No age statement
Category: V.S.O.P. Cognacs
Product of: France
Blue Swift is “the first-ever spirit drink made of cognac VSOP and finished in bourbon casks.” Let’s be blunt about this, Blue Swift is a ‘cognac’ finished in bourbon barrels so the Cognac bureaucrats won’t allow it to be called cognac, hence Martell have been forced to call it a spirit drink Read more
Sampled on 02/05/2018
Clear, deep coppery amber.
Prune, baked apple, crème brûlée, violet blossom, flambéed peach and toasted nuts.
Toasty oak, baked apple, ginger spice, vanilla fudge, burnt caramel, sweet ripe plum and peach.
Lightly spicy caramel and prune finish. Fades with baked apple pie and sweet peach.
A ‘cognac’ finished in bourbon casks - bring on the mint juleps and Sazeracs - and if you do you’ll find the results are excellent. Indeed, Mattias Lataille, makes his excellent Classic Symphony, a Mint Julep inspired Sazerac, with 50ml Blue Swift, 5ml sugar syrup (2:1), 1 dash orange bitters, 2 dash Peychaud’s Bitters, 4 mint leaves and 1 lemon zest, stirred together with ice in a mixing glass and then served in a chilled absinthe rinsed glass (without ice). This is a cocktail ‘cognac’ rather than a sipping cognac, although it is balanced and quaffable with toasty oak, baked apple, ginger spice, vanilla fudge, burnt caramel and sweet ripe peach. But more than that, Blue Swift is a “spirit drink” that dares to challenge the fusty bureaucratic rules of Cognac.
Barcode UPC: 3 219820 006070
Bottle Size: 700 ml
Closure: Agglomerated cork stopper
Type of wood used for main maturation: New European Oak
Type of vessel used for main maturation: Barrique (Cognac Type) 300 Ltrs
Type of wood used for additional maturation 'finishing': American Ex. Bourbon