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Rémy Martin The Heart of Cognac Experience

Last night I attended the Rémy Martin The Heart of Cognac Experience tasting at the Ebell of Los Angeles in Hancock Park. The event is broken into separate rooms, each focusing on a different theme. They really went all out on this, it was quite an enjoyable time. If you are at all interested in cognac, or liquor, I would highly recommend this event. I should also mention, a strict ‘no photo’ policy was in place, so I have no pictures to accompany this article.

Upon arrival, a suggested charitable donation was encouraged at the door and you are given two tokens redeemable for drinks as you wait for your ‘tour’. The waiting room is adored with quotes and various trivia relating to the Rémy Martin brand and a cognac bar. I ordered two of their sidecars, which consists of:

Rémy Martin Sidecar

    1 1/2 oz. Rémy Martin VSOP
    3/4 oz. Cointreau
    1/2 oz. lemon juice

Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

And ‘hey’, they were pretty good.

First, we were brought into a room with a flat screen TV; where they played a video detailing the process behind cognac production and what makes the Rémy Martin house different from other brands. (hint: its the grapes). At the end the presentation you are given a shot of VS cognac.

Next, my favorite part of the tour,  we were brought into a room with hundreds of graduated cylinders. Each was filled with Rémy Martin cognacs of different vintages. The crowd was broken into small groups and it was our task to best replicate Rémy Martin VSOP with 1, 2, 5, and 10 year old cognac blends. Our first attempt was way to strong. However, in the last few seconds, we put together a second milder blend and we tied another group for first place. In addition to the cognac blend that we made, this room was finished off with a shot of VSOP.

Last was a room lined with oak barrels made to replicate the cellars master distillers use to age the cognac. This room was finished off with a shot of XO.

By this time I was properly inebriated. Lucky for me, Jennifer was my ride home. And that concluded a really great night.

below is my invite

You’re Invited to the Remy Martin Heart of Cognac Tasting Event

The Heart of Cognac Experience

Come join Rémy Martin for
The Heart of Cognac Experience,
an unforgettable evening of good
friends and outstanding cognac.
If you have a passion for fine spirits
and enjoy the thrill of discovery,
this exclusive event is for you.
In addition to tasting some of our
finest spirits, you will learn how
Rémy Martin captures the
Heart of Cognac in every bottle.

You and your guests must be 21 years or older with valid photo identification to attend the event(s).

PLEASE CLICK BELOW to learn more and find the event location in your area.