Martell may be a 300-year-old cognac house but thanks to their innovative methods, the brand has managed to remain a major player in the world of cognacs. Earlier this month, the House of Martell unveiled a result of this innovation with the Martell Cordon Bleu Intense Heat Cask Finish whose name refers to the aging process of the Cordon Bleu.
Like other Cordon Bleu’s produced by the brand, the lovely amber-coloured concoction is created using a blend of over 100 extra old eau-de-vie. However, what sets the limited edition eaux-de-vie apart, are the casks used to transform the final product. Normally, Martell ages the eaux-de-vie in oak barrels that have been slightly burnt — which explains the hint of woodiness we have come to love.
For the Intense Heat Cask Finish, Martell completed the aging process with oak barrels that have been intensely burnt from the inside — better known as ‘chauffe crocodile’. What this method does, is bring out the sweet spice notes and intensifies aromas that can be enjoyed with each sip of the Martell Cordon Bleu Intense Heat Cask Finish.
Accompanying the hints of vanilla, wood, almond and mocha coffee that greet the palate, are notes of honey and candied fruits. The after taste that lingers, is a mild spice that balances out the sweetness that greets you in the beginning. The Martell Cordon Bleu Intense Heat Cask Finish is available for private purchase at $312, perfect for that special someone this holiday season.