H by Hine

Spirit Name:
Spirit Type:
H by Hine
Brandy

Score:
79/100

ABV:
40%
Region:
Cognac, France 
Body:
Medium 
Intensity:
Medium-light 
Texture:
Medium 
Balance:
Superb 
Best served:
 
Neat, mixed
Theme(s):
Licorice, anise seed, raisins, dried fig, vanilla, mint, alcohol, steamy young eaux-de-vie 
Summary:
Gentle and calming, the theme of licorice dominates with an earthy twist of anise seed as dried fruits and spicy oak try to moderate the alcohol

Tasting notes:
H by Hine is a cognac with a VSOP designation, which means that it contains eaux-de-vie that are at least 4 years old. In my blind tasting its age was noticeable, with the steaming alcohol agitating the beautiful flavours rising from the liquid. This can certainly pass for a sipping cognac, but certainly I would mainly use it as a mixer. 

Nose: Earthy licorice meets the nose in the form of anise seed with mint, raspberry confectionery and multi-coloured candy squares – it is gentle, vibrant and stunning. 
 
Taste:  On the palate the youthful strike of the immature eux-de-vie is more noticeable, with that steamy alcohol we must come to accept in young brandy. It offers calming chocolate, raisins and creamy vanilla with a herbaceous glow of peppermint (the mint on the nose intensified, as the alcohol and sugars intermingle with it).
 
 
Finish: Creamy with notes of vanilla bean and coffee ice cream layered with raisins develop on the finish, presenting a very interesting finale. 
Dislikes:
Tasted: 
Lacking in complexity and some immature notes develop 
06/09/2013 
Price:
£30 (UK), $60 (Aus)
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