Did you know Hennessy recently announced their latest Hennessy 250 Collector blend? Hennessy believes that an excellent cognac starts with the wood barrels, and in this occasion, 250 handmade oak barrels that held the Hennessy 250 Collector blend. I had the opportunity to attend a rather exclusive dedicated gourmet pairing session, all set to unveil the perfect tasting experience at Brasserie Enfin the other day.
|Hennessy 250 Collector Blend Tasting Experience @ Brasserie Enfin|
Held at Brasserie Enfin Oasis Damansara, the dishes were curated by Will Quah, four dishes (2 entree, 1 principal plat, and a dessert) were served in individual portions, fine dining style. Will Quah welcomed guests to the venue of an opulent setting graced by countless decanters of the limited edition offering, an exceptional work of young designer, Stéphanie Balini.
|Introducing the Hennessy 250 Collector Blend|
The designer proved her singular command of the luxury codes while demonstrating a maturity that compels respect, perfectly demonstrated in the decanter that houses the blend born of the creative inspiration of seven generations of Master Blenders from the Fillioux family.
|Wish I could take this bottle of Hennessy 250 Collector Blend home|
The afternoon began as members of the media were led on a sensorial discovery of the Hennessy 250 Collector Blend. Guests were given a handful of saffron spice in a glass jar before being guided in a step by step process and enlightened on the history and making of the blend.
|Guests were given a handful of saffron spice in a glass jar|
The tasting was a unique experience around the blend as the saffron spice, a precious spice and an enhancer perfectly showcased the exquisiteness and complexity of the Hennessy 250 Collector Blend. The exclusive media preview and pairing lunch featured a four-course menu specially curated by Chef James Won.
|Chef James Won addressing the guests|
The first entrée was a dish of potato crisps, scallop with marmite, monkfish liver and bacon paired flawlessly with Hennessy X.O, which showcased the masculine characteristics of this generous cognac.
|Our food paired with Hennessy that afternoon|
|Potato crisps, scallop with marmite, monkfish liver and bacon|
Perfectly crispy skin snapper and lobster with crispy sago infused with saffron and lobster reduction, was served next, accompanied by Hennessy X.O. The pairing proved to be a refreshing take to the palate as the rich taste of seafood harmonised seamlessly with the delicate and fruity nuances of the cognac.
|Crispy skin snapper and lobster with crispy sago infused with saffron and lobster reduction|
Before principal plat of the afternoon was served, Chef James Won greeted member of the media and walked them through the thought process and inspiration behind the exquisite menu. Yam pillows, braised pork shoulder in tea, cashew, chili and saffron sable and truffle raisins ketchup was then served, paired with the Hennessy 250 Collector blend.
A rather sinful dish with full marks for presentation was no disappointment to taste. The rich and full-bodied texture of the meat enhanced the richness of the cognac, and left a wonderful persistence finish on the palate - combining the perfect balance of subtlety and complexity. Love it.
|Yam pillows, braised pork shoulder in tea, cashew, chili and saffron sable and truffle raisins ketchup|
As the lunch wound to a close, dessert of cashew, pandan chlorophyll, coconut textures and saffron Arborio pudding was served to be paired with Hennessy X.O. The flavours were a mouthful of spectacular texture and taste which brought a sweet ending to this 4-course lunch.
|Dessert of cashew, pandan chlorophyll, coconut textures and saffron Arborio pudding|
The elegant afternoon of fine cuisine, and good company was a pure testament to Hennessy’s 250 years of high standards and excellence. Hennessy is currently the global leader in cognac and the largest producer of cognac making up 40% of cognac sales around the world.
|Just me, enjoying my glass of Hennessy 250 Collector Blend|
|I just love to see how the cognac blend is poured out into the beautiful glass|
The Hennessy 250 Collector Blend is priced at RM2531.30nett and only available via order directly through Moët Hennessy Diageo. For further enquiry, please call (603) 2053 8688 or email them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.