Cognac is known to have one of the most refined distillery practises in the world—and yet, there are always new improvements, and fine adjustments to be made.
Certainly a contender for the rarest and most storied is Hennessy’s Richard Hennessy. A blend of the house’s most rare eaux-de-vie, the bottle is a capsule of 250 years of history from the cognac-maker. The deep-coloured amber sets the tone for the flavours inside: rich, full-bodied nutmeg; date; and soft fennel appear in extraordinary balance. Leather and tobacco leaf come onto the palate, as well—a full experience of what cognac should be.
Presented in a hand-blown crystal carafe with a very fine price of $4,680 in B.C., it’s certainly a beverage for a special occasion, and a special cognac drinker at that.