Martell Blue Swift VSOP Cognac
$46.50

Martell

Martell Blue Swift VSOP Cognac

In 1783, Martell was the first to ship its barrels of cognac to the United States. Martell celebrates this history with another first, Blue Swift, the first-ever VSOP Cognac finished in bourbon casks. Martell's signature distillation process - free of impurities - leave it open to absorbing the rich aromatic tones from the bourbon cask.

Blue Swift is a rousing success that shows how Cognac and bourbon can work beautifully together. The color of the spirit is bourbon-dark, much deeper in hue than any standard VSOP you’ll encounter. On the nose, there’s lots going on, the traditional raisin-plum notes of brandy mingling nicely with oaky whiskey notes, layering in some cinnamon, flamed banana, and a touch of almond. The palate follows that up with aplomb. A relatively light body gives way to lush fruit, touched with oak. Currants and vanilla, figs and cocoa, hints of peppermint and gingerbread — they all come together into a surprisingly cohesive whole that showcases the best of both the brandy and bourbon worlds. The finish is light on its feet, not at all heavy, cloying, or otherwise overblown. Rather, it’s slightly drying and quite clean, its toasty wood notes lingering while echoing hints of fruity raisin.