#TravelTuesday: Legacy Cognac in Los Angeles

by Rita Cook on December 20, 2016 in Food+Drink, Travels,
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To drink or not to drink, when Hennessy is in question there is no other answer. You definitely want to a drink.Or should I say sip.Sip it slow to get the flavors and the experience of this unique cognac.

h8-outilsOn a visit to Los Angeles for the Hennessey presents Legacy Cognac HENNESSY 8, the evening began with a private viewing at the Please do Not Enter Gallery showcasing the new limited edition masterpiece created by Hennessy Master Blender Yann Fillioux. The evening was made even more special since the event was on the occasion of the official announcement of his nephew Renaud Fillioux de Gironde being named as the eighth generation of Hennessy Master Blenders.

The legacy of the name and the Hennessey 8 experience will certainly be as timeless as is the heritage of this brand. After all, the legacy cognac Hennessy 8 takes the past 250 years and puts it into one blend of perfection.

cadrages-60x802For dedicated cognac connoisseurs, Hennessy 8 began presenting the new blend in April with a mere 250 bottles of the limited edition being offered – never to be crafted again. The price, well, if you have to ask then you probably won’t be able to afford it. Due to its unique and historical nature, Hennessy asked the internationally renowned artist Arik Levy, a longtime friend of the Maison, to design an exceptional creation to showcase Hennessy 8.

To that point, the bottle is crafted in hand-blown Baccarat crystal.The Hennessy 8 carafe is truly a masterpiece of crystal-making savoir-faire. Its design features eight inset rings, an ode to eight generations of Master Blenders. Observed as a whole, this virtuoso composition is greater than the sum of its parts: in creating an impression of movement, it forms a tribute to the Maison Hennessy’s traditions of constant innovation and passing down a unique know-how from one generation to the next. A crystal stopper engraved with a floral motif reprises the notion of eight rings, while a copper silk thread around the bottle’s collar leads to a medallion sealed by a ribbon, a specialized technique perfected by Hennessy’s sister house, the Maison Guerlain.

Now fast forward to my recent trip to the Cognac region on a Uniworld cruise where the six exclusive cognac houses are found.A small group of us were shuttled to the region near Bordeaux for a day of cognac and song.While the Los Angeles experience sipping the smooth liquid was an enchanting experience overlooking the twinkling lights in one of the world’s most loved cities, being in the Cognac region and feeling the energy of the place only enhanced my love for this area of France more.

box_1340913bThe arrival of a new generation at Hennessey marks a milestone for the Maison Hennessy. The unbroken cognac-making dynasty dates back to the early 1800s, when James Hennessy chose Jean Fillioux as his Master Blender. It was in 2015 that Maison Hennessy celebrated 250 years of an exceptional adventure that has lasted for seven generations and spanned five continents. However, no matter where in the world you find Hennessey, its true roots also return to the French region of Cognac. It is the seat from which the Maison has constantly passed down the best the land has to give, from one generation to the next. In particular, such longevity is thanks to those people, past and present, who have ensured Hennessy’s success both locally and around the world. Hennessy’s success and longevity are also the result of the values the Maison has upheld since its creation: unique savoir-faire, a constant quest for innovation, and an unwavering commitment to “Creation, Excellence, Legacy, and Sustainable Development.” Today, these qualities are the hallmark of a House – a crown jewel in the LVMH Group – that crafts the most iconic, prestigious Cognacs in the world.