Hine Rare VSOP Cognac

Hine Rare VSOP Cognac

(0.75l, 40%)


7.9/10
Price:
$59.99
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Expect only the most fine from Hine.
 
Thomas Hine has been distilling their delectable works along the banks of the La Charente River since 1763. That’s more than 250 years in the same spot, doing pretty much the same thing, which BTW makes their distillery older than the US. When the folks at Thomas Hine started digging in storage, they found ancient barrels of Cognac from the last millennium
 
Sure enough, Hines is famous for having old vintages on hand… just lying around. Every once in awhile, they issue a special release that sells for the price of a car. But most of the time, they continue to produce a large line of premium, accessible, extra-aged eau-de-vie of the highest quality. Queen Elizabeth herself declared them the “Royal supplies of Cognac.” 
 
Hine VSOP is their flagship. A pleasant step up from their entry-level product, but with all of the tip top awesomeness of their best, without breaking the piggy bank. It’s all Fine Champagne Cognac … 100%! More than half of that is the “Grand Champagne” juice that all the haughty-totty rave about. And even though the French gendarmes insist that anything labelled VSOP be aged for at least four years, Hine leaves it in the barrels a bit longer, because that’s just the way they roll.  
 
If you are a Cognac fan, this could be your daily go-to drink. If you want to discover what Cognac is all about, this is your best bet… solid quality and sophistication, but affordable and approachable at the same time. And if you are looking for a classy gift, then boom, this is it!
 
SmartAss Corner:
As the Highlands of Scotland have the Spey River, so the Cognac Region of France has the La Charente River. It carves a winding, gentle path from the mountain forests of Limousin oak near Limoges, through the heart of the Cognac appellation, before emptying into the sea at Roquefort. 
 
  • Category
  • Style
    VSOP Cognac
  • Region
    Cognac
  • Country
    France
  • Alcohol
    40%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    VSOP

Flavour Spiral™

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caramel
jasmine
nutmeg
dried fruit
smoky
vanilla
barley
oak
dry
What does Hine Rare VSOP Cognac taste like?

The Flavour Spiral™ shows the most common flavours that you'll taste in Hine Rare VSOP Cognac and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

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Rancio is a highly desirable nutty flavour normally found only in extra-aged fortified wines (Port, Sherry, Madeira, Marsala …) and fruit-based spirits: Cognacs, Calvados, and Armagnac. It appears in Cognac after roughly 10 years of ageing in oak casks, becoming more intense over the years.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Bronze.       
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Jasmine, oak, and strong hints of vanilla.
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Fresh cream and toffee, full-bodied and as smooth as it gets.
 
Finish 
Long, smooth, dry, with a hint of nutmeg.
 
Flavor spiral
Caramel, jasmine, nutmeg, dried fruit, vanilla, oak, smoky, ginger ale, barley.

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Ratings & Reviews
David
David,
This is a fantastic buy at this price. It tastes like a much pricier bottle of Cognac.
 
David
David,
This is a fantastic buy at this price.
 
Shelley
Shelley,
I love, love, love this -- am ordering another bottle now!
 
Brian
Brian,
Smooth
 
Mikel
Mikel,
Not bad quality decent flavor, especially for the price.
 
Michael
Michael,
Loved it! Brought it for my father and he poured me a shot and said that's all that I will getting from him. Very smooth so now I have to order a bottle for myself.
 
Anthony
Anthony,
Very enjoyable. Love the aroma of Jasmine and vanilla. Initial sweet burst with a long and dry finish.
 
Scott
Scott,
Fantastic
 
Craig
Craig,
I love it and will be reordering! All the favors were clear and perfect for my palet! Thank you for suggesting this one to me!
 
David
David,
Complete surprise! Never expected the smooth sweet balance of this bottle for its price. It's my new favorite drink and will definitely have to keep a bottle on the shelf.
 
Antti
Antti,
it is an outstanding, delicate, Fine Champagne Cognac with a long, , smooth & dry finish.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Lots of vanilla, caramel, oak, and fruit (dried peaches?). Very creamy with a nice long finish. Very nice.
 
Tom
Tom,
I am still "growing" into Cognac but from what I have to compare to, this stuff is good. The aroma and flavor remind me of a combo of merlot and whisky. I find that a sprinkle of water really brings out the burnt/roasty flavor that I've read cognac is known for.
 
Ian
Ian,
Really smooth and tasty
 
Greg
Greg,
Tangy apple and slightly sweet but a lingering bitterness that leaves the tastebuds a bit edgy.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Awesome drink!!
 
Corey
Corey,
Excellent
 
Mark
Mark,
Really good smooth
 
Peter
Peter,
"I like that" - my wife
 
Peter
Peter,
I was not a fan of cognac until I had this.
 
Jan
Jan,
what a gnac
 
guest
guest,
excellent everyday drinker
 
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