Pierre Ferrand's Exemplary Double Cask Reserve Cognac
Alexandre Gabriel's latest spirit defies expectation and emboldens a historic category
Imaginative isn't the first word that comes to mind when sipping most cognac. In fact, it's fairly far afield from the traditional descriptors. And yet Alexandre Gabriel, proprietor of Maison Ferrand, continues to demonstrate a knack for unleashing products within the category that defy expectation. His latest, Pierre Ferrand Double Cask Reserve Cognac sees a unique double-aging process—first in French Oak Cognac barrels and then in Banyuls fortified wine casks (a type of wine that's been made in the south of France since the 13th century). Much like Gabriel did with the extraordinary Plantation Pineapple Stiggins' Fancy Rum, he's employed components from history to craft a tipple that nobody has ever tasted before. Far from the staid grandfatherly cognacs, this iteration of the Pierre Ferrand Reserve actually—and honestly—tastes of orange cream. It's slightly sweet, vibrant and carries a dash of spice. This is a carefully considered flavor profile, methodically executed. At 42.3% ABV, it's a bit stronger than most will expect, as well.
This product is a permanent addition to the Maison Ferrand portfolio—replacing their previous Reserve expressions. While still very new to the market, it's already highly awarded. This matters less than the fact that it will appeal to typical cognac-drinkers (who will appreciate quality commitments like grapes drawn only from Appellation Cognac Grande Champagne Contrôlée) and has the ability to lure new consumers in. The reason why: it exceeds expectations, makes for an excellent sipper, and should appeal to lovers of all brown spirits.
Pierre Ferrand Double Cask Reserve Cognac retails for $80. It's presently rolling out across the US and is expected be at retailers like Astor Wines & Spirits.
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