CAMUS Cognac released their first Limited Edition VSOP highlighting an iconic city in the US. For this release, they partnered with local illustrator and artist, Nick Low, a native from Harlem in New York City.
On December 1st, 2021, CAMUS Cognac unveiled their VSOP Limited Edition at an exclusive, invitation only launch event held at Harlem’s historic landmark, The Cecil Steakhouse.
An A-list selection of approximately 75 guests consisting of local business owners, restaurateurs, community advocates, entertainers, and Harlem socialites were welcomed to the launch event with a CAMUS Cognac signature cocktail, then escorted to the red carpet hosted by Amber Lee Forrester for photos opps and interviews.
As guests filed in, they listened to smooth jazz music played by Harlem’s favorite DJ, DJ Jon Quick while sipping on their welcome cocktail, which was a spin-off of the Classic French75 cocktail garnished with pomegranate arils and served in a champagne flute. The cocktail was aptly named The Camus Renaissance 125.
The hosts of the evening were iconic Harlem natives, Tren’ness Woods-Black, known as The Queen of Hospitality, and Musa Jackson, who is affectionately known as Harlem’s Ambassador.
The hosts acknowledged Harlem staples, including Harlem Haberdashery and other local business owners and community advocates in attendance. The Queen of Hospitality and The Harlem Ambassador were magical on the stage, and their chemistry was electrifying!
Once the crowd was completely engaged, the hosts introduced Daniel Tindal, Sales Director for Camus Cognac US who took the audience on a journey through Camus Cognac, the key selling points, the tasting notes, the passion, the intensity, and why Harlem is the destination for the VSOP Limited Edition Camus Cognac culminating with a toast led by New York Market Manager, Henry Polanco. The toast was immediately followed by a bottle reveal and a 12-bottle parade. All eyes were on the bottles as the ambassadors executed the parade from one end of the dining area, ending at the front of the stage. Guests were in awe of the bottle, and everyone wanted to take one home.
For the last hour of the event, guests were treated to a live performance from independent, souljazz violinist and vocalist, Charisa the ViolinDiva. Before closing out the evening the hosts thanked Raphael Benavides, owner, and Bryan Perez, Manager of The Cecil Steakhouse and Minton’s Playhouse by gifting them with an engraved bottle of VSOP Limited Edition Camus Cognac.
CAMUS Cognac prides itself in being known as the most aromatic Cognac in the world. Holding true to tradition but innovating itself to be positioned as the go to brand for those seeking the finest things in life. Camus is a fifth generation, family owned, Cognac House founded in 1863 currently run by President, Cyril Camus. With a specialization and focus on the Broderies region in Cognac, the smallest appellation accounting for 5% of total production, and Camus being the largest landowner in the Cru. With the focus on the best quality grapes and terrier, unique distillation process and small – lightly toasted, fine grain French barrels – there is no mistake Camus is the most aromatic Cognac in the world.
Check out photo gallery of the event here.
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