Santé! We all had a great time sipping through the Park Cognac lineup with the lovely Naomi Schimek at the always gorgeous Social Costa Mesa.
Naomi guided us through the history and regulations of Cognac and shared the exceptional artistry of the Park brand. We tasted several expressions with broad differences due to aging.
Courtesy of Naomi, here are some resources to explore further:
BNIC website -It is very comprehensive and full of official information from the Cognac Board – if you dig deeper into the site a little there are some great interactive maps as well:
We had some great drinks courtesy of Mike West of Social as well as Naomi:
by Mike West
Park Vs Cognac, Rhum Clement, Smith n Cross, Becherovka, Kalani Liqueur, Banana Oleo, Lime Juice, coconut Water, Fennel Bitters and Pineapple Juice.
Maison Manor (stirred)
by Mike West
1 1/2 oz Park VS
1/2 oz Rittenhouse Rye
1/2 oz Gran Poppy
1/2 oz Zucca Liqueur
One dash Chocolate bitters
Punt e mes rinse
Orange County Suite
Created by Naomi Schimek
2 oz. Cognac park VS
.75 oz. Rooibos tea syrup
.75 oz. lemon juice
1 oz. jasmine/ sandalwood scented egg white*
Prepare in the style of a traditional egg white sour: dry shake, cold shake. Served up in a coupe, garnished with a dehydrated lemon wheel. *If you have the time, the best way to scent egg whites are overnight. Wash and dry the eggs and place into a paper towel lined Tupperware with an airtight lid. Drop essential oil onto the paper towel and, as the eggs’ shells are permeous, over a 24-36 hour period the eggs inside will be scented. Always use food grade oils. Then separate all the whites from the yolks and funnel into a bottle for speed pouring!
Our educational topic for the evening was a very special treat! OCBC member, Michael Patrick Rooney shared a personal history and some great research on bitters as a digestive aid. Michael covered the historical use of bitters for their medicinal properties and discussed how their uses apply today to aid digestive ailments and promote a healthy gut!
Our next meeting will be on Monday, May 4th at 7pm. We will be changing up our format and doing an intensive spirits tasting & analysis.
As always, to maintain the quality of service, presentation, space, food and drink we have a limited capacity for the meeting and must insist on RSVPs. Please get your RSVP in early and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know if something comes up so we can make your spot available to someone else if you can’t make it.
Hope to see you there!