In the 19th century, when the modern art of the bar was born, no spirit was more prized for mixing drinks than cognac. Ferrand 1840 Original Formula represents our attempt to recreate the kind of cognac that the pioneers in the bars used during that period. Modeled on an extraordinarily rare 1840 bottle of Pinet-Castillon Cognac, and made with the blending techniques from this era, it is rich, concentrated and highly mixable, in the 1840s style.
Most Cognacs are 80 proof or 40% alcohol. Occasionally, a Cognac House will produce a higher proof Cognac. Higher proof Cognacs are generally more suited for mixing in cocktails than sipping. For example a few years back, Hennessy introduced Hennessy Black 86 proof (43%) specifically as a cocktail mixing Cognac. Louis Royer pushes it up a notch with “Force 53” a VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac that is 106 proof (53%)!
Pierre Ferrand’s Original Formula 1840 weighs in at 90 proof (45%). Original Formula, however is not a johnny come lately but is a Grand Champagne Cognac based on an original “three star” designated Cognac produced (the equivalent to today’s V.S. designation) back in 1840. The original bottle of Pinet Castillion Cognac on which Original Formula is based was blended and distilled for use as a mixer in cocktails.
About Cognac Ferrand
The Ferrand estate is located in the heart of the Grande Champagne growing cru, the most sought after appellation in Cognac. Pierre Ferrand’s 27 hectares are among the finest in Grand Champagne. Pierre Ferrand produces only Grand Champagne Cognacs or cognacs crafted exclusively from grapes grown in the chalky soils of the Grand Champagne Appellation d’origine contrôlée designation. The Logis d’Angeac is the Cognac Ferrand distillery which is located at the center of the family’s vineyards in Grande Champagne.
The Cognac Ferrand offices and blending hall are located at the Chateau de Bonbonnet in Ars in the Cognac region of France. The Chateau de Bonbonnet was formerly owned by the Martell Family and is now also where Cognac Ferrand’s Master Blender A. Gabriel resides.
Pierre Ferrand is producer of a wide-range of Champagne Cognacs, including, Pierre Ferrand Ambre Cognac, Pierre Ferrand Esprit des Dieux, Pierre Ferrand Cognac Selection Des Anges and Pierre Ferrand Abel Cognac.