Selected from Grande and Petite Champagne crus and aged for a minimum of four years, the H by Hine is drier and a little more delicate than Ferrand’s 1840, with an oak-influenced combination of coconut, spice and cooked-apple flavors that read well in a classic Sidecar. On the other end of the spectrum is Homage, a salute to Englishman Thomas Hine, who started the company back in 1814. It incorporates three “early-landed” Cognacs, barrels of the French brandy aged outside of the region that matured in the UK from 1984, 1986 and 1987. It’s a robust Cognac bursting with flavors of pear tart, with a terrific cinnamon and vanilla tang, a spirit you’ll want to enjoy simply in a glass, worthy of toasting special occasions.
Reviewed in W&S April 2013.