“Music doesn’t need cognac to exist, and cognac doesn’t need music, but that’s the beauty of it, they were meant to meet.”
We’re so used to tight suits, manicured skits, and cookie cutter questions when it comes to talk shows; that the audacity to be real is practically a physical assault to the senses.
It might be the song of the summer.
Guess who I was just in the studio with?! That’s right! 9th Wonder!
Martell’s newest Cognac, Martell Blue Swift was officially released in America this past Thursday. Following the “curious spirit” of founder Jean Martell, the elegant and smooth cognac will leave a lasting impression in Martell history.
Hosted at the Lightbox in New York City, the launch of Martell Blue Swift was introduced with the hashtag #BeCurious. Blue Swift mixed drinks included the following four delicious options:
Sazerac: Blue Swift with sugar cane syrup, absinthe rinse, and Jefferson bitters
French Old Fashion: Blue Swift with sugar cane syrup and Jefferson bitters
Bordeaux: Blue Swift with Lillet Rose and Jefferson bitters
Martell Blue Swift: Served neat on the rocks
The four cocktails were exchanged throughout the room accompanied with hors d’oeuvers like foiegras, crab tastings, duck sliders and watermelon tartar.
Christophe Pienkowski, Martell’s Global Brand Ambassador welcomed Blue Swift after the lavish cocktail hour with a projected presentation of Martell’s integrity throughout history on the venue’s white walls.
“I like the smoothness, the roundness— and this product is all the signs of a great Cognac, a great Martell expression,” Pienkowski said.
Blue Swift is praised for its long toasted oak finish from Kentucky Bourbon casks. It is noted for its banana and caramelized pear aromas with subtle hints of vanilla and coconut mixed with spice and menthol. Its coppery color gives off deep ginger and white candied fruit feels.
Entertainment scattered throughout the white space as painters worked creating Martell’s label in America’s patriotic colors and a chef from The Bronx torched carrots and maroons in front of the audience.
Photo Booth pictures in front of the Martell billboard backdrop proved for great fun and the gift bag was, yes, Martell’s Blue Swift now available for $49.99.
It’s safe to say Martell’s newest Cognac speaks for itself, joining its other famous Cognac liquors in great fashion.
This past Thursday evening the Knockturnal attended an exclusive Hennessy launch event at the chic bar/lounge, Kinfolk, in Brookly. Hennessy hosted its launch party in celebration of its new limited edition bottle by renowned tattoo artist Scott Campbell.
In NYC this past Monday evening, July 11th, The Knockturnal joined Hennessy for a pub crawl that started at the Late Late Bar on LES, then to Suffolk Arms on the LES, and ‘night capped’ at Sanatorium in Alphabet City.
At Lower East Side’s Vandal the classic cognac brand celebrated its day and legacy.
Twenty minutes with Questlove and Black Thought was twenty minutes more than I ever expected to get in this lifetime.
An exquisite aroma of nuts and spices welcomed guests to the Remy Martin’s Summer Cocktail gathering on Tuesday July 21 at the Nomad Hotel Rooftop Suite. Bloggers Justin Livingston of Scout Sixteen and Moti Ankari of The Metro Man, graciously co-hosted the event. The menswear connoisseurs introduced the crowd to the man of the hour, Monsieur Baptiste Loiseau, Cellar Master of The House of Remy Martin.