Martell is the oldest of the big cognac houses. Similar to Rémy Martin, but a few years older still, Martell will soon celebrate its 300 year anniversary. The history of Martell & Co dates back to 1715, when Jean Martell founded the company with the wish to produce only the highest quality in cognac. With the legendary bottles Martell Cordon Bleu, Martell Extra L’Or de Jean Martell and the recent Création Grand Extra from 2007, the company strongly implanted itself in the luxury goods market. It belongs to Pernod Ricard and has sales of around 15 million liters every year. The most precious eaux-de-vie, some of which date back to 1830, are stored in a secret location in the cellars of Jean Martell - approximately 1,6 million 9 liter cases!
Eye : Golden sparkling copper color.
Nose: A rich, luxurious aroma of caramelized pear and banana. A light sweetness turns into coconut and vanilla, and a spicy menthol scent.
Palate: Gourmet, round and incredibly silky. There are fresh flavors of ginger and white fruits like plums....
Eye: Rich amber color.
Nose: Rich aromas, flavors of cinnamon, flowers and woody floral notes. It has a prune like quality, that gives it sweetness.
Palate: Supple entry that is full bodied. A rounded sense of vanilla, citrus peel and spice. Dried nut, roasted cocoa beans and...
Martell Cohibas nose is rather soft, mellow but complex. Some sweet notes, like vanilla, hazlenut and slight honey. In the mouth: Quite down the line, a good strength, but round and fresh - some wood aromas. The finish is well balanced.
Eye: A light golden hue that is tinged with reddish honey flashes.
Nose: Luxurious and fruity notes of raw cocoa and saffron. The subtlety, despite its age, gives it a light purity that is wholly delightful for the senses.
Palate: An elegant and gentle taste, that is simultaneously...
The Borderies eaux-de-vie develops a certain floral and spicy note after 12 years of ageing.
On the nose: Some notes of violets, orange blossoms, followed by ginger. Hints of vanilla.
On the palate: Fine almonds, some raisin.
The finish is long and balanced.
Eye: Reddish amber.
Nose: First you will experience the woody texture of this Cognac, with sweet fruits such as yellow plums. Nutty and caramel-like from the Charentaise oak barrels.
Palate: Medium body, with smoky notes that linger on the palate. The finish is subtle and long, as...
Tasting review from Prunier:
Colour: brown gold, light, very bright and clear.
Nose : delicate, then powerful, dominated by nutmeg.
Mouth : blurred start, fine pastry with notes of vanilla and english toffee.
Well balanced in length, very neat cognac.