LARSEN AQUA IGNIS

Larsen aqua ignis

The first cognac aged in steam-toasted barrels

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.

Larsen Aqua Ignis bottle

HOW IS LARSEN AQUA IGNIS CREATED?

Our unique steam-fire process

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.

Steam barrel process
Larsen Aqua Ignis on ice

WHY THE NAME « AQUA IGNIS »?

The combination of fire and water, pushed to their limits

The steam-fire process used to create Aqua Ignis is unprecedented and legally protected. It makes Larsen Aqua Ignis a cognac like no other, outside of the typical cognac categories. It is also what gives it its name: “water” (aqua) and “fire” (ignis) in Latin, or the combination of water and fire, pushed to their limits.

HOW TO ENJOY AQUA IGNIS

A versatile cognac

Larsen Aqua Ignis can be enjoyed around any occasion. It is very expressive when served neat. On ice, it makes for an indulgent and gratifying consumption. You’ll find that the ideal ratio is 4:1. But Larsen Aqua Ignis is also great in cocktails! It makes for a superb Old Fashioned. In fact, as cocktails were popularly made with cognac in the 19th century, we wager that the first Old Fashioned cocktails were made with cognac. Here is what we recommend:

  • 2 ounces Larsen Aqua Ignis
  • 2 or 3 dashes of bitters
  • 4 large ice cubes
  • Just a little bit of sugar
  • Garnish: orange peel
Larsen Aqua Ignis old fashioned

TESTIMONIALS

What experts and consumers say about Larsen Aqua Ignis:

“This young and exuberant cognac offers the thrill of innovation with a remarkable taste.”

Michel Chasseuil,  Owner of the most prestigious private wine cellar in the world, France

“With a velvety appearance and delicates notes of mocha and vanilla, the result is a very successful cognac.”

Nicolas de Rouyn, French Journalist, Paris

“Truly an outstanding cognac!”

Germain Canto, Owner & Bartender of Bar Louise, Cognac

WHERE TO FIND LARSEN AQUA IGNIS

IN SELECTED RETAIL, BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Larsen Aqua Ignis is distributed in selected retail, bars and restaurants in France, Belgium, the UK, Norway and the US. Looking for Aqua Ignis close to you? Don’t hesitate to write to us on social media!