THE WORLD OF WINE AND SPIRITS

The World of Wine & Spirits from HEMANT SINGH

Beverages are potable drinks which have thirst-quenching, refreshing, stimulating and nourishing qualities. By refreshing, one means the replenishment of fluid loss from the body due to perspiration. Simulation results in increase of the heart beat and blood pressure. This is due to the intake of spirits (alcohol) or tea (thein) and coffee (coffein). Nourishment is provided by the nutrients in the beverages, especially fruit juices. Most of the beverages supply energy in the form of sugar or
alcohol. They also provide other nutrients like mineral salts and vitamins. For example, milk gives calcium and citrus fruits give vitamin C.
Generally, people drink for one or more of six reasons; to quench thirst, to get drunk, to enjoy a social setting (social drinking), to enjoy the taste of the beverage, to feed an addiction (alcoholism), or as part of a religious or traditional ceremony or custom (proposing toast).

What does a $22,000 cognac actually taste like?

Want to feel the warm, gently percolating inner glow of a fireside cognac this Christmas? If a bottle of Remy Martin VSOP for $35 is just très ordinaire, why not make a splash with a bottle of Remy Martin Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6? At $22,000 a bottle (sales tax not included), however, you may need to take out a mortgage. After 100 years in the cask, and seeing out the careers of four different cellar masters, the cognac cask was dusted off in 2009 by cellar master Pierrette Trichet.

Three years later in 2012, she declared that the cognac had reached perfection and the cask was tapped to produce just 738 decanters. This particular decanter is 460 of the 738 available. Cellar master Pierrette Trichet, checks the quality of a cognac barrel. Cellar master Pierrette Trichet, checks the quality of a cognac barrel. The 42,6 represents the 42.6% alcohol that makes up the blend — the comma in the decimal place marking out its European provenance. St. Regis Atlanta bought the bottle, made of black Baccarat crystal with a rose gold neck band, back in 2012. Source: CNN.com

HENNESSY COGNAC NAMED WORLD’S TOP PERFORMING SPIRIT BRAND

Hennessy, the world’s best-selling Cognac, has just emerged as the number one performing global spirit for 2014, according to UK-based International Wine and Spirit Research group (IWSR).
Hennessy, which has consistently posted growth for the last 50 months, has been recognized by the IWSR as a top 3 global brand since 2012. Earning the #1 spot on the annual list is especially exciting as the brand celebrates its milestone 250th anniversary this year.
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HENNESSY MARK 250TH ANNIVERSARY WITH ULTRA-RARE COGNAC RELEASE

Hennessy celebrates two and a half centuries of excellence, international expansion, and visionary passion with the release of an ultra-rare Cognac, Hennessy 250 Collector Blend. The distinctive Cognac is the product of eight generations of the Hennessy family’s savoir faire, along with exceptional blending and aging born of the creative inspiration of seven generations of Master Blenders from the Fillioux family.
“The Hennessy 250 Collector Blend is a tribute from the present Master Blender Yann Fillioux to his predecessors and marks a crowning achievement of his illustrious 50-year career,” said Rodney Williams, Senior Vice President, Hennessy, Moet Hennessy USA. “It is a testament to the progressive vision and dedication to excellence that has made Hennessy endeared the world over.”
Hennessy 250 Collector BlendAvailable nationwide in the US, Hennessy 250 Collector Blend is an expertly assembled blend of eaux-de-vie selected to achieve a harmony between power, vivacity, and elegance. Yann and Hennessy’s Comite de Degustation (Tasting Committee) drew from the full Maison Hennessy Reserve to hand select eaux-de-vie with subtle nuances, most notably those that exhibit the lightest wood influence.
“The Hennessy 250 Collector Blend is my way of transmitting heritage to future generations,” said Yann Fillioux. “Blending the very best eaux-de-vie in the Hennessy Reserve to make a Cognac that is absolute happiness, and the inspiration is simple: beautiful, elegant, subtle; all wonderful characteristics for a Cognac to possess.”
A different approach was taken for the finishing of this special anniversary Cognac, yielding distinctive notes and flavors that will never be replicated. The blend completed its maturation by resting for five years, longer than any other Hennessy expression, in 250 specially crafted barrels of 250 liters each, stored at ground level near the banks of the river Charente in Cognac, France. As a result, the rich and expressive aromas are lively and spicy, with notes of bitter orange, fresh nutmeg, licorice, dried peppermint and saffron that unfold with spicy complexity and bold flavor.
Each limited edition bottle (1-liter, $600) is enclosed in a specially designed gift box with a graphic silver map on a luxurious copper metallic surface, evoking Hennessy’s 250-year adventure of crafting the future since 1765.