End of the Year Bottle Party – Louis XIII and Remy Martin XO Reviews

On Saturday, January 6, 2018, Flight Club hosted its third annual “End of the Year Bottle Party” celebrating the end of the 2017 club year.

This year, Flight Club selected Louis XIII de Remy Martin and Remy Martin XO as the 2017 End-of-the-Year Bottles. We posted background information about each bottle and why each was selected this past weekend.

This year’s event was again held at All Things Barbecue (ATBBQ), a Wichita, Kansas business owned and operated by Don Cary, father of Club members Josh Cary and Jay Cary.

The evening featured an opening cocktail – a Sazerac cocktail, in its original style using Cognac instead of rye whiskey.   Our recipe include 2 oz. of Remy Martin 1738 Accord Royale Cognac, 3 dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters, 3 dashes of Angostura Bitters, a dash of simple syrup, and a Flight Club logo glass misted with Herbsaint (special shout-out to Friend of Flight Club Sam Blackard for the glasses).  The cocktail was garnished with a Flight Club branded lemon swath.

Delicious appetizers, french onion soup and desserts were provided by Club members, while ATBBQ prepared an entree featuring duck confit, smashed potatoes and leaks.

As the meal wound down, Stephen Netherton, last year’s Man of the Year, took the helm and bestowed numerous “honors,” highlighting many of the year’s comical moments. One of the awards goes to the “Man of the Year,” which recognizes a single member’s extraordinary accomplishments. This year’s Man of the Year award was given to Scott Hill.

Co-Founder Chris Crow presenting Scott Hill with the Man of the Year Award

Following awards, the gentlemen retired to a corner to finally enjoy the two selected pours.  While we provide tasting notes below based upon our discussions, we chose not to provide scores or notes on overall value.

Louis XIII de Remy Martin 

Nose:  Cigar box; plums; leather, almost like an old library; black grape skin; ground cinnamon; black cherry; tobacco; pine/evergreen; American maple syrup; a hint of metallic.  So rich and unique.

Palate:  Dusty yet oily mouthfeel; an initial burst of spice; syrupy, but not overly sweet; raisin; black licorice; cigar box and other earthy character; blackberry and raspberry; floral potpourri.

Finish:  Long but subtle. Cigar box and leaf tobacco; earthy with dirt and mushrooms.  Exceptional, but not the “hour long” finish promised by Remy Martin.

Remy Martin XO Excellence

Nose:  Welch’s Grape juice; sweet; a caramel, toffee, charred oak and vanilla extract character that is very bourbon like.

Palate:  Toffee; honey; all spice; white sugar; marshmallow.

Finish:  Toffee; honey; cinnamon sugar; peppermint; some earthy notes on the very tail end.  Stronger notes than the Louis but not as long.

A tremendous thank you goes out to ATBBQ and each Member and their spouses for the extraordinary amount of effort that went in to making this event exceptional.

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