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says Fillioux.

Just 250 barrels of this anniversary Cognac

have been made, each holding 250 litres.

Smaller than the standard barrels used by

Hennessy, this bespoke size imparts more

wood in‹ uence to the € nished Cognac,

helping to create its rich, spicy character.

Presented in a stylish crystal decanter

designed by Stéphanie Balini, Hennessy 250

Collector Blend is available from Harrods,

Harvey Nichols and Fortnum ž Mason at

£360. Or sample it by the glass at the Blue

Bar at the Berkeley and Booking O� ce Bar ž

Restaurant at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.

In the mix

You can also celebrate Hennessy's

anniversary with a reinterpretation of the

classic Brandy Crusta cocktail. "This was

the € rst-ever and original brandy cocktail,"

THE HENNESSY

COLLECTION

Hennessy Very Special

Hennessy Fine de

Cognac

Hennessy X.O

Hennessy 250

Collector Blend

Hennessy Paradis

Hennessy Paradis

Imperial

Richard Hennessy

WHERE TO ENJOY

HENNESSY COGNAC

The Blue Bar at the Berkeley

The Berkeley, Wilton Place, SW1X 7RL;

020 7235 6000

Booking O­ ce Bar  Restaurant

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston

Road, NW1 2AR; 020 7841 3566

Old Tom  English

187B Wardour Street, W1F 8ZB;

020 7287 7347

A MATTER OF TASTE

Try these signature Hennessy serves at home

X.O RIVIERA

Glass: Wine glass

Garnish: None

Method: Fill the glass halfway

with ice cubes. Pour the

Hennessy X.O over the ice,

then add the water.

40ml Hennessy X.O

40ml water

HENNESSY CRUSTA

Glass: Tasting glass rimmed

with sugar

Garnish: Lemon twist

Method: Shake all of the

ingredients together over ice.

Strain into a glass and garnish.

45ml Hennessy Fine de Cognac

20ml orange liqueur

20ml fresh lemon juice

5ml Luxardo Maraschino

Cherry

5ml sugar syrup

3 dashes Peychaud's Bitters

promotion

explains Hennessy brand ambassador Max

Helm. Invented by New Orleans bartender

Joseph Santina in 1852, the Brandy Crusta

features in the seminal 1862 cocktail manual

The Bartenders Guide by Jerry Thomas, and is

considered a forerunner to a string of classics

such as the Sidecar and the Margarita.

The Hennessy Crusta is a mix of Hennessy

Fine de Cognac, cherry and orange liqueurs,

lemon juice and bitters that's perfect as an

aperitif or to € nish your night in style. Try

making one at home (see box for recipe) or

head to Old Tom ž English in Soho, where

expert bartenders are bringing this oldschool

classic bang up to date.

Future horizons

In true Hennessy style, the house is also

continuing to look to the future with an

innovative new serve that showcases its

‹ agship Hennessy X.O Cognac. Modern

and refreshing, X.O Riviera is a deliciously

simple way to enjoy Cognac that o© ers the

opportunity to discover or rediscover its

distinctive ‹ avours.

Tapping into the trend for lighter drinks

and less formal drinking occasions, X.O Riviera

is an easy-going mix of Hennessy X.O, water

and ice. It's simple to prepare and can be

imbibed anywhere at any time: from cocktail

hour at the Blue Bar at the Berkeley to a gettogether

at home with friends or after dinner.

From the dreams of Richard Hennessy to

the desires of modern drinkers, Hennessy

Cognac has made an incredible journey

over the past quarter of a millennium. But

whatever the next 250 years hold in store

for the house, you can guarantee that its

quest for perfection will continue. And we'll

certainly raise a glass to that.

A MATTER OF TASTE

Try these signature Hennessy serves at home

Fill the glass halfway

Hennessy X.O over the ice,

40ml Hennessy X.O

HENNESSY CRUSTA

Tasting glass rimmed

Lemon twist

Shake all of the

ingredients together over ice.

Strain into a glass and garnish.

45ml Hennessy Fine de Cognac

20ml orange liqueur

20ml fresh lemon juice

5ml Luxardo Maraschino

3 dashes Peychaud's Bitters

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