The Cognac Show to become virtual event for 2020

The team behind The Cognac Show plan to take the event online with Cognac tastings and a cocktail masterclass.

The first Cognac Show took place in London in April 2018 but the third edition, The Cognac Show 2020, can’t take place in the same format because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Instead the event will take the form of tasting masterclasses hosted by Dawn Davies MW, head buyer at The Whisky Exchange.

Those wishing to “attend” will be able to purchase tasting sets from The Whisky Exchange website before the show, and taste along with Davies. Sets will include Cogancs from a wide range of houses that would otherwise have been exhibiting, from Remy Martin and Courvoisier, to the small, family-run Vallein Tercinier. Sets will retail at £24.95.

Bar Luciole co-founder, Guillaume le Dorner, who was originally due to host the cocktail bar at the Cognac Show, will also be hosting a cocktail masterclass all the way from Cognac in France.

There will also be “drop in sessions” on social media from some of the brands who would have been at the show, talking about Cognac, the rise of their brands and plans for the future.

The tasting schedule will be as follows:

Friday April 24, 5.30pm: Cognac 101 with Dawn Davies MW

Master of Wine Dawn Davies will guide attendees through the styles and categories of France’s most famous spirit, learning about how it’s made and what to look for in a bottle.

Purchase tasting set here: https://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/p/54601/cognac-101-virtual-cognac-show-tasting-set

Friday April 24, 6.30pm: Cocktail masterclass with Guillaume Le Dorner, Bar Luciole

Previously scheduled to showcase his Cognac cocktail-creating skills live at the show, Guillaume Le Dorner, co-founder of Cognac bar Luciole on the Charente River in Cognac, France, will be sharing the secrets of some of his favourite classic Cognac cocktails – the Sidecar, the Spitfire and the Cognac Old Fashioned. Join him to shake and stir a drink or two!

Cocktail kits to make each of his cocktails will be available from The Whisky Exchange website shortly.

Saturday April 25, 5.30pm: The Many Faces of Cognac with Dawn Davies MW

Davies aims to demystify Cognac’s complexities and lead viewers on a sensory journey through the diversity of France’s national spirit.

Purchase tasting set here: https://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/p/54602/the-many-faces-of-cognac-virtual-cognac-show-tasting-set

Saturday April 25, 6.30pm: Calvados 101 with Dawn Davies MW

The guest spirit at this year’s Cognac Show is Calvados, Normandy’s hidden gem. Fans can join Davies for a dive into this fruity spirit, understanding the styles, categories and flavours that combine to produce this “underappreciated and misunderstood” spirit, from orchard to glass.

Purchase tasting set here: https://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/p/54603/calvados-101-virtual-cognac-show-tasting-set

Those who purchase sets will be provided with a Zoom link, while the session will also be broadcast over Facebook live via https://www.facebook.com/thewhiskyexchange/

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