3 new exciting drinks from Belvedere, Remy Martin and Don Melchor
Check out these cognac, vodka and wine releases from Belvedere, Remy Martin and Don Melchor.
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Cognac isn’t exactly viewed as the trendiest of spirits, but we applaud any effort the industry makes to
remedy that. Like how Remy Martin has roped in Matt W. Moore, painter, aerosol artist and graphic
designer, to apply his “Vectorfunk” style to Remy Martin’s latest VSOP Limited Edition. All of Remy
Martin’s hallmarks, from the grapes to the centaur, have been reimagined in Moore’s delightful aesthetic,
along with custom typography. The distillery has also launched the Art by Remy Martin augmented reality
app for iPhones, which allows you to add Moore’s designs to your photos and videos. The limited edition
bottle and coffret is available exclusively at www.asherbws.com.
LAND OF PLENTY
Given how terroir is defined as the characteristic flavour imparted to wine by the environment it’s produced in, it stands to reason that terroir can be factored into any beverage that relies on nature’s bounty. Belvedere
The Polish distillery has brought two new products to our shores, Smogory Forest and Lake Bartezek, each named after the village of the estate its Dankowskie Diamond Rye came from and crafted to capture the
distinctive essence of their respective soil, topography and climate.
So, far from being just a neutral base for cocktails, Belvedere is trying to show that vodka offers unique expressions for those who can discern its subtleties. The lush forests, mild winters and fertile soils of Smogory Forest give its vodka notes of salted caramel, honey and white pepper. Lake Bartezek, on the other hand, known for glacial lakes, Baltic winds and snowy winters, brings out black pepper, toasted nuts and cream.
Obviously, you’ll want to sip on these neat or on the rocks if you want to taste the difference, but either will make a lovely alternative in rye whisky cocktails.
A GOLDEN YEAR
Don Melchor, a wine estate located at the foot of the Andes, found fame on the global luxury stage when
it debuted Chile’s first icon wine. It’s been 30 years since then, but every new vintage released by the
talented winemaking team is cause for excitement.
And the 2015 does not disappoint. Near-perfect weather conditions allowed for particularly even
ripening of the grapes, of which 92 per cent used in the vintage is cabernet sauvignon, 7 per cent is cabernet franc, and the last 1 per cent is, for the first time in the winery’s history, petit verdot. Give it time to air and you’ll be rewarded with a captivating nose of coffee and dark chocolate, and a silky smooth texture with excellent structure.