Hermitage Paradis 1885 Grande Champagne Cognac
The much sought after ‘rancio’ in this cognac is incredibly intense and rich. Created by long barrel ageing, in two different barrels, for a total of more than 110 years, the effect is stunning. The richness of this sublime cognac is defined by notes of demerara, madeira, roasted walnuts, liquorice, burnt toffee and a complexity of many rich and defined flavours which are enhanced by its superb balance. At 46% abv its balance surpasses that of any we have tasted from the Premier cru in recent years. This is a masterpiece which will never be repeated.
Aroma: Many of these old and rare cognacs from the 19th century have developed an intensely rich rancio aroma; this does not disappoint. The initial smell of molasses characterises an extremely well-aged rancio, when development of the madeira richness is enhanced even further. Spiced cherry and roasted walnut aromas complete the excitement.
Flavour: If the aroma is remarkable, the flavour is sensational. Many of the aromas are also found in the flavours. The molasses, cherry and roasted walnut are all there but also turmeric and black truffle, medlar, allspice, fig, cocoa and almond. For a cognac at 46% the balance is remarkable and surpasses that of any we have tasted from the Premier cru in recent years.