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The House of Camus launches an Irish whiskey

Cognac producer Camus has unveiled a project to make an Irish whiskey, using old cognac barrels with ex-bourbon casks blended and aged on an Irish island.

Cognac posts healthy 2016 growth

Cognac exports rose to “record levels” in 2016, with volume and value increases of 6.0 % and 6.8 % respectively, as sales in China stabalised and new growth was found in North America.

Pernod launches non-chill filtered Martel

Pernod Ricard has launched the first Martell non-chill filtered cognac.

Metaxa 12 Stars hires explorer Horn

The House of Metaxa has relaunched its flagship expression, Metaxa 12 Stars, to coincide with the appointment of new brand ambassador, explorer Mike Horn.

Frapin's Max Cointreau dies aged 94

Cognac Frapin has announced Max Cointreau died on Wednesday October 19 in his home town of Gensac la Pallue, near Cognac, at the age of 94.

South Africa’s oldest brandy sells for R40,000

A one-off release of what is claimed to be South Africa’s oldest brandy, a 42-year-old single cask pot still from Distell’s Van Ryn’s brand, was sold at the recent Nederburg Charity Auction for R40,000 (US$3,000, £2,260, €2,600).

La Part Des Anges cognac auction

The 10th La Part Des Anges’ auction will take place on Thursday September 22 in Cognac. For the first time bidders from outside of Cognac allowed to compete for the exclusive lots.

La Part Des Anges cognac auction

The 10th La Part Des Anges’ auction will take place on Thursday September 22 in Cognac. For the first time bidders from outside of Cognac were allowed to compete for the exclusive lots.

Darroze is new Armagnac president

The Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l’Armagnac, the generic body representing Armagnac producers, has announced Marc Darroze as its new president.

Millionaires' Club: The Brandy List

Drinks International's annual league of million-case brands returns. Here is a list of the world's best-selling Cognac and brandy brands in 2015. 

Savoy’s Wojaczek wins Courvoisier cocktail competition

Witek Wojaczek of The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy is the UK winner of Courvoisier’s Toast of Paris International Cocktail Competition.

Armagnac Academies return to New York

The Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l’Armagnac, the official organisation that represents makers of the classic French brandy, has announced a date and venue for its Armagnac Academies educational initiative.

Distillation in Armagnac has started

The generic body representing Armagnac producers, the Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l’Armagnac, has announced that distillation started today (October 8) - this early for the first time in living memory.

National Calvados Week

National Calvados Week in the UK takes place from Sunday October 18 until Saturday October 24.

Gautier Cognac’s UK distribution with Catalyst

Catalyst Brands has signed a distribution agreement with Gautier Cognac to distribute its VS, VSOP and XO Cognacs exclusively throughout the UK.

Beam Suntory to sell Spanish brandies?

Beam Suntory is considering the sale of its brandies in Spain amid declining sales, according to Bloomberg News.

Emperador continues to tower over brandy category

The best selling brandy of 2014 was the Philippines’ Emperador once again, after the brand maintained its 2013 sales haul, according to the Millionaires’ Club 2015.

Asia at turning point says cognac chief

Asia, and specifically China, is heading back to growth following the Chinese government's clamp down nearly two years ago on extravagant entertaining, excessive drinking and gifting.

Emperador to buy Louis Royer cognac?

There are unconfirmed reports that Emperador, the Philippine brandy maker, is to buy Louis Royer, the French cognac brand.

Diane Kruger becomes Martell ambassador

Hollywood actress and self-confessed Francophile Diane Kruger is Martell cognac’s ambassador for the brand’s 300th anniversary this year.

Brands Report 2015: Brandy

We might as well call the brandy category the cognac category. 

Rémy Cointreau's sales slide 5.6%

Rémy Cointreau has reported organic sales value dropped 5.6% and operating profit dropped 14.6% for the six months ended September 30.

Armagnac Academies’ success in China

The first Armagnac Academy in China took place on Thursday October 30 in Beijing at the Crown Plaza hotel in the Wangfujing district.

Faith pours doubt on elderly Cognacs

Cognac expert Nicholas Faith has panned some of Cognac’s most expensive bottles, saying the French spirit rarely improves after 40 years of ageing.

Spirit France buys majority stake in Janneau

Spirit France Group has announced it has acquired a majority stake in Armagnac brand Janneau from the Giovinetti family.

Courvoiser's Asseline goes global

Beam Suntory has promoted Rebecca Asseline from Courvoisier UK brand ambassador to global brand ambassador.

New limited edition Martell

Martell, which claims to be the oldest of the great cognac houses, is celebrating its 300th anniversary with the release of a new limited edition expression, Martell Premier Voyage.

New Rémy Martin cellar master

Baptiste Loiseau, Rémy Martin’s new cellarmaster, was in London yesterday (June 11) as part of the farewell celebrations for the retiring Pierrette Trichet.

New Rémy Martin cellar master

Baptiste Loiseau, Rémy Martin’s new cellarmaster, was in London yesterday (June 11) as part of the farewell celebrations for the retiring Pierrette Trichet.

Travel Retail: Rémy Martin rolls out cellar-specific cognacs

Rémy Martin Cognac is to launch the first two expressions in its Fine Champagne Cognac collection, exclusive to travel retail.

World's 50 Best Bars Brands Report: Brandy

For the latest instalment of the Brands Report, we quizzed the class of 2013 on the brandy brands moving through their bars.

London's Wellesley buys 'world's oldest Cognac'

The Wellesley hotel in London’s Knightsbridge, claims to have bought the world’s oldest Cognac.

Hennessy tops world's best selling cognac ranking

The world’s largest cognac producer is Hennessy, according to Drinks International’s The Millionaires’ Club 2013.

Nicholas Faith spies bright Cognac future despite China dip

Nicholas faith has said Cognac producers “have it made” and needn’t worry about the apparent slowdown of sales in China, the world’s top destination for the French spirit.

Courvoisier celebrates the Here and Now

The Here and Now is the name of Maxxium UK’s new advertising and marketing campaign for Courvoisier Cognac.

CL Financial sells Hine cognac to EDV SAS

CL Financial has sold Hine Cognac to French company EDV SAS, according to reports in France and the UK's just-drinks.

Armagnac Academies launched

The BNIA (Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l’Armagnac) has launched a programme to educate drinks professionals about France’s oldest spirit.

Bisquit opens château for the first time

Bisquit Cognac is opening the doors of its château for the first time to the public to celebrate France’s national heritage weekend (Journées Européennes du Patrimoine).

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The Philippines' Emperador heads top ten brandy list

Emperador brandy from the Philippines was the best selling brandy in the world in 2012, selling over five times that of global Cognac brands Hennessy, Martell, Remy Martin and Courvoisier.