Hennessy and ‘Galerie’ Host Special Tasting During Art Basel Miami Beach
Hennessy and Galerie Host Tasting During Art Basel Miami Beach
Hennessy joined Galerie during Art Basel in Miami Beach to invite special guests aboard a beautiful Sanlorenzo yacht to celebrate and experience the rarest cognac, Hennessy Paradis Impérial. Just across from the world-renowned Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), the intimate gathering allowed guests to taste the fine cognac and mingle with the evening’s guest of honor, Mr. Maurice Hennessy, the eighth-generation descendent of Richard Hennessy, the Irish Jacobite military officer who founded the brand in 1765.
“Cognac is always a harmonious blend of dozens, if not hundreds, of eaux-de-vie produced during many vintages,” said Mr. Hennessy. “This harmony is created by the master blender, who knows how to marry different cognacs to create a perfect product like a composer marries dozens, if not hundreds, of musical instruments and creates a symphony.”
Hennessy Paradis Impérial is a contemporary blend crafted by Hennessy’s former master blender Yann Fillioux, whose family has honed and protected a selection of eaux-de-vie for 250 years. Its signature is a mix of jasmine and orange blossom aromas, with a subtle smokiness to the taste, a richness that derives from the incredible consistency of the process by which the eaux-de-vie are chosen. During this process, the master blender and eight handpicked tasters (the comité de dégustation, or “tasting committee”) test some 10,000 eaux-de-vie each year at Hennessy’s headquarters in Cognac, France. Of these only a handful are selected for Paradis Impérial, a testimony to its superior quality.
Responding to a question about how Hennessy remains contemporary, Mr. Hennessy said, “Paradis Impérial was created in 2011 because it was corresponding to the generation of the young millennials.”