For anyone who’s been avidly collecting the Hennessy Limited Edition collaborations with some of the most innovative artists in the world, you’re going to get an extra kick out this new release: Hennessy Privilege–a celebration of Hennessy VSOP’s 200th Anniversary, a Limited Edition in collaboration with artist Can Büyükberber.
Hennessy VSOP Privilege is, in 2018, a massive 200 years old. And this is tantamount to how great a blend it really is. It all came about in March of 1818, when the soon to be King of England, George IV, had a specially commissioned “tierçon cask of excellent quality old pale” presented to him by James Hennessy. And the masterminded blend created by the Hennessy and the Fillioux families that was to become the iconic VSOP Privilege was thus born.
What makes this Cognac so very remarkable is that since its inception the quality has remained unaltered. The secrets of the blend have been handed down from Master Blender to Master Blender, so you can be sure that when you open a new bottle today, you’re enjoying the very same blend that your ancestors did two hundreds years in the past.
The new limited edition carafe that we see today pays tribute to both its history and to ‘the future of mastery’. With the design very much in the here and now, thanks to the talents of futuristic visual artist, Can Büyükberber, it really emphasizes the theme, “Our heritage is our future”.
Büyükberber is a Turkish born artist based in San Francisco, California. He uses projection mapping and digital fabrication in his designs. For his project of Hennessy VSOP’s anniversary, his expression signifies the merge of the past, present, and future into a single graphic. This stands for the very same values of Hennessy–history sliding smoothly into modern times, and further into the future.
In addition to the limited edition carafe, Hennessy has also created a cocktail called The Timeless Mastery.
“The Timeless Mastery” Cocktail
- 2 oz. Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilege Cognac
- o.5 oz. Madeira
- 3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
- Dash Angostura bitters
- Orange twist & gold leaf garnish
Simply combine all of this (apart from the orange twist and gold leaf garnish) in a mixing glass over ice, stir, and strain into a rocks glass. Squeeze the orange twist juice over the top and garnish with the gold leaf.
Sources: Hennessy.com, prnewswire.com