2021 Let’s Get Blitzen: Cocktail Advent Calendar – Day 4 – Dasher’s Delight. After two days of easy-drinking decadence, we’re pivoting to a spirit-forward sipper that celebrates the smooth and oaky palate of St-Rémy Signature French brandy – the newest offering from the historic brandy producer.
The Dasher’s Delight is a Manhattan-style cocktail that combines top-notch French brandy with dry and sweet vermouths with a splash of yellow Chartreuse for a lasting herbal finish.
This post is sponsored by St-Rémy Signature.
You’ve likely enjoyed a St-Rémy brandy before but you may not be familiar with the distiller’s rich history. St-Rémy brandy was born of necessity and creative problem-solving. In 1886, the Rémy Martin vineyards in the Charente region of France were badly damaged by phylloxera. In search of raw materials, the very entrepreneurial Paul-Emile Rémy Martin II identified Machecoul where the “Gros Plant” grapes were similar to “Folle Blanche.” The same year, he set up a distillery to produce high-quality brandy. And so St-Rémy was born!
St-Rémy Signature is the latest creation from St-Rémy Master Blender Cécile Roudaut. With this blend, she wanted to shape a new face for brandy by exploring new production processes and new aromas, while continuing to respect St-Rémy traditions and its historically smooth profile. To do so, she opted to introduce a double maturation process.
The first maturation takes place in new oak casks using medium and high heat. These casks deliver spicy notes, indulgence, and vivacity. The second maturation takes place in traditional casks using high heat only. These casks round and soften the brandy, adding balance and sweetness, and assert the classic personality of St-Rémy Brandy.
On the palate, St-Rémy Signature is subtle and smooth like a Frank Sinatra song. Virgin woody notes are enriched with honey, nut and butter flavours. Fruity notes start fresh, and then become candied. Sweet spices create roundness and balance and make it ideal for holiday mixing.
Be sure to stir this cocktail for at least 20 seconds to get an appropriate level of dilution to prevent the Dasher’s Delight from being overpowering on first sip.
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This spirit-forward sipper showcases the complexity of St-Rémy Signature French brandy and combines it with herbal yellow Chartreuse, dry and sweet vermouths.