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Meukow Cognac Wears Red for this Limited Edition VSOP
The Meukow VSOP Red Limited Edition Cognac is another striking special release, blended with eaux-de-vie from several growing regions around Cognac and aged for a minimum of four years in fine-grained French Limousin oak. Only the heart of the distillate has been used in the eaux-de-vie, allowing for exceptional purity, while the oak imparts sweet vanilla notes to complement the fresh fruit aromas.
Cellar Master Anne Sarteaux oversees all production of Meukow Cognac with her distinctive style and attention to detail. She carries on traditions that have been passed down since the house was founded in 1862 by brothers Gustav and August-Christophe Meukow, who had travelled from Silesia to source eaux-de-vie for the Russian Tsar Alexander II. Struggling to collect enough Cognac for their Tsar, the brothers instead asked for a grant to build their own distillery and settled in Charente. Although it was originally created for the Russian royal family, today Meukow Cognac is sold in over 80 countries around the world and widely recognised for its elegant flavour and distinctive designs.
The signature panther motif was created in 1995 and has since become a famous emblem, perfectly expressing the bold and elegant character of Meukow Cognac. For this reason, it’s often referred to as the ‘jaguar spirit’.
Presentation of the bottle
The Meukow VSOP Red Edition features a flamboyant red bottle with their signature embossed panther. It is presented in a striking red leopard-print box with gold lettering.
How to Enjoy Meukow VSOP Red Edition Cognac
This bold and characterful VSOP is best enjoyed over a chunk of ice in a crystal tumbler, but it’s also fantastic in mixed drinks like this variation on the classic Sazerac cocktail:
- 60ml Meukow VSOP Red
- 10ml Créme de Cassis
- 3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
- Small measure of Absinthe
- Lemon zest
First, add the Absinthe to a rocks glass and top with ice and water to chill. Stir together the Meukow VSOP Red, Créme de Cassis and bitters in a mixing glass with ice until thoroughly chilled. Discard the Absinthe-water rinse, strain your cocktail into the empty glass, add a block of ice and a lemon zest - and enjoy.
About Meukow Cognac
As the name suggests, Cognac Meukow is one of the few Russian Cognac brands in the Charente region. In 1862 two brothers were sent over to France to supply the Tsar with Cognac and decided to start their own Cognac distillery.
The brand has become known as the “jaguar liquor”, or the “panther liquor”, thanks to its distinctive bottle design. The big cat in question is in fact a puma, and today, with its famous logo, ranks among the most well-known Cognac brands in the world. Its qualities are strength, elegance, sensuality and exotism, the character traits of the puma.
The distillery is housed in Matha in the Charente Maritime, and are particularly celebrated for their VS Cognac, Vanilla Cognac liqueur and 90-Proof Liquor among many others.
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