I have to admit, cognac or any kind of brown liquor is the last kind of liquor that you’d see me voluntarily drink. I’ve always found it, like sushi, as something that’s an acquired taste and personally, found it too harsh on my palate; but a few weeks ago a Bisquit experience invited a sweetened and new experience through their Women’s Dinner hosted by Bisquit Africa Brand Ambassador Xolisa Ndlala. The theme of the dinner was one of empowerment and a cultivated elegant experience, and the brand promised like their cognacs, that it would get Better with Bisquit.
Upon arrival, two cocktails were available to consume, a Chocolate Old Fashioned which comprised of the Bisquit VSOP (I really don’t like chocolate, even in alcohol) and the sweeter option of the Joie De Richese made with the fruitier Bisquit VS, Lime Juice, Sugar Syrup and Basil Leaves. Besides the cocktail’s lovely sweet taste, its ingredients were also something that one could recreate the cocktail at home with friends when hosting. Ndlala highlighted that the reason for the cocktails was also to introduce newbies to cognac like myself and the Biquit brand to women, exploring ways to make the brand inclusive to its drinkers.
Introducing the brand’s direction and his involvement in his new ambassadorship role, Ndlala addressed the ladies, who were from the sectors of financial services, technology and social development to advocacy on the brand’s drive to get more women to be knowledgeable about cognac and drinking more of it, as its still seen as a man’s drink.
True to the cognac experience and its roots, the dinner pairing experience was hosted at HeadQuarters (HQ) which is a Parisian-inspired steakhouse lounge located in Cape Town. The tasting menu was, for each course accompanied by a unique Bisquit product namely the VS, VSOP and the immaculate finish of the XO with the dessert, which even for a newbie like me can have it on the rocks and sip into it into the evening after a well deserved day, to celebrate or to relax.
With the right food pairing, the cognac experience was not as overwhelming as I thought it would be, and having the consumer education made it just as enlightening as I confessed in the first paragraph that my alcohol consumption is only limited to wine, champagne, gin and the occasional cocktail.
Thank you Bisquit for an incredible evening with great company, and great cognac – my first cognac bottle purchase has definitely been influenced.