One night with Hennessy

Sometimes, you receive an invitation that you can’t simply say no to. You pack your luggage filled with mostly fancy dresses and you jump on a plane. This is how I ended up last week at the chic Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver, to attend the Hennessy Prestige dinner.

Let me start by saying that this dinner wasn’t your regular media event where you drink two glasses of wine and make small talk before going back home. It was a unique experience that turned into a true feast for my senses and my mind, and also reminded me of something I didn’t really forget: damn, I love expensive things. I mean, I wish it was everyday that I could try a cognac listed as $3,000 the bottle before sipping a glass of Dom Perignon Rosé like it was the most natural thing in the world.



Upon our arrival, we were greeted with a Sakura Sour cocktail, made with Hennessy VS, plum wine, lemon, maraschino liqueur and salted cherry blossom. The drink was the perfect ice breaker to allow the other guests and I to start introducing ourselves one to the other. After an agreeable chat near the fireplace -yes, it is still chilly in Canada- we moved to the salon to enjoy a glass of Hennesy XO. For your information, it takes a blend of more than a hundred different cognacs between 10 to 70 years old to create one single bottle.

What followed after was a pure moment of bliss for any foodie who is into sensational spirits and champagne (me, me, me!). We sat down for a five course meal where we had the chance to taste, in the following order, a glass of Hennessy Paradis, Hennessy Paradis Imperial and Richard Henessy. The first one tastes like honey mixed with delicate spices when its brother the Imperial is more on the floral side. The true star of the tasting was obviously the Richard, a precious cognac that Hennessy describes has “something that cannot be explained, but simply must be understood.” Sorry folks, but they are right!

At this point of the night, I was already floating on my happy cloud – and maybe less stable on my heels- when they brought to the table bottles of Dom Pérignon Blanc, followed by bottles of Dom Pérignon Rosé. Oh my, if I am not the kind of girl who is really into rosé – dear wine, pick a side- I definitely have a hard time saying no to any champagne from a grande marque.

The night naturally came to an end and I left to go back to my room, glad that I have spent a night enjoying one of the best pleasure in life: some damn fine cognacs.

Thank you Henessy!