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.”