Neat or on the rocks
Learn more about the tasting experience when you enjoy cognac neat or on the rocks, and how the glass type also affects it.
Neat or on the rocks?
As an aperitif, cognac is usually consumed neat. Adding a drop of water will reveal more fruity, floral and spicy aromas, making the tasting experience smoother.
Choosing the right glass:
HOW THIS AFFECTS THE TASTING EXPERIENCE
To enjoy cognac neat, we suggest a tulip glass. The long and narrow shape helps capture the richness of the cognac over the alcohol. We also recommend using this glass if you are adding a drop of water.
For cognac on the rocks, serve in a large tumbler glass with room for two ice cubes. This can be held in your hand, helping to melt the ice and making it easier to appreciate the aromas and the taste of the cognac.
We suggest a snifter glass for traditional tasting moments, such as after dinner as a digestif, where the cognac is served neat, warmed by the heat of your hands.
Over dinner, we recommend enjoying cognac neat.
“FOR COGNAC ON THE ROCKS, SERVE IN A LARGE TUMBLER GLASS WITH ROOM FOR TWO ICE CUBES.”
neat or on the rocks
A GUIDE TO TASTING
Tips for the very best Rémy Martin cognac experience, using all your senses.
“The signature style of RÉMY MARTIN COGNAC FINE CHAMPAGNE is: HARMONY – AROMATIC RICHNESS – SMOOTH & LONG FINISH”
1. Select a clean glass.
2. Add a little cognac to a tumbler or rocks glass and swirl it around to completely coat the inside.
3. Pour yourself 1 oz of cognac and prepare your senses.
ON THE NOSE
Follow these three steps and discover the complex aroma facets of cognac, similar to a perfume. From top to base, you will enjoy a myriad of aromatic notes such as fruits, flowers and spices.
Hold the glass under your nose at heart height: here, you can already begin to detect the first aromas. Fruity, floral notes, or perhaps slight traces of spice and oak?
Bring the glass up to your chin to explore a new wave of aromas.
Gradually, bring the glass up to your nose and experience the fragrances up close.
ON THE PALATE
Take a sip and focus on the experience. Let the liquid slowly move around your mouth and see if you can detect the subtlety of flavors. The tip of your tongue should detect sweetness, while the sides detect saltiness and sourness, and finally bitterness at the back. A few seconds later, you can appreciate the smooth texture across the palate and enjoy the lingering finish. Do you feel the balance and harmony of flavors?
The signature style of RÉMY MARTIN COGNAC FINE CHAMPAGNE is: HARMONY – AROMATIC RICHNESS – SMOOTH & LONG FINISH
“Cognac on the rocks is a light and smooth discovery of sensations and flavors, revealing enhanced freshness and an abundance of fruits.”
TASTING ON THE ROCKS
Add 2–3 ice cubes to your glass of cognac.
ON THE NOSE
Swirl the glass a few times, hold it under your nose level with your chin and inhale the aromas. The ice will reveal notes and facets you wouldn’t have discovered in the neat tasting. You may, for example, notice a fresher aspect to the fruit notes, where they would have had a more candied feel in the neat tasting.
ON THE PALATE
Take a sip of the cooled cognac and see how it differs to the neat tasting. Cognac on the rocks is a light and smooth discovery of sensations and flavors, revealing enhanced freshness and an abundance of fruits.
The expression of our COGNAC FINE CHAMPAGNE remains the same: HARMONY – AROMATIC RICHNESS – SMOOTH & LONG FINISH.