How to enjoy cognac?
• How to enjoy cognac?
Nowhere in the world do not have a snack cognac lemon, this ridiculous tradition exists only in Russia. Recently, my attitude changed brandy. I decided to share some rules that you, too, cmogli feel the aroma and taste of the drink. Do not get the effect of intoxication, and enjoy the very process of drinking cognac.
It will help me in this matter the owner of the brand Pierre Ferrand, Alexander Gabriel, whom I met in the heart of the so-called "golden triangle" Grande Champagne. "Golden Triangle," the French call Anzhak small town, in which, under the tender rays of the sun ripens beautiful varietal grapes. This famous place is the home of the best brandies of France.
Luxury vineyards with roses and Pierre Ferrand head office is located in a beautiful old estate Château de Bonbonnet at Ars XVIII century, just 10 kilometers from the legendary town of Cognac.
There are extremely rare cognac with great exposure period. Neither of which mass production and speech can not go, all cognacs brand Pierre Ferrand - are products presented in strictly limited quantities for true gourmets.
A faithful dog guarding the vineyards! Today, the vineyards of the variety grown mainly Ugni Blanc with a distinct freshness and acid, as well as some Colombard, which provides fault telnost and fruity fragrance
So - how to drink cognac? The first show "how not to drink." Despite the Russian tradition to pour a pint of brandy in small glasses of vodka, I think everyone is quite obvious that such a method - is incorrect.
Before use, you must first cognac like respect for himself a drink. Your clothes and the environment should be appropriate. The French believe that disrespectful to cognac to use it in a home clothes or in the kitchen, so you never appreciate the true taste of this noble drink! Can you imagine?
Few people know that the shape of the glass affects the aroma and taste of the cognac. In the homeland of brandy prefer traditional tulip glass ball-shaped glass of cognac. Due tyulpanovidnomu glass (pictured), faceted cognac aromas accumulate at the top of the glass.
Next poured 30-40 milliliters of beverage in glass and touched his finger to the outer wall. So determine the quality of cognac. If, on the other side of your glass of fingerprints, which means that now you taste really high-quality drink. Cognac usually drunk in pure form after feast. As a rule, before the Serving coffee or tea. It is impossible to feel the taste and bouquet of brandy, if you drink it while eating!
Some of the lovers of the glass slowly rotated around its own axis. In this case, on the walls of the glass appear drink marks (referred to as "legs"), these traces have to pay special attention. If the "feet" are visible within 5 seconds, it means that before you cognac delayed 5-8 years, if 15 seconds - about 20 years old drink.
The fragrance is about 75% of what we try to taste. Simply put, the more fragrant brandy, the better it tastes. There are three "waves" of cognac smells. The first wave can be felt at a distance of about 5 centimeters from the edges of the glass, and is dominated by light vanilla tones. The second wave of smell begins directly at the edges, felt fruit and floral aromas. The high quality drinks you will feel the aroma of lime, violet, rose or apricot. In the third wave includes extracts odors, are complex tones, they are somewhat similar to the smell of port.
Cognac matured in barrels for about 4 to 100 years. During the years of the playful young wine, he turned into a drink with a complex character, its history and maturity of the senses. During maturation cognac aroma elements are created and released, interacting with each other and with the surrounding wood of oak. These aromas become more concentrated over the years, and noble, remain in cognac in dissolved form as long as they are not in contact with air. Once you have poured the brandy, let it "breathe" for a minute, to its aroma and taste fully manifested.
Cognac to drink in small sips. At the same time must feel good effect "peacock tail" - the drink is distributed in the mouth, leaving a pleasant aftertaste. You can also warm a glass of brandy in his hand. cognac temperature should be above the room, that's when you will experience the true taste and aroma. This cognac is in any case does not like the cold, so keep it standing somewhere in the "warm" place, for example, in a bar, or a cabinet
In no event should not be a snack cognac lemon! Nowhere in the world do not have a snack cognac lemon. The fact that a strong, sharp taste of citrus completely kills the delicate aroma of cognac, mutes the taste, aftertaste ... In general, all that for which drink cognac, sacrificed the dubious pleasure to eat a slice of lemon. This "barbaric", according to the majority of Europeans, the process of cognac consumption so still and called: "a la Nicholas". This tradition was introduced by Tsar Nicholas II. Only vodka or tequila is usually jammed a lemon as he perebyvali fusel odor of alcohol and taste, which is in these alcoholic beverages.
In the storage Pierre Ferrand Cognac cat found in the color of the barrels. But more often there live spiders, t. To. They eat worms, encroaching on wood barrels!
The estate Pierre Ferrand I set a personal record, cognac tasting in 1840!
This bottle 173 years!
Pierre Ferrand is the holder of many international awards
In the evening, the estate looks romantic!
I hope by now you'll get the real pleasure of cognac! The main thing is to do everything by the rules!