The tradition of consuming cognac with many ice cubes or swirling it in the palm of a warm hand does not bring out the best in the cognac for ultimate enjoyment.
The House of Bisquit Cognac has developed a special serving ritual that demonstrates the best way to enjoy cognac. The most crucial element of the ritual is the temperature at which the cognac is consumed. In order to ensure the perfect temperature, the Cuillère de Richesse (Spoon of Richness) is employed. The design of the spoon includes a small stainless steel plate upon which an ice cube is placed before cognac is poured gently over it. The temperature at which cognac is served is important for two main reasons: “Warming cognac is not appropriate as increasing the temperature of the cognac makes the lighter aromas more volatile they evaporate too quickly, leaving you with an unbalanced glass of cognac. Another consequence of warming cognac is that when the alcohol is warm, it has an aggressive taste when it is served at the correct temperature, the alcohol is less aggressive, smoother and rounder.” Commented Lahouratate.
The Bisquit Cognac Perfect Serve ritual is simple, yet sophisticated:
Step 1: Place the Cuillère de Richesse over the cognac glass.
Step 2: Gently place one ice cube onto the stainless steel plate.
Step 3: Slowly pour a serving of Bisquit V .S.O.P over the ice cube. The Cuillère de Richesse will guide the cognac into the glass through the opening in the spoon.
Step 4: Enjoy y our cognac at the perfect temperature!
When using the Perfect Serve, it reduces the amount of time that the cognac is in contact with the ice cube, quickly reducing the temperature but avoiding the dilution of the cognac.
“We are not dictating how everyone should enjoy their cognac, it is after all a matter of personal taste. However, should you wish to become a true Bisquit Cognac connoisseur, our sty le of cognacs is best suited to our Perfect Serve ritual which brings the cognac to the optimal temperature for maximum enjoyment.” concluded Lahouratate.
The Bisquit Cognac Perfect Serve Kit consists of the Cuillère de Richesse, a bottle of Bisquit V .S.O.P, pair of tongs, four cognac glasses, a pouring spout and a porcelain dish for ice. This kit will not be available for sale to the public but can be enjoyed in selected outlets upon request in the near future. Keep your eyes on the Bisquit Cognac Facebook page for more information.
Bisquit Cognac cocktail recipes:
Bisquit Cognacs are well-known for their specific roundness and supple aromas, thanks to the hand-crafted distillation process. The aim is to create a crisp, delicious cocktail that preserves the Bisquit Cognac aromas and has very few ingredients so as to allow anyone to be able to make it.
In 2008, the BNIC (Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac) worked with a team of the world’s most famous mixologists to develop a signature Cognac cocktail that would revive the Cognac industry. These ‘Shaker Kings” created what is known as the Cognac Summit. This delightfully refreshing cocktail has fantastic aromatic complexity and can compete with the world’s most famous cocktails. It even has its own website!
Bisquit Summit Cocktail
40ml Bisquit V.S
100ml fresh lemonade
1 slice of fresh lime peel
1 slice of fresh ginger
1 long thin slice of cucumber peel
Pour 40ml Bisquit V.S into your chosen glass
Add one slice of fresh ginger and lots of ice
Top up with 100ml lemonade
Stir lightly and garnish by zesting the glass/drink with a lime peel that you rub around the rim of the glass.
Place a lime peel and cucumber sliver in the drink and enjoy!
Bisquit 2B Cocktail
In shaker, pour:
50 ml Bisquit V.S or V.S.O.P
25 ml lemon juice squeezed
20 ml sugar cane syrup
6 crushed Basil leaves
Add ice cubes
Shake and strain into a glass filled with ice cubes
Add 30 ml sparkling water (optional) and garnish with a basil leaf.
Direct in a glass
In a glass filled with ice cubes, pour:
50 ml Bisquit V.S or V.S.O.P
25 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
15 ml sugar cane syrup
30 ml sparkling water (optional)
6 crushed basil leaves
Stir everything with a mixing spoon,
Garnish with a basil leaf.
Bisquit Orchard Cocktail
40ml Bisquit V.S
10ml fresh lemon juice
10ml sugar cane syrup
120ml Appletiser or Moni’s non-alcoholic cider
10ml sparkling water
Mix the Bisquit V.S. with the freshly squeezed lemon juice and the sugar syrup.
Top up with Appletiser/cider and sparkling water then add a wedge of lemon.
If you’d like to try your hand at making your own Cognac cocktails, it is important to note that very acidic ingredients such as pineapple do not pair well with cognac as they destroy the fats within the Cognac.
Other ways to enjoy a Cognac cocktail include:
– V.S that has been placed in the freezer until it is completely chilled is delicious when mixed with litchi, apple, carrot, cucumber or shiitake mushrooms.
– V.S at room temperature can be successfully combined with raspberries, pumpkin, apple, carrot and cucumber.
– V.S.O.P is particularly well-matched with litchis.
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