Saint Augustine said that the world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page. The same applies to your palate and cognac. While we’re familiar with the known brands of cognac such as Hennessy, Martell, Louis XIII, and Remy Martin, it always pays to expand your tongue’s perspective. Thus, it’s only perfect timing that Hardy Cognac should roll into the Malaysian market now.
Founded by a British man who fell in love with France back in 1863, Hardy Cognac crafts rare and fine bottles of cognac. Not only do they focus on the importance of eaux-de-vie, but they also design what they refer to as the “haute couture” of cognac — this is evident with the cognac house’s collaborations with Lalique Crystal and Cristallerie Daum. These collaborations result in rare collectables that are as exquisite as they are expensive. One of the latest limited edition bottles that you should definitely add into your collection is The Four Seasons series, a bottle for each season. As of now, only the Spring and Summer bottles have been released — the Autumn one is slated for early next year.
As for the regular offerings from Hardy Cognac, the three main stars are the Hardy Legend 1863, Hardy XO Rare, and Hardy Noces D’Or. If you’re new to the brand, start off with the Hardy Legend 1863. It’s a tribute to its founder Antoine Hardy and the year that the brand was founded. The spirit is made of a blend of Petite Champagne, Fins Bois, and Borderies Blend. Unlike the cognacs you’re familiar with, this particular one has unusual cappuccino notes with hints of vanilla and a long finish.
The Hardy XO Rare, on the other hand, is not your regular XO cognac. While regular “extra old” cognacs are aged for six years, Hardy’s is aged between 20 and 25 years in limousin oak. The cognac is made of Fine Champagne, a blend of eaux-de-vie from two of the best crus — Grand Champagne and
Petite Champagne — in the Cognac region. The amber liquid is fresh with tinctures of rose petals, ripe dates, and cigar box scents.
The third and final offering from Hardy Cognac is the Noces D’Or, a special bottle made in dedication to significant wedding anniversaries, thanks to its blend of 50-year-old eaux-de-vie from the best cru Grande Champagne. The floral cognac has notes of lilac, candied cherries, and slightly woody notes. All in all, one can describe Hardy’s signature style of cognacs as round, mellow, and subtle. As the brand would say: “Maison Hardy prefers their cognac to be aromatic, light, and almost airy.”