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Cognac

Courvoisier's L'Esprit de Josephine is part

of a series of rare Cognacs launched by

the house late last year. It's a blend

of aged Cognacs from the 19th and

early 20th centuries, inspired by

the French empress Joséphine de

Beauharnais, the   rst wife of Napoleon

I. Apparently she loved her garden

and collected roses, and the Cognac

has distinct „ oral notes to re„ ect

this. You're going to need a

sturdy drinks cabinet though,

because it comes in a

Lalique decanter.

Tasting notes:

Complex aromas of

old port, cinnamon

and almond, with

„ oral notes.

£9,325, Harrods

A blend of rare eaux-de-vie, Richard

Hennessy is aged for at least 40 years

and is named after the founder of

the Cognac house, which was

established some 250 years ago.

It comes in numbered carafes,

made from hand-blown crystal.

Tasting notes: Flowers and mixed

spices on the nose give way to

further spices. Leather, nuts and

candied fruits add to a long   nish.

£2,895, Harrods

Rum

Spirits age much faster

in the Caribbean than they do

in Scotland because of the

warmer climate. The spirit that

evaporates from the casks is

known as 'the angel's share'

and there must be plenty

of happy angels at the

Appleton Estate distillery

because it has released

Appleton Estate 50 Year Old

Jamaica Independence Reserve

rum. As you can imagine, stocks are limited,

with only 800 bottles in circulation.

Tasting notes: The rich mahogany liquid has

a nose of oak-infused vanilla, orange peel and

spice and a long, smooth   nish.

£3,500, The Whisky Exchange

Tequila

For a touch of Bordeaux

class in your Tequila

glass, try Gran Patrón

Burdeos Anejo

Tequila. The 100%

Blue Weber agave

There's a world of 'luxury' spirits

out there, but a discerning

drinker's home drinks cabinet

should contain bottles of both

style and substance

WORDS LUCY BRITNER

LIQUID

GOLDThere is no excuse for ordinary drinking when you've got the cash

for some of the   nest - and rarest - spirits on the planet. But what

do you get for the price tag and can you really justify spending

more than £400 on a bottle of Tequila? Drinking at this level

shouldn't be about fancy packaging or celebrity endorsements; it's

about investing in the best-quality liquid money can buy. There are

whiskies out there from distilleries that no longer exist and Cognacs

made with eaux-de-vie from the 19th century. Here's our guide to

how to put together the ultimate money-no-object drinks cabinet.

spice and a long, smooth   nish.

£3,500, The Whisky Exchange

For a touch of Bordeaux

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