THE WATER OF LIFE
HENNESSY PARADIS IMPERIAL
The Hennessy Paradis Imperial,
put together with the water of life “eaux-de-vie” that has an average age of 30 to 130 years, embodies the pinnacle of the Hennessy’s art of selection.
Reigned as the undisputed king of cognac, Hennessy has recently launched the ultimate luxury cognac “Hennessy Paradis Imperial”. This precious cognac, put together with more than 100-year century water of life “eaux-de-vie” that has an average age of 30 years to 130 years, embodies the pinnacle of the Hennessy’s art of selection.
– This legendary cognac was first commissioned by the Dowager Empress of Russia as a gift for her son, Tsar Alexander I at his 42th birthday on the Christmas Eve of 1818. When the Master Blender, Yann Fillioux, exclusively selected the most precious eaux-de-vie in the Hennessy family’s wine cellar collection and it became the blending for this cognac. In an entire harvest, only ten out of ten thousand eaux-de-vie on average are deemed worthy of entering this blend.
– Two hundred years later, the House of Hennessy still follows the secret recipe of their predecessors and recreating this rare and ageing water of life to blend the finest cognac for the royals. The eaux-de- vie are aged in ancient oak barrels, and meticulously blended with few individual eaux-de-vie to create this exclusive cognac with lingering taste. The cognac, in a subtle oak colour, continually revealing delicate floral essences of jasmine, orange blossom and other flowers. The craftsmanship of the Master Blenders has been passed from generation to generation, and today it has been passed on to the House of Hennessy’s eighth-generation member, Roch Hennessy, so the House of Hennessy could continue to curate the eaux-de-vie.
– The House of Hennessy is well- versed that only a unique decanter can pair with this premium spirit and has asked commissioned Israeli artist, Arik Levy, to design a new crystal-cut decanter for the Hennessy Paradis Imperial, showcasing this precise, elegant and artistic treasure. The whole bottle was made with crystal. The artist created a decanter with a faceted design with curves intertwined with lines that capture subtle variations in lighting to enhance the colour of the cognac. There is a hand-carved stopper, hand- painted palladium alloy bottleneck as well. Every detail, from handcrafted sculptures to polishing was so harmonious and elegant.
– The Hennessy Paradis Imperial’s wooden gift box was also in exquisite packing. Inspired by tasting notes, the elegant oak is reminiscent of the aged of the eaux-de-vie in the oak barrel. The box, decorated with brass hinges and knobs, is like reading a fascinating chapter of a book when one opens the box. There is also fine detail in the inner design with the use of a smooth mirror to create a deep sense of layers. The elegant design symbolises the persistent pursuance of water of life of the Fillioux family from generation to generation.