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Martell Cognac: A Symphony for the Senses.

Martell Cognac: A Symphony for the Senses.

Cognac, the elegant, balanced, refined, exceptional spirit has been typified in a wrong way. Despite its complexity, it goes well in cocktails and properly balanced food with complementary flavors.

All cognac starts as grapes which eventually become brandy exclusively produced in the region of Cognac, Western France. Aged for least two years in fine-grain oak barrels with an alcohol content of 40%. Jean Martell founded the oldest and most established cognac houses in France in 1715. These premium cognacs, patronized by royals, King George V, Prince Rainer and Grace Kelly contain fine brandies known as eaux-de-vie, "waters of life"developed by a unique distillation method, a trade secret kept closely guarded. Originated from the Borderies, the most exclusive terroir in the region, these elegant wines develop a wonderful aromatic harmony, tinged with candied fruit and sweet spicy notes, a distinct signature style of Martell Cognacs.

Scrumptious bite-sized snacks served by C Lounge.

Last March 1, 2018, we got to experience the elegance of Martell Cognac in an afternoon of tasting and good food. Pierre Boyer, Martell Cognac's Ambassador, discussed the history of Cognac, how the make their Cognac and taste some best known cocktails. 

Pierre Boyer

We got to try Martell VSOP, Martell Cordon Bleu and Martell XO. We were taught how to appreciate each glass by swirling it and smelling the difference of those three cognacs. Pierre also taught us how to sip and maximize the taste in our mouth. It gave us a better understanding of the differences among the three and I discovered I liked Cordon Bleu and XO. The stronger fragrances of these two were bolder and distinct for me plus the taste was fuller in my mouth.  

We were taught how to check the color of the cognac and how it differs from each other.

The following cocktails drinks we were served that afternoon and was given a demonstration on how to do it. Sharing these info in case you want to also create your own at home.

Cognac Cocktail Recipes by Martell®

This cocktail was invented in France, likely at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes (French Riviera). It became an instant hit in London. In 1922, Robert Vermeire from the Embassy Club published the first recipe in Cocktails - How to Mix Them.

45 ml Martell VSOP
20 ml triple sec
15 ml lemon juice
Orange peel

Pour all ingredients into the cocktail shaker. Shake well until the metal gets frosted. Strain into a coupe glass. Twist an orange peel over the drink and discard.

Mint Julep

Curios Julep
A Julep is an ancient medicinal solution that was used in France in the 1600s. In 1784, it became a proper drink in Virginia, mainly consumed by sugar plantations workers. The first recipe of a 'Mint Julep' with brandy appears in 1833 in Transatlantic Sketches, by Captain J.E. Alexander. In 1862, the master Jerry Thomas indicates to use Cognac for the Mint Julep in How to Mix Drinks. The Mint Julep has since then become a favorite summer American drink.


50 ml Martell VSOP
10-12 fresh mint leaves
10 ml sugar syrup
  • Press the mint leaves in a julep cup with a flat end barspoon or a muddler. Add Martell and sugar syrup.
  • Fill with crushed ice. Stir well until the cup is well frosted. Garnish with a mint bouquet.
It was certainly an afternoon of discovery and learning on how the Martell brand grow and created an empire. I love learning about these things and thank you Martell Philippines and the marketing for having us.


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