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A visit to Cognac is always worthwhile but especially so if you also take a tour round one of the cognac manufacturers. There are several in the town and others in the neighbouring area. Otard is in the town and close to the Charente river.

I find it fascinating that there is a fungus that grows on the walls of the caves and takes it sustenance from the vapours of cognac that evaporates from the maturing barrels, known as ‘the angels share’. If there is such a thing as reincarnation then I am volunteering to return to this world as that fungus.

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The shape of the bottles has changed over the years but I think the present one is a bit on the chunky side. I have a bottle of the previous shape, unfortunately no cognac left in it and it is a really beautiful shape. It was described as representing one of the droplets of cognac that form on the inside of the glass.and roll back down into the drink.

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