In 1783, Martell was the first Maison to ship cognac to the United States. Today, Martell celebrates this history with another first: Martell Blue Swift VSOP Cognac, the first-ever spirit drink made of cognac VSOP and finished in bourbon casks. Through Martell's signature distillation process, the Eau-de-vie absorbs the rich aromatic tones of the bourbon cask. 40% abv Martell's distillation signature process – free of impurities – leave it open to absorbing the rich aromatic tones from the bourbon cask. The result is Martell's hallmark style – delicate notes of candied fruit and plum – complemented by the subtle sweetness of vanilla and toasted oak from the casks. Martell Blue Swift VSOP Cognac has a copper color with golden highlights. Gourmet notes of banana and caramelised pear introduce the subtle sweetness of vanilla, coconut and spices. It has a sensation of fullness and generosity with notes of ginger and candied fruit, followed by distinctive hints of toasted oak from the Kentucky bourbon casks. For years the swift has been an icon for Martell. Exceptionally smooth, with a rounded taste and unique character this redefines the boundaries. Enjoy on its own, over ice, lengthened with a mixer or as a cocktail, especially a Julep – the Mint Julep made with Martell Blue Swift.