Evan Yurman, Chief Design Director of his father’s jewelry empire, and Nicolas Palazzi, owner of PM Spirits, recently combined their passions to form L’Artisan. The idea behind the brand is to source pure Cognacs from French farmers, many of whom have had it in their cellars since their fathers or grandfathers distilled it decades ago. They just released their first offering, L’Artisan No. 50, and we were lucky enough to have a taste.
Don’t be confused by the name. This Cognac isn’t 171 years old; rather, it’s fashioned in the style of “three-star” Cognacs that were consumed around 1840. Those Cognacs were very mixable and often bottled at a higher proof (Pierre Ferrand 1840 rings in at 90 proof) than today’s Cognacs, which are primarily meant for sipping….
Bachelor party ready
Cognac and a great cigar make a fine pair. It’s worth noting that Cohiba released a similar spirit with Bisquit back in 2005. Good things come to those who wait though, right? Cohiba Cognac by Martell ($622) is made from top of the line eaux-de-vie (a.k.a fruit brandy) that’s been aged between 40 and 50…