For the legions of Hennessy fans out there, there’s a real headliner about to hit the shelves. But you’ll have to move fast–because this truly is a case of ‘when it’s gone, it’s gone!’
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Hennessy Master Blender’s Selection No.2 Cognac is the very last product to be created by the Cognac giant’s departing master blender Yann Fillioux. And for those who have even the tiniest bit of knowledge about Cognac, this is a guy who needs no introduction.
Hennessy fans will probably be aware of Hennessy 8, the Cognac that was a collaboration between Yann Fillioux and his nephew, Renaud Fillioux de Gironde, Hennessy’s current master blender. And at the time we all thought that this would be the very last Cognac that would have the hand of Yann in its creation.
Hennessy 8 is a super premium Cognac presented in handmade Baccarat decanter and hugely expensive, not to mention that only 250 were produced. So we’re delighted to see this final offering from Yann Fillioux will be one that’ll be in the realms of possibility for the many Hennessy lovers out there. And the bottle looks pretty slick too…
A genuine Limited Edition
OK, so the words, ‘limited edition’ tend to be far too liberally applied in many cases. But when it comes to the Master Blender’s Selection No. 2, it really is a truism. The great thing about such a limited run Cognac is that the master blender doesn’t have to worry about creating a taste that needs to be replicated time and time again–as with a regular release. Instead, he can use his ingenuity to experiment with components that are perhaps in short supply, and the result is completely unique.
‘No. 2’ is a single batch, cask strength Cognac made from a blend of eaux-de-vie that have been aged for a minimum of 10 years (so it’s an XO quality). The second in the ‘Master Blender’s’ series, this blend consists predominantly of Cognacs from Petite Champagne, and will really appeal to those who enjoy a warm aromas and spicy flavors.
In fact, it’s a perfect release for the fall, with a nose that teases with aromas of baking spices, dried fruits, and vanilla. On the palate it reveals tones of brown sugar, cinnamon, anise, and zest of citrus fruits. This evolves into black peppercorns, oak, and dark fruits, before lingering in an ultimately satisfying finish.
Hennessy know how much the US loves their Cognac. And to this end, the Master Blender’s Selection No. 2 Cognac will only be released here. It should begin appearing on the shelves by October 25 2017.
The bottle is delightfully minimalist. And the label has been designed by Parisian illustrator Ugo Gattoni.
Sources: Hennessy.com, robbreport.com