Rémy Martin V – Clear Spirit Review
Last year I wrote about the introduction of the Rémy Martin V, it is the first clear spirit from the House of Rémy Martin.
Pronounced “Vee” (derived from the French word “Vie” for “life”), Rémy Martin V is also the first product of its kind in this category.
Luckily enough Cognac Fans managed to get a bottle of “V” to review it.
A Cognac or a Wodka?
You may be tempted to call Rémy V a Cognac or even a vodka. It’s neither. While the new spirit, which has been test marketed and will roll out in wider distribution in July, is made in Cognac, it can’t fall under that brandy appellation as it is not aged. And as for vodka, V has too much flower and fruit to fall into that “odorless, tasteless” category.
Rémy Martin calls it a ‘Distilled Grape Spirit’, but they could also choose for the name Eaux-de-Vie because it is a unaged brandy.
Made for the freezer!
After distillation, the brandy is filtered through a chill filtration technique (minus 10 degrees Celsius) ensuring that it is crystal clear, because a newly made brandy is never absolutely clear…
Also, this filtration ensures that this eaux-de-vie will not show any flakes in the freezer. This is very important because many Cocktail-makers would put the “V” in the Freezer before using it in Cocktails.
Some nice Cocktails
1 1/2 oz. Rémy Martin V
3/4 oz. lemon juice
1 oz. simple sugar
1 drop rose water
4 muddled, seedless grapes
Muddle seedless grapes along with a bit of simple syrup in a mixing glass. Combine remaining ingredients, except sparkling wine. In a mixing glass add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Top with sparkling wine and stir in grape skins as a garnish.
1 1/4 oz. Rémy Martin V
Dash of nutmeg
Combine all liquids over ice in a highball glass and lightly dust with grated nutmeg. Serve with a wedge of lime.
2 oz. Rémy Martin V
3/4 oz. Cointreau
1/2 oz. sweet Vermouth
2 dashes orange bitters
Combine all liquids over ice in a mixing glass. Stir for 25-30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with orange twist.
The tasting notes of the Remy Martin “V” are:
The color: clear-colored.
The nose: citrus, oranges, pears, hard candy, some flowery wine notes, and slight minty.
The taste: oranges, pears, honey and lemon drops.
The after-taste: surprisingly long finish, mainly fruity.
Age: not aged.
The price: about 40 dollars.
The conclusion: quite pricey, but a good but buy for those who love fruity eaux-de-vie or Cocktails.