How To Best Drink Cognac | Martell Singapore
All cognac is brandy, but very little brandy is cognac. What exactly is cognac? A classic French spirit, cognac is a type of brandy that is primarily made from a blend of grapes. This includes the Ugni blanc, Folle Blanche, and Colombard varieties. Another interesting factor to note is that cognac, like champagne, must be made in the Cognac region of France.
Stretching back to the 1600s, the oldest operational brand for cognac internationally is Martell. 300 years in the making of significant cognac making, Martell is one of the most renowned brands. Top-quality product, visual branding, and achievement are defining characteristics of what makes Martell the best. From the well-known Martell VSOP to cult favourite Cordon Bleu, JARBARLAR houses Martell cognac in Singapore, available for alcohol delivery in Singapore.
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Factors to consider when drinking cognac
First time drinking cognac? Fret not, we’ve distilled the necessary know-how’s you’ll need to properly enjoy this exquisite spirit.
1. Choice of glass
There are three different types of glasses in which cognac is typically served. We have the tulip glass, balloon glass, and the wobble sniffer. With a considerable amount of time going into the distillation of the spirit, it’s only right that you pay attention to the drinking vessel. While the tulip glass is preferred for maximum aroma and impact on your senses, the other two glass types concentrate the spirit and intensify its flavour.
That’s not to say that you can’t use cocktail glasses for cognac, especially if you’re enjoying its versatility in a ol’ cocktail favourite.
2. Drinking cognac the right way
A versatile spirit, cognac can be drunk straight or paired well as a base for cocktails. Whether you’re enjoying it alone or in a bar with friends, we’ve got you covered.
Choosing your cognac
Graded into different qualities in terms of age, pick the cognac you’re most keen on trying. Generally, these are the three different types. We’ll look at the Martell’s brand of cognacs.
- VSOP: The VSOP stands for Very Special Old Pale. This is a cognac where the youngest has been aged for a minimum of 4 years. We recommend the Martell VSOP Red Barrel for its natural fruit flavours and subtle wood tone.
- VS: Standing for Very Special, this cognac is the youngest quality and has been aged for a minimum of 2 years in the oak casks.
- XO: Referring to Extra Old, this cognac has been aged for a minimum of 10 years. The Martell XO is elegant and testament to the brand of Martell itself.
Although there is no hard and fast rule to enjoying your cognac, it traditionally is served at room temperature, warmed in your hands.
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