This is an important product of the cognac house Hine. The blend includes more than 25 different spirits from the Grande and Petite Champagne region. The cognac comes in a 70 cl bottle, at 40% ABV. Hine Rare VSOP is a middle-aged cognac is called Fine Champagne because of the blending of the two best crus. The youngest cognac is 6 years old, means that it was matured in oak barrels for at least 6 years. Hines VSOP was awarded with Gold awards in 2003 and 2007.
Being relatively new to the world of Cognac, I've found this product to be the best I've had to this point.
It is enjoyed in the evening during our cold Wisconsin fall, winter, and spring months. Drank "clean", with maybe a side dish of Spanish Olives, the only thing missing would be a good Cuban cigar. I've tried some of the more popular name brands (similar price) and have found them to be on the "harsh" side and found myself having to add some water to smooth out harshness. Can't even imagine what a $$$$ of Cognac would be like, but would be up to the task to try some!!
About Hine Cognac
Located in the heart of the Grande Champagne, the premium wine growing area of the Cognac region, the house of Hine has been producing some of the most exquisite Cognacs for six generations, when it was better known as T Hine & Co Cognac. The estate boasts an exceptional 173 acres of vineyards, and the house has a very special tradition of producing relatively small quantities - but with a very high standard in quality. One of their trademarks is to store their vintage casks in damp cellars in Bristol, England. This way, the Thomas Hine Cognac goes through a uniquely different ageing process due to the humidity of the seaside town, which differs somewhat to that of the southwestern coast of France. These highly priced vintage bottles are called “Hine Early-Landed Vintage Cognac”.
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