“The year is 1791. A young Englishman sets out from his native Dorset to learn the secrets of how cognac, his father’s favourite tipple, is produced. Thomas Hine is the sixth of twelve children and has just turned sixteen. His sense of timing is questionable though, given how inopportune a moment it is for an Englishman to find himself in France! Fleeing the French Revolution, he is imprisoned at the Château de Jarnac, where he remains sequestered for several months. His marriage to Françoise-Elisabeth, the daughter of his hosts, ensues. In 1817, Thomas Hine gives his name to this House, established on the banks of the Charente in 1763. A single estate 2005 vintage Cognac from Hine, made with grapes taken exclusively from their own vineyards in the Grande Champagne region, showing off the personality of the terroir and the harvest. Just 18 casks were selected for the Bonneuil 2005 – a small but impressive release.”
That’s a nice little piece of history, let’s see how it reflects in the spirit…
43% abv, €75
Nose: A fresh nose, with sweet minty Mentos and a whiff of eucalyptus, accompanied with a citrusy lemon peel freshness and a spicy grated ginger smell. More spices of a touch of cinnamon and candied ginger go hand in hand with fresh roasted hazelnuts
Palate: smooth and creamy from the start, sweet from honey and a floral geraniums like taste, alongside rose petals. Only a hint of spices, predominantly nutmeg and again, candied ginger
Finish: medium long and gentle, sweet – but not too much. A spoonful of honey and (very) ripe bananas linger for just the right length.
Conclusion: Good stuff, this. I have been waking up with headaches the last couple of days since I have been sipping these cognac samples. This might be the one that will wake me up fresh…