Richard Hennessy is made up of more than 100 of the most exceptional eaux-de-vie, aged up to 200 years. Each one has been selected for its unique qualities. The finesse of the finished cognac is a testament to years spent slowly maturing in oak barrels. Balanced and complex, the rich bouquet slowly releases a succession of aromas that have built up over the years: vanilla, spices, pepper and delicately fragrant flowers. In the mouth, the infinitely refined texture reveals an extraordinary palette of flavours that blends spices, the subtle essence of ripe fruit and the finesse of oak. To savour the full flavour of this exceptional cognac is a privilege. Take a tulip-shaped taster glass, or a small snifter of the finest crystal. Ensure the opening of the glass is small. This will guarantee the gradual release of the aromas. According to Talleyrand, celebrated 18th-century French politician and illustrious customer of Hennessy, to enjoy a cognac such as Richard Hennessy one must “cradle the glass in the palm of one’s hand, swirl the spirit to release its full aroma, lift it to one’s nostrils, inhale deeply and then… set it down and discuss its virtues”.