That Other Brown Spirit
Are you still enthusiastic about whisky? Good. Relegate that stuff to sniffing parties in your creamy smoking jacket. Because if you want to loosen your necktie and empty a few tumblers, there's a new elixir in town. Concocted to bring new life to delicious cocktails or enjoyed over ice, Martell's Non Chill-Filtered cognac is certainly not the brandy Napoleon remembers.
'Non Chill-Filtered' is a new blend that's filtered at room temperature instead of the usual below 0°C, to ensure aromas, taste and textures lend particularly well with a mixer. what you get is a dynamic, sophisticated and deliciously easy signature drink that hasn't lost its fruity hints of apricots, vanilla, citrus and candied fruit. But most importantly, this filtration method produces what is considered the smoothest cognac in Martell's history.
It's exactly the kind of drink for a refreshed gentleman's classic like the Sidecar; three parts cognac and one part each of Cointreau and lemon juice. In fact, at a recent tasting, members of the boozy press were treated to the Night Rider (Martell NCF, crème de cassis, peach liqueur, chocolate bitters) and the Golden Horizon (Martell NCF, Cointreau, sour plum, yuzu vinegar. orange bitters). The former was a rich, layered drink with fruits, berries and dark chocolate in the after taste. The latter was of course instantly refreshing, being light and citrusy.
For the iconoclastic drinker who likes to go against the grain (as it were), Martell's latest offering might provide the edge you're looking for. The NCF is an exciting development from the oldest of the great cognac houses in Charente, with a funky reflective metallic copper bottle coating that instantly tells you where is belongs; under strobe lights and surrounded by party goers ready to kick-off the night.