With D’USSE Cognac being kind enough to host their D’USSE Lounge here in Atlanta for the Falcons vs. Saints game last week, you would think that the Falcons would be considerate enough to actually win! Sheesh! Although that tragic game put a swift end to the Falcons’ perfect record, I can say first-hand that D’USSE and their friends at Cohiba Cigars sure know how to throw an amazing football fete.

Attendees at D’USSE Lounge, which took place at Scales 925 in downtown Atlanta, enjoyed a variety of D’USSE cocktails including The Perfect Pour, Sidecar, and The Vintage. I loooved the Sidecar! For whatever strange reason, cognac is on the intimidating side for some drinkers. If you happen to fall under that category (no judgement here), you should start off with a cocktail like the Sidecar whenever you’re ready to take the plunge into the wonderful world of cognac. It’s delicious.

I’m not much of a cigar smoker, but those partaking in a few puffs of the Cohiba cigars offered at D’USSE Lounge seemed to enjoy themselves.

Check out a few pics from the affair below, courtesy of Harrison & Shriftman.

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Following the launch of D’USSE in 2012, the Bacardi-owned brand has welcomed its first expression, D’USSE XO. Described as “a unique blend of meticulously hand-selected eaux-de-vie, aged ten years or more,” D’USSE XO is said to boast “flavor notes of ripe blackberry and apricot, layered with hints of dark chocolate and walnut.” Sounds like a boozy trip to Godiva Chocolatier. And that definitely works for me.

“Following the highly successful launch of D’USSE VSOP, there is an opportunity to lead the evolution of the Cognac category even further,” said Robert Furniss-Roe, President of Bacardi North America. “Consumers are fascinated with dark spirits and care more than ever about the quality and level of craftsmanship in the brands they consume. D’USSE XO is the response to that request.”

For a while the newly-introduced cognac was only available to the entertainment and cocktailing elite, but now you can get your hands on a bottle of D’USSE XO for a cool $230.

The Cap’n Welcomes New Captain Morgan 1671 Commemorative Blend.

Legend has it that Captain Henry Morgan lost five ships while traveling to Panama City, Panama in the late 1600’s. Among the ships he lost was his flagship, Satisfaction.

What was the point of that brief history lesson, you ask? Well, the new, limited edition Captain Morgan 1671 Commemorative Blend is inspired by the Satisfaction. In fact, Captain Morgan’s latest spirit is finished in Spanish Oak, which is said to have also been used in the barrels that were on board Captain Morgan’s doomed ship. Kinda cool, right?

Also cool is the fact that it’s one of few commemorative blends that’s affordable. You can get your hands on a bottle of Captain Morgan 1671 Commemorative Blend (750 mL) for only $19.99.

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If you happen to reside in Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New Orleans, or Houston, then you’ll soon be able to get your hands on the newly-launched D’USSÉ cognac. D’USSÉ initially debuted in New York City and then Washington D.C. last year and thanks to the success of those launches they’re ready to branch out to six new cities this year. The “Very Superior Old Pale” cognac began to work its way into the six markets mentioned above at the top of the year and will continue to expand into those cities throughout this month.

“We’ve been delighted by the incredible response to D’USSÉ cognac in New York and are now set to expand to additional markets,” said Giles Woodyer, VP Brand Managing Director of D’USSÉ. “Our goal was always to bring something new to the cognac category by offering a meticulously crafted and distinctly smooth new product, and I believe we’ve succeeded. We’ve been particularly excited that D’USSE has appealed not only to current cognac drinkers but also to a new generation of inquisitive drinkers that are appreciating the complexity and versatility of this brand. D’USSE lends itself to being consumed neat, but is also paving the way for a renaissance in cognac, with a mixability that is landing it onto the specialty cocktail list.”

Crafted in the cellars of the famed Chateau de Cognac in France, D’USSÉ is a VSOP cognac that takes pride in its bold flavor, smooth finish, and woody aromas.

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Late last week, some of the industry’s biggest names gathered at LIV nightclub in Miami to celebrate the launch of D’USSÉ VSOP Cognac during Art Basel. The D’USSÉ flowed heavily as Jay-Z (who also served as the event’s host), Beyonce, The Dream, Pusha T, and numerous other notables partied it up with the assistance of a seemingly never-ending supply of D’USSÉ. I’ve yet to sample D’USSÉ, but if it tastes as good as it looks then it’ll likely be a welcomed addition to the cognac world. The cognac is currently only available in select East Coast markets and retails for $44.99 (750-ml bottle).

There aren’t many things cooler than the power couple of all power couples sipping on Bacardi’s newest cognac kid, D’USSÉ. And while you’ve likely already seen a few of these pictures floating around on the internet, I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to showcase Jay-Z and Beyonce at their most Lushworthy. Despite the couple’s lowkey promotion of the new liquor, it’s still unclear what exactly Jay-Z’s involvement is with D’USSÉ, my guess would be spokesperson, but there’s definitely some kind of involvement going on there. D’USSÉ is currently only available in select markets, but the brand will hopefully up the ante once the holidays roll around.