For the ultimate send-off to one long, trying year (not to mention a rousing welcome to new beginnings), we’re much more in the market for a refined glass that melds comforting, festive spiced fruit notes with a much-needed kick.

Turning our gaze towards the more exalted end of the Hennessy portfolio, it totally encapsulates the steadfast know-how of Cognac-making passed on for over a quarter of a thousand years. For the ultra-discerning, of course we’re talking about Paradis Impérial and Richard Hennessy. 

Paradis Impérial is particularly exemplary of the sophisticated art of Hennessy’s selection — where only 10 out of 10,000 handpicked eaux-de-vie are identified as worthy of joining this masterful blend. As a testament to the master blender’s savoir-faire — honed across eight generations of expertise — Paradis Impérial is characterised by its elegance and light chestnut hue, achieved as a result of using mature oak casks. It’s beloved for its incredible delicacy, with fresh floral notes comparable to a summer’s day, finished with a smoky, spicy end.

Richard Hennessy

Beyond this, you’ll also find Richard Hennessy — named after the forefather of the Hennessy dynasty itself. Reimagining Hennessy’s rugged roots as an Irish military officer, this bottle personifies the man’s legacy as a culmination of 250 years of Cognac-making history. Its powerful flavour profile is also representative of its namesake, characterised by the ideal balance of spiciness and sweetness thanks to blending a collection of over 100 of the best eaux-de-vies. It’s a Cognac that captures the adventurous spirit, aptly translating its founder’s relentless attitude towards weathering difficult journeys and conquering challenges. It’s a Cognac we could all use, come the tail end of an arduous year.

If you’re eager for a taste, you’ll definitely need the right setting to do so. Upon any purchase of selected Hennessy Rare Cognac Collection, guests can now also enjoy a luxury meal pairing at The Ritz-Carlton’s two-Michelin-starred Tin Lung Heen until February 2021.

As for crafting your own toasting tradition? We’re confident that at first taste, Paradis Impérial and Richard Hennessy instantly become worthy contenders for a new ceremonious practice — to clink glasses only with the finest Cognacs on offer, that is.

Hennessy’s Paradis Impérial and Richard Hennessy are available at Liquid Gold and Rare & Fine Wines across the city.

Evelyn Lok
Managing Editor
When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. At Lifestyle Asia she covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.