Martell, the oldest of the great cognac houses, has added the Cordon Bleu Intense Heat cognac to its iconic collection
Made from the same emblematic blend as Martell Cordon Bleu (originally created by the House of Martell in 1912), Martell Cordon Bleu Intense Heat is a fascinating result of alchemy, combining wood and heat to make a distinctive cognac never seen before. Created with a combination of craftsmanship, curiosity and pioneering spirit, the resulting blend enjoys an aromatic character and unsuspected cask finish.
The ageing of this limited edition cognac is completed in casks which are subjected to intense heat, known as “chauffe crocodile”. It uses a flame to “burn” the inside of the oak casks and release woody aromas as the eaux-de-vie interacts with the barrels.
Presented in a deep blue embossed presentation box, Martell Cordon Bleu Intense Heat’s packaging reacts to body heat when rubbed, turning a fiery red and creating the illusion of glowing embers. Furthermore, to celebrate the launch of Cordon Bleu Intense Heat, Martell has partnered with leading mixologist, Clotilde Lataille, to create a signature drink, the Intense Heat Cocktail inspired by the wood and heat flavours of the cognac.
Christophe Valtaud, Cellar Master at House of Martell said: “We’re delighted to launch Cordon Bleu Intense Heat, and for cognac lovers to enjoy a unique update on the very popular Martell Cordon Bleu. The impact of the “chauffe crocodile” technique is wonderful. Roasted notes of mocha coffee and toasted almonds characteristic of Martell Cordon Bleu are accentuated, while sweet spicy notes – candied orange, cinnamon and honey – are unleashed on the palate with unsuspected intensity.”
Martell Cordon Bleu Intense Heat (70 and 100cl bottles) is available exclusively from Fortnum & Mason at an RRP of £115.00. Wider distribution starts from January 2017.
By Simon Wittenberg