Hennessy Paradis Impérial Featured

Elegant, subtle and beyond comparison – an accomplished cognac and a masterpiece of balance

by 01 December 2011

Only the finest eaux-de-vie dating back to the 19th century are blended in Hennessy Paradis Impérial, sourced from the Founder's Cellar, where Hennessy has stored the most precious eaux-de-vie since 1774. Master blender Yann Fillioux describes his passionate creation as a “cognac unlike any other thanks to its elegant, subtle sophistication.” Yann Fillioux conceived the idea when studying the notes and writings of his ancestors. It was almost 200 years ago that no less a figure than Maria Feodorovna, Empress of Russia, placed a special order for a cognac of the very finest quality to celebrate the birthday of her son, Tsar Alexander I. James Hennessy entrusted Jean Fillioux, ancestor of today's cellar master and master blender Yann Fillioux, with the exclusive order. The result was an assemblage that was convincing in every respect. Inspired by his forerunner's imperial creation, Yann Fillioux wanted to revive the incomparable and majestic character of the red-gold-coloured ambrosia.

For seven generations the name Fillioux has been associated with the outstanding quality that has characterized Hennessy’s cognacs for centuries. Yann Fillioux's ambition and perfectionist approach have paid off. The finesse of the aromas of the Paradis Impérial tickles not just the palate, but all the senses - with a subtlety originating in the carefully aged eaux-de-vie. Thanks to the maturation in traditional oak barrels, they emanate a gentle hint of oak while unfolding the aromas of jasmin, orange blossom and other fruity notes, spiced with smoky nuances to pleasantly balance the freshness of the floral aromas. The long enduring finish is a revelation, given the delicacy of its texture. Only the rarest cognacs achieve such endurance. To hold the precious liquid, designer Stéphanie Balini created an equally precious crystal decanter, its faceted surface crowned with a crystal cabochon and adorned with an 18-carat gold-plated label. Each decanter is unique and individually numbered. Hennessy Paradis Impérial is pure indulgence.

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