Cognac and food make an exquisite complement for menus of seafood, game meats, delicacies or desserts.
Enjoy the elegance of a cognac food pairing.
When pairing cognac and meat or cognac and seafood, consider a borderies cognac such as Martell Cordon Bleu. Such cognacs complement poultry, pork and veal with a sauce, or fish and crustaceans, in delicate combinations.
When carefully matched, cognac and meat make a powerful combination that will linger in the memory. Try a grande champagne and meat such as succulent beef tenderloin, pheasant, venison or guinea fowl.
Cognac is a very versatile drink. It may be drunk neat, over ice or diluted with a little water. It can be mixed with quality mixers, such as soda or traditional lemonade to make a long drink, or used to make a cocktail. For a range of Martell cocktails to try, see our cocktails section.
Like with any good wine, understanding the essentials of Martell cognac food pairing or cigar pairing can augment your tasting experience in delicious new ways. Whether with chocolate, main dishes, dessert or cigars, pairing with cognac can tickle your taste buds and stimulate your senses.
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Take a sip of the cognac, enough that you can slowly roll it over the tongue and the back of the mouth allowing it to coat all the key sensors on your tongue. Taste at the tip for sweetness, the back for bitterness and at the sides for saltiness and sourness. Keep the cognac in the mouth for about ten seconds to release as much of the flavour as possible.
Each Martell cognac has its specific flavour, style and character. That’s why cognac is one of the best gifts for someone who has everything. When it comes to choosing a cognac, the bottle you choose depends on you and how you want to enjoy it. The Martell Gift Ideas Matchmaker can help you choose a cognac as a gift or for yourself.
Pairing cigars and cognac requires knowledge and care. But when the right aromas merge in the mouth, the palate is treated to a remarkable savoury experience.
Younger cognacs, such as this Martell VS, are round and fruity. Look for a less rich cigar, with a weaker body that will not overpower. Dominican cigars adapt very well to young cognacs.
A middle-aged cognac, like Martell VSOP, also combines well with Dominican cigars. Favour those with fine and spicy sweetness that are easy to smoke, or have a medium-bodied profile.
Older cognacs acquire roundness and finesse during the long stay in barrels. This gives a persistence in the mouth that can resist the conquering force of stronger cigars such as the Havana.
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Learning how to serve cognac is only the first step towards mastering cognac. From food pairing with cognac, to cooking with cognac and mixing cognac drinks, take your skills to the next level with our ‘How to cognac’ series.
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