The Spirits are Calling. Will you answer? Join us July 15-19, 2015 as the international spirits community answers the call, returning for another spirited round of Tales of the Cocktail®.
Wednesday, July 15 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Discovering The Flavors of Cognac

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Have you ever wondered what it goes into the making of Cognac? What it would be like to trace this unique spirit from the moment of its birth through the full maturation process, then onto its ultimate expression? Well, now you can...

Join Cognac Educators Ms. Franky Marshall, Hoke Harden, Alexandre Vingtier, and Distiller Allen Katz for an in-depth exploration of this timeless Eau-de-Vie from inception, through different levels of barrel maturation, and finally, into the bottle.

We will offer a unique tasting of the Heads, Hearts, Seconds and Tails, see how they differ, and learn the importance of the Master Distiller’s craft. We will examine the effects of terroir and the region's viticulture. Then we will focus on the Cellar Master's work, the aging and blending of the heart of the distillation to see how it ultimately matures into a spirit for all seasons.

You will be offered an array of specially selected Cognacs of contrasting styles, ages, and Crus to taste side-by-side. To help awaken your senses, you will be provided with a variety of fruits, flowers, herbs and spices designed to stimulate your palate. Taste, compare, and discover the intricate combinations of aromas and flavors in the glass.

You will leave this seminar with a deeper knowledge and understanding of the category, a new outlook on Cognac's myriad flavors and versatility, and an invigorated vision of how to combine elements to craft the perfect Cognac cocktail.

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ms. franky marshall

Franky is a New York City hospitality industry veteran. Having worked as a Bartender and in various other front-of-house positions at establishments across the spectrum has given her a great deal of experience to draw on. She was introduced to this rarefied cocktail world when she... Read More →

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Hoke Harden

Owner, Taste & Compare Academy
An enthusiastic lover of wine and spirits, Hoke Harden left a career in academia to follow his other muse for the last 35 years, trekking around the world to the great producing regions. Recently referred to as a veritable walking omnibus of wine and spirits knowledge, he has experienced... Read More →
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Allen Katz

Co-Founder, New York Distilling Company
Allen Katz is the co-founder of the New York Distilling Company in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where he produces Dorothy Parker – American Gin, Perry’s Tot – Navy-Strength Gin, Chief Gowanus – New-Netherland Gin, Mister Katz’s Rock & Rye…and Ragtime Rye. He is also the Director... Read More →
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Alexandre Vingtier

French Spirits Consultant & Author
Alexandre Vingtier is a French spirits consultant & author and judge at numerous spirits & cocktails competitions worldwide. He works with distillers, blenders, bottlers, retailers, bartenders, sommeliers, chefs and even noses, and has visited hundreds of distilleries around the world... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
Grand Ballroom North at the Royal Sonesta Hotel 300 Bourbon Street New Orleans, LA 70130