In Soviet times, few people gave much thought to how to drink cognac, just pour it into a glass and ate everything that was on the table. Modern connoisseurs of alcohol are selective, they tend not to translate the gift of a valuable product of long-term exposure, observing the rules, allowing you to enjoy the aroma and taste of cognac.
1. Atmosphere. First you need to feel respect for the drink, creating suitable surroundings. Suitable for tasting lounge, restaurant, Banquet hall or office. It is desirable that the attendees were dressed in business suits and evening dresses. Drinking cognac in the kitchen in your home clothes, you will get less pleasure. This is the case when the situation is very important.
2. The glass and temperature. To appreciate the range of flavors of cognac helps a classic glass with a tapered top “snifter”, in English “smell”. In recent years it has become fashionable to replace the special snifter taster glass Tulip shape. It is believed that it has a better smell. But this question is more interesting for professionals in the home between a Tulip glass and a snifter there is no fundamental difference.
Proper brandy glasses
The perfect serving temperature cognac is 20-25°C. fill Glass a quarter.
3. The process of tasting. First, on the outside wall of the glass of brandy leave a fingerprint and look at it through the drink. If the fingerprint is clearly visible, cognac quality. Then the glass is slowly rotated around its axis. On the walls will begin to appear traces, called “legs”, they should be studied carefully. If the pins are not lost during the 5 seconds that means you brandy exposure 5-8 years, if 15 seconds is the drink for about 20 years.
Quality assurance thumbprint Brandy feet
Depending on the shutter speed and the amount of added caramel cognac color can vary, ranging from light yellow to dark brown. Typically, the older the cognac, the darker, but not always. After studying the appearance of moving to the assessment of odour.
There are three waves of flavor of cognac. The first wave can be felt at a distance of 5-10 cm from the edge of the glass here is well captured light vanilla tones. The second wave of the smell starts near the edge, then felt fruity and floral notes. In quality cognac is sure to be a scent of lime, violet, rose, or apricot. In the third wave (directly in glass) are the smells of aging with complex notes reminiscent of port wine. Enjoy the bouquet of aromas, taste.
Colors of cognac
How to drink cognac in small SIPS for a few seconds, delaying him in the mouth. Thanks to this well captured the effect, called “peacock’s tail” – brandy slowly spreads over the tongue and throat, leaving a pleasant aftertaste in which there should be no sharp alcoholic tones. Lasts longer than the finish, the better the drink. It is still possible for 1-2 minutes to warm a glass of warm hand, and then to take a SIP. The taste will change slightly.
4. Appetizer. In classic fashion cognac is not made to combine with food, it is served for dessert when guests are satisfied. The French follow the rule of “three C”: Cafe, Cognac, Cigare. First they drink a Cup of good coffee, then enjoy a cognac, and at the end smoke a cigar.
Another cognac goes well with fruit, hard cheeses, seafood and lean meat. The main thing is not to put on the table lemons, which instantly dulls the taste.