View Full Version : hines vsop cognac, any thoughts?

14-10-2010, 10:04 PM
evening all,
i called in to an off license outside of belfast (in whiteabbey FYO) and was amazed at the variety of drink of offer, stuff i've read about but never saw in shops!!! there was a bottle of hines vsop cognac, 70cl, 30!!! worth getting? they also had a 70cl bottle of hennessey XO for 70 (i think)!!! pol rogers champagne 30 (i think)........ any good?

thanks in advance,


14-10-2010, 10:49 PM
Oh yes ive had hines before, great with a Party SD4 and P2... all these places you visit with spirits, im begining to think you need to see someone to talk about alcohol consumption and harm... ive got an opening at the office at 9.45.. see you then :biggrin1:

El Catador
14-10-2010, 10:50 PM
30 for Pol Roger is a pretty good price for an excellent champagne IMHO.

To me, Cognac is a very personal choice, so (where possible) I always try to sample a snifter before investing in a bottle.

I like the XO - but I would also suggest the Fontpinot XO Grande Champagne if they stock it.
Cheaper in price, though not necessarily in quality.

Ahh, cigars and Cognac - you've got me started now. . roll on Saturday.

14-10-2010, 11:01 PM
cheers for the heads up guys!!!

hey steve, your recommendation with the partagas d4 & p2 has sold me!!!:smile: as for the 'alcohol consumption and harm'...... lol!!! thanks for the concern, i may not be able to make that appointment because of the several hundred miles between us......

el cat, i've taken note of that one you recommended, i'll see if they have it next time i'm in!!!! cheers!!!


15-10-2010, 08:36 AM
30 for Pol Roger is a pretty good price for an excellent champagne IMHO.Agreed on both points (especially the latter). :thumb:

Can't say I know anything about Cognac though (apart from that ideally I need some for my drinks cabinet...)

15-10-2010, 08:54 AM
I also just happened into a local store yesterday and not surprisingly this little bauble caught my eye.

I gather the bottle is crystal and the clasp around the neck is gold. My vague recollection of the price was around 1,500 but it's a bit of a blur!!!


15-10-2010, 11:33 AM
Hey Alex, were abouts in Whiteabbey was it, that's were I grew up, have been on the look out for Pol Roger, want to get a wee collection of quality bubbly started.

Cheers mate.

15-10-2010, 03:13 PM
hey gary,
it was the lighthouse off license (attached to the pub with same name), just down from the bureau!!! they had a desktop humidor selling tubed monte's, ryj's, h upmann's & bolivars!!! they had an amazing selction of stuff..... another one i've remembered, havana club 7 year old 20!!!

as for the champers, they had laurent & perrier, veuve cliqot, bollinger, dom perignon, moet, pol rogers, cristal....... really, you're spoiled for choice!!!!!

let me know how you get on!!!! i'll probably head out tomorrow for that hines or pol rogers......

all the best,


15-10-2010, 06:18 PM
Cheers Alex, I'll definately be checking this place out.

20-10-2010, 07:46 PM
well folks,
after a bit of a mad (making up for not seeing my son in 2 weeks), bad (having to deal with his mother) day....... i had one of those 'f**k it, let's splash out' moments!!!! bottle of hine's 'rare vsop champagne cognac'!!!! holy cow, i'm so glad that i bought it!!!! i'm used to cognac as my 'go to' drink, i always have a bottle of vsop at hand (remy, hennessy, martell)!!! this stuff is, simply put, the nicest i have ever tasted!!!! even nicer that it was 32, cheaper than my usual brands!!!!

steve (eggop), you are so right!!! i had it with a partagas P2, and they matched up PERFECTLY!!! let me reiterate, F**KING PERFECTLY!!!! absolute indulgence, pure f**king bliss!!! cheers for the advice (put it this way, if you lived here in belfast, you would've been getting an invite round this evening just to prove you were right)!!!!

el cat, i agree that cognac is all about personal taste....... however, i'm so glad i listened to steve and trusted my instinct!!!!
partagas+hine cognac=heaven

i wonder how it fairs with bolivar? that's the next episode.......

all the best,


ps: hey gary, the pol roger's champagne is 34 a bottle!!! i'm starting my own wee collection of bubbly for xmas, may pick a bottle up this week!!!!