each harvest. The selected spirits are aged separately in 350-liter oak barrels called roux rather than new oak, which would lend too much tannin. After 35 to 40 years of aging, the Cognac is blended, then allowed to age 2 years further to marry the flavours and textures of its components. Lastly, prior to bottling, Delamain will use older lower-proof cognac to bring down the alcohol content to consumption level, rather than adding distilled water which would compromise the rich flavour.

TASTING NOTE: Upon opening the bottle, Extra offers an intense and complex fruitiness and an assertive fragrance. Floral and spice aromas give way to herbs, raisins and other dried fruits, vanilla and honey.

FOOD PAIRING: The highest-quality Cognac is usually enjoyed after dinner as a contemplative drink. It should be served at cool room temperature or slightly chilled and allowed to warm in the glass, slowly releasing waves of aroma. Pour about 1 inch of Cognac into a thin tulip-shaped glass. Pause to smell the aromas, then take small sips to appreciate the Cognac’s smooth texture, its expressive layers of flavour and its lengthy finish. Cognac connoisseurs enjoy its aromas long after the glass is empty.