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The Hennessy Paradis is indeed the most sensual facet of the classic Hennessy house. Dating back to the 19th century, the Cognac Hennessy Paradis is a Hors d'Age Cognac. This Cognac comes directly from Paradise, at least that’s what one could think reading the name. In fact, the paradis refers to the maison’s oldest and most precious cellar, where the cask of the finest eaux-de-vie are stored. In 1979 Maurice Fillioux, Cognac Master, curated the Hennessy Paradis. It is with this very collection, that the sixth generation craftsman created what can only be described as his very own symphony of notes. Within this blend, tributes are evidently made to the treasure trove of spirits that his ancestors had previously assembled. An extremely fine blend, Fillioux combined his ear for music and 30 years of artisan craft by fusing over 100 different eaux-de-vie to create a delicate melody of notes that will play upon the taster’s senses. Some of them even go as far back as 1880. By assembling a structure of notes from his grandfather's’ rarest collection, Fillioux has created this carefully refined Cognac.
As the largest Cognac producer in the world, Hennessy possess terroir in four of the grand cru regions including Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies and Fins Bois. With the largest reserve of eaux-de-vie worldwide, the choice of aromas means that this cognac house can create some of the most complex cognac blends. Matured in oak casks following double distillation in copper stills, the nuanced nature of the Paradis begins its life.
The Paradis exemplifies the beauty of simplicity; it is a refined Cognac that is certain to enrapture your senses on many different levels. Its floral character makes it the perfect starting point for those who wish to dip their toes into the fascinating world of Cognac for the first time. This is certainly a well kept secret of the Hennessy family and is one of a particularly precious blend. This is the first of the Hennessy Paradis collection, of which others editions have followed suit over the years such as the Hennessy Paradis Impérial and the Hennessy Paradis Horus.
A History of Hennessy
The legacy of Hennessy began in 1765, when Irishman Richard Hennessy decided to take it upon himself to creating one of the world’s finest Cognacs after serving in the French army under the command of Louis XV. Throughout its history, it has established itself as one of the leading cognac houses in its ability to innovate time and time again. During the nineteenth century, Hennessy pioneered the original VSOP cognac benchmark, after having been asked by King George IV to create a “very superior old Cognac”. It was also loved world-over in Russia and China, as French culture was transported to other worlds. Since Maurice Hennessy followed suit with the creation of the Extra Old (XO), Hennessy has since set the global standard for the classification of Cognacs. Now, the maison are in possession of the largest reserve of eaux-de-vie in the world, with approximately 350,000 casks. The master blenders have refined their techniques of blending through generations of heritage through the Fillioux family. Their goal now, is to continue innovating into the future by creating high quality blends popular with both young and older generations.
Paradis Limited Editions
The Paradis Cognac has been reinvented on a number of occasions. In 1979, Cognac master Maurice Fillioux assembled a symphony of flavors from his grandfather’s collection in the 19th century to create the Hennessy Paradis Extra. It arrives in a full bodied 70cl decanter which has become synonymous with the Hennessy Paradis line of Cognacs. There is the Hennessy Paradis Impérial, which is best known for its stunning crystal decanter designed by Stephanie Balini. The selection of eaux-de-vie was curated by the seventh Cognac Master, Yann Fillioux for the 2011 release. There is also the Hennessy Paradis Horus, released in 2012. This decanter oozes decadence; designed by Italian Ferruccio Laviani, it is in the shape of a golden flame and is gilded with a gold plate of 18 carats.
How to serve Hennessy Paradis
For the ultimate degustation, it should be served in a glass tumbler over ice, or at -15ºC which is also known as ‘givré’. If you are somebody who enjoys a distilled beverage, this is a great option as the cold temperature reveals unique bouquet of aromas and tastes, and is recommended to be enjoyed at dessert time.
Read our blog post about the rare versions of the Hennessy Paradis Cognacs around the globe, such as this bottle that was found in Nice, France and is now located in Norway.
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I was very fortunate to have an opportunity to enjoy this following an amazing meal with friends and family. The nose is quite delicious. It initially borders on being too sweet but truly opens up with each subsequent sip. On the palate, one finds an increasingly complex flavor profile that includes...
About Hennessy Cognac
You may think, that with Hennessy’s ability to innovate and push boundaries, they are a thoroughly ‘modern’ Cognac brand. This is a large part of their immense success and influence. The very French brand based in the Charente region, in fact, dates all the way back to 1765 - to Ireland - but have managed to shapeshift enough times to remain more relevant than ever before - with current Master Blender Renaud Fillioux. Their range of uber-trendy products is ever expanding, and their marketing campaigns all the more captivating. There is no doubt that ‘Henny’ culture is alive and kicking: both Cognac and a fifth of Hennessy are mentioned in what seems like hundreds of songs.
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