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Conjure Cognac

Conjure Cognac


By Robert Plotkin

Cognacs are highly prized for their individuality. These noble brandies have such distinctive profiles that no two taste the same. To a large degree, cognacs reflect the judgment and taste preferences of the master blender. With respect to recently released Conjure Cognac, its wafting bouquet and flavor-saturated palate reflect the personal taste of superstar Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, recording artist, actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, as well as a connoisseur of fine spirits. That Conjure will go double platinum is a foregone conclusion.

The cognac is handcrafted at the century old House of Birkedal Hartmann in the heart of the Cognac region of France. Bridges and third generation master blender Philippe Braastad Tiffon created the brand from a blend of barrel-aged Grand Champagne, Petite Champagne, Fins Bois and Borderies eaux-de-vie married together in 50-year old Limousin cognac barrels. Even the intricately designed bottle screams of class.

Simply put, Conjure is luxury at a remarkably affordable price. The lightweight, satiny textured cognac has an alluring mahogany hue and a lavish bouquet of spice, toffee and dark chocolate. Upon entry, it bathes the palate with warmth and the rich flavors of vanilla, citrus and spiced fruit. The lingering finish is smooth and thoroughly satisfying. Bottled at 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof), Conjure is a spirit phenomenon in the making.

Although convention would dictate that a cognac this elegant be savored neat from a snifter, its modest price and brilliant flavor make a compelling case for showcasing it in contemporary cocktails. It's an inspired choice for use in Sidecars or an upscale Manhattan. A votre sante!