As someone who had never had cognac before, I was curious to learn more about the spirit, so I signed up for a workshop with Konoisseur that took place Bar Louise. For your class, you can arrange for a workshop in cocktail making and/or tasting spirits which will be offered at Bar Louise that can be done in English.
For my 1 hour workshop, I did cocktail making and cognac tasting. To help me develop my palate, my first challenge was to identify which beverage was cognac, rum, and whiskey from 3 samples poured to me. Through knowing what both whiskey and rum tasted like, I was able to correctly select the cognac in the lineup. I found this activity fun and was a marvelous introduction to help me learn more about cognac.
Next, I focused on cocktail making using cognac. For this part of the class, I was able to watch the bartender create two cocktails using cognac, and had to reproduce the drinks which I was able to enjoy after making them. As someone who has never taken a cocktail workshop before I loved this experience.
If you are in Cognac, I strongly recommend signing up for a workshop at Bar Louise. In one hour I went from not knowing what cognac tasted like, to being able to identify some of cognac’s major flavor profiles. Walking away from the experience I know I’ll be able to utilize all the useful techniques I gained about cocktail making, but I feel much more knowledgeable about Cognac and the various producers too.