Larsen Aqua Ignis Cognac
Larsen Aqua Ignis is the first cognac in the world aged in steam-toasted barrels.
Larsen Aqua Ignis marks a special milestone for the Maison Larsen: each cask, made of traditional French oak, is plunged into hot water then toasted over hot fire, three times. This technique releases the most complex and finest aromas from the wood while keeping out undesired smoky notes, tannins and acidity. The result is delightful, with intense aromas of vanilla, toasted bread, mocha and brioche and a long and silky soft finish.
The spirit of exploration is in the DNA of Maison Larsen. Nothing captures it more than Larsen Aqua Ignis (A.I.), the first cognac in the world aged in steam-toasted barrels.
The eaux-de-vie that make up Larsen Aqua Ignis have been carefully selected from the Fins Bois and Bons Bois vineyards for their intense fruitiness. These eaux-de-vie go through a two-step ageing process. First, they are aged in traditional oak barrels. Once extracted, they are blended and taken into “Aqua Ignis III” barrels where they will continue their ageing at an alcohol degree of 50%.
This second ageing step is the most special. “Aqua Ignis III” barrels are a small batch of fine-grain French oak barrels with a capacity of 225 liters that have been exposed to triple brasero steam-toasting. Each barrel is plunged into hot water then toasted over hot fire, three times.