Martell, the oldest Cognac house in the world (founded in 1715) has collaborated with the seductive and striking Mondrian London at Sea Containers to create the lavish Martell Suite, a unique pop-up experience in the luxurious private apartment suite of the hotel.
Setting out to inject curiosity and a sense of playfulness into the Cognac drinking experience, the charismatic and engaging brand ambassador Matthias Lataille will invite a maximum of 10 guests per session to explore Cognac from a fresh perspective. In showing its versatility beyond an after dinner digestif, the sessions will teach guess about the Cognac region and what makes it so special, as well as being given an insight into the Martell house and it's unique style, which makes for a lighter and more elegant drink.
Running for only two weeks from 26th April-6th May, the sessions will help to bust some of the myths surrounding the drink too, moving away from its image as a harsh spirit, or an old man's drink best served neat in a large glass.
Whilst what will actually take place in the Martell Suite is a closely guarded secret, I was able to establish that guests will redeem their room key at reception, before receiving a unique Cognac punch (not available at the bar) before being taken through a tasting session of special cognacs, cocktails, and food pairings.
An additional pop-up bar is also open on the ground floor of the hotel, from 5pm on Wednesdays to Saturdays for the next four weeks. Offering an opportunity to try six specially created Cognac based cocktails including the Gallienne Highball (£13), a long drink containing Martell VSOP, Aperol, Braemble, Lime and soda. For a twist on the Manhattan, the Concrete Sazerac (£13.50) combines Martell VSOP with bitters and absinthe. It's a strong, short drink. If you are in more of a celebratory mood, the Martinet (£22) combines Martell Cordon Bleu with maple, cardamom and Champagne. The Chanteloup Sour (£13.50) is also a great one, with bergamont, lemon and almond adding freshness and sweetness to Martell VSOP.
Running from 26th April-6th May at Mondrian London, Sea Containers, 20 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PD