ENIGMA OF JEAN-JACK SOFT BLEND
Enigma of soft blend: how to become a legend at the birth of Jean-Jack cognac
When asked “What should be the cellar like for the cognac to reach the perfect ageing?” Alef-Vinal’s technologists answer jokingly – “It should be closed”.
Of course, no master will give away all the technological secrets, but we still managed to figure out how the creators of Jean-Jack cognac succeeded in achieving such an incredible softness of the drink.
One of the key factors behind the softness of Jean-Jack cognac was the use of unique grape crops for the production of cognac distillates. The first such crop was received in 2012. The company’s technologists have long been waiting for it to be included in the formulation of new blends. Expectation really paid off. It became possible to achieve the desired level of softness of the drink from seasoned spirits aged before 2017.
The second factor that played an important role in creating an incredibly soft blend was the use of oak casks made from the centennial oak wood. The wood, saturated with special flavours, gave the cognac a velvety tone, making it even softer. Softness is conveyed both in its flavour and in aroma.
According to sommeliers, the new Jean-Jack is drinkable in a specially soft manner. It does not have any foreign notes, only a round velvet flavour with chocolate and vanilla tones and a fraction of peach and grape aftertaste.
To make sure that each batch uses only new soft blends from unique crops, employees of the company developed a special seal that is put on the bottle’s label. The centre of the seal displays information about the number of years of cognac spirits’ aging in oak casks. Therefore, you can always calculate the year of the crop used to produce each of the blends.
Raised/embossed elements of printing ensure the authenticity of the drink and the use of the new formulation.