Monday, November 27, 2017

Opulence Revealed with Remy Martin XO

Blended from around 400 eaux de vie and aged up to 37 years, Remy Martin XO is a tribute to over three centuries of the rich and colorful heritage by the famed House of Remy Martin. In one memorable afternoon, special guests experienced pure opulence with the iconic champagne cognac...

Remy Martin presented an innovative, multi-sensory, and interactive tasting experience for the award-winning Remy Martin XO with international brand ambassador Chian Mei Gan at the luxurious Flame Restaurant in Discovery Primea. Dubbed as Opulence Revealed, the unique and exclusive experience allowed guests to discover a deeper understanding and appreciation of the finer points of Remy Martin XO cognac through an exploration of textures, flavors and aromas. And once savored, one glass can never ever be enough. This is pure opulence in deep amber liquid form...

The exclusive tasting was held at Discovery Primea's signature restaurant, Flame, located sixteen floors above the Makati cityscape (for more on Discovery Primea's Flame, see my earlier posts, Igniting The Next Culinary Standard at Discovery Primea's Flame Restaurant and Flame Restaurant Fires Up For Lunch).

At Flame Restaurant, the table was set with an elaborate spread from fresh fruits like grapes and pears, walnuts and hazelnuts, iris and jasmine flowers, dried apricots and figs, flavorful spices like cinnamon, dried saffron and stem ginger, indulgent chocolates and fine cheeses. It's a lavish assortment of distinct and unique notes meant to highlight the exquisite and sophisticated flavors of the widely acclaimed Remy Martin XO (for more on Remy Martin, see my earlier posts, One Life/Live Them. With Remy Martin...Up There with The King of Cognac: Louis XIII de Remy Martin and Louis XIII Embarks on an Epic Quest for a Legend).

At the exclusive tasting, guests were served a special cocktail blended with Remy Martin as a prelude to the afternoon's flavorful experience. But purists would agree that the best way to enjoy the complex flavors of Remy Martin XO is neat, with no mixer and no ice for pure, smooth, full-bodied and long-lasting flavor.

As the brand ambassador, Chian Mei Gan is both educator and brand envoy responsible for sales training of Remy Martin and Louis XIII cognacs worldwide, including tastings, product launches, media and VIP events. Having lived in France for over 25 years, she has also become an ambassador for the French way of life.

Exclusively produced in the Grand Champagne and Petit Champagne regions of France, collectively referred to as Fine Champagne, Remy Martin XO is the ultimate expression of the cellar master's passion and art reflecting the esteemed and noble lineage from the House of Remy Martin. Created in 1981 by the legendary cellar master Andre Giraud, Remy Martin XO has since been awarded with worldwide accolades, including the 2010 Spirits Business Cognac Masters in the UK and the gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2014.

Opulent. Radiant. Refined. And just one look at the fine crystal decanter tells you this is indeed special and a cut above the rest. To fully enjoy your Remy Martin XO experience, start with your eyes to admire the deep amber hues followed by the nose for its fragrance and tactile feel of elegantly contoured and intricately shaped bottle capped by the palate. It's a full sensory experience. This is, after all, Remy Martin XO.

The bold and fragrant aroma hints of late summer fruit followed by the rich floral notes of jasmine. It's just one of the many opulent layers of Remy Martin XO as you peel away and discover the complex notes of one of the world's finest champagne cognacs. One sip delivers the full-bodied notes of juicy plums and candied oranges for a unique depth in flavor coating the palate and lingering long after the first sip. Then, a subtle whisper of hazelnuts and cinnamon rounds out the flavors for that perfectly smooth finish. Velvety smooth, rich and lingering, it's refined opulence like no other.   

Chian Mei Gan then invited the guests to explore the different opulent layers of Remy Martin XO with the various ingredients at the table...

...guiding each guest with the perfect combinations. But here's the best part of the Opulence Revealed tasting experience by Remy Martin XO, guests are encouraged to discover and enjoy their own flavor combinations. Be daring and adventurous, and have a whiff of stem ginger and cinnamon before a sip...

Take a bite of rich and indulgent Valrhona chocolate, and experience how the sweet and nutty notes of dark chocolate plays well with the bold notes of Remy Martin XO. Have a slice of cheese and the flavor profile is transformed for a whole new flavor experience. It's this multi-faceted nature of Remy Martin XO that makes it special.

Have another round and enjoy the wide palette of flavors at the table for an afternoon of lavish opulence revealed by Remy Martin XO. It's amazing how the deep notes of Remy Martin XO are transformed with each ingredient reflecting its wide and complex layers, yet retaining its bold and full-bodied flavors.

Opulence Revealed by Remy Martin is truly a unique tasting experience, unraveling the brand and reinforcing why it's simply a cut above the rest. The tasting series also aims to educate, engage and encourage personal discovery to inspire a new generation of refined cognac enthusiasts. 

And there's always time for one more sip. With Remy Martin XO, you make time. 

This holiday season, make it even more special with Remy Martin. Remy Martin Club, Remy Martin VSOP, or Remy Martin XO, take your pick. It's opulence revealed in an elegant gift box. The limited edition Remy Martin gift boxes are now available at SM Supermarket, Rustan's Supermarket, Robinsons Supermarket, Metro Retail Stores, S&R, Lander's Superstore, Landmark, and other leading supermarkets nationwide. Discover true opulence revealed...with Remy Martin.

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