Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Martell Caractere

So I was in Los Angeles in October at the "W" doing a tasting and I ran into my good friend Benito. He was there for the launch Caractere by Martell. This is a new offering from Martell that's marketing concept has Benito's vision all over it and if you hear him talk about it the passion bubbles. I tasted a sip that night, it was quite nice, but I really wanted to sit down and dissect the flavors and here are some brief tasting notes:

The nose shows baked Apple, persimmon, cut timber, loquat, nutmeg, stewed stone fruits, sandalwood and Mexican cinnamon with a background of flowers and wax
The pallet follows the aroma with a decidedly more spicy deliberation. The fruit in the flavors are round, dried fig, orange zest and toffee in an easy warm delivery.

The finish is short, with the heat resolving to supple minor spices, evergreen 
characteristics, modest fruit and anise.

A nice cognac all in all; it is a young cognac, but it has a bevy of great flavors. There is a brashness that reminds me of bourbon that is interesting; this is fine as a sipper, especially on the rocks but it works great as a mixing brandy.

Martell even came up with some cocktail ideas, this one is very nice:

Agua Frances

Build in a Highball glass
1 1/2 - 2 Oz Martell Caractere
Squeeze a lemon wedge on the rocks
Drop in, top up with club soda

More info, click here...
But for a great classic beverage that goes great with Martell Caractere try a:

Blue Train Special:

1 - 1/2 Oz Martell Caractere
1 - 1/2 Oz Pineapple juice

Shake and strain into a Highball glass
with fresh ice, top up with sparkling wine

Perfect for any celebration, and tonight is New Years Eve!
Wherever you are Benito, I will toasting you!