It was all about Hennessy VSOP and their latest Privilege Collection 6 the other night when it was launched at TREC, KL, specifically over at Hacha Mecha and IKKI Bar. We were taken through a unique four-course dinner and cocktail pairing experience that truly elevated the Hennessy V.S.O.P drinking experience. The menu and specially-crafted cocktails were conceptualized by the team at Hacha Mecha and IKKI Bar.
|Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilege Collection 6 Launch @ TREC, KL|
To celebrate its second collaboration with renowned art director Peter Saville, Hennessy V.S.O.P curated an intimate cocktail and dinner experience that not only brought to life the vibrant hues of the Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège Collection 6 bottle, but also the rich, distinctive flavours of the liquid itself.
|The limited edition Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège Collection 6 bottle|
The unique menu paired Japanese flavours with the sweet, fruity notes of the Hennessy V.S.O.P through a selection of various classic cocktail adaptations:
Yakitori Tasting Platter
The first course was delectable, Chicken Tsukene, Chicken Thigh & Leek, and Mozzarella Balls paired with Horse’s Neck (Hennessy V.S.O.P, Ginger Ale, Angostura Bitters and Lemon Wedges). Love the flavours of the chicken and all.
|Yakitori Tasting Platter|
|Horse’s Neck (Hennessy V.S.O.P, Ginger Ale, Angostura Bitters and Lemon Wedges).|
Up next we had one of my favourite that night, the Wagyu Sliders, 100% wagyu patty complete with caramelized onions, and English mustard, paired with Side Car (Hennessy V.S.O.P, Triple Sec and Lemon Juice)
|Paired with Side Car (Hennessy V.S.O.P, Triple Sec and Lemon Juice)|
Truffled Wagyu Donburi
The third course was another meaty one, where they served me with more wagyu, Truffled Wagyu Donburi, a full blood wagyu with truffle salt, truffle scent and onset egg. Paired with Mint Julep (Hennessy V.S.O.P, Angostura Bitters, Mint Leaves), I couldn't ask for anything better.
|Truffled Wagyu Donburi|
|Paired with Mint Julep (Hennessy V.S.O.P, Angostura Bitters, Mint Leaves)|
“Cold Tuna Sashimi”
Dessert was a unique one. Named "Cold Tuna Sashimi", it wasn't exactly tuna, but more like watermelon mixed with wasabi ice cream and tuna flavour. Not exactly sure where the flavour came from though, but it was good. Taken with Hennessy on the rocks, a good end to the food pairing session.
|“Cold Tuna Sashimi”|
Guests were serenaded by the vocal stylings of Talitha Tan, one of the newest songstresses in the Malaysian scene, for which she played a variation of both original songs and unique covers of the current popular hits.
Following the four-course pairing, guests were invited upstairs to IKKI for specially-crafted cocktails by Lead Bartender, Mr Osmund Bernard. The cocktail session entailed a special masterclass session with Osmund himself who took guests through the inspiration and procedure behind each unique cocktail.
|Lead Bartender, Mr Osmund Bernard giving us a masterclass session|
|Us, at IKKI Bar|
The French Summer cocktail was available for that night only and featured a refreshing take on the Hennessy V.S.O.P flavours, giving guests a taste of summer in France as a tribute to the heritage of the Hennessy brand.
|The French Summer cocktail|
A Letter from Mr. Ikki took the spotlight of the cocktail session with its full-bodied, rich flavours and served as the perfect after-dinner drink. The cocktail brings out hints of oak and coffee, complemented with Ikki Chocolate Bitters that combine spices and herbs with chocolate. A Letter from Mr. Ikki is currently available on the menu at IKKI. The delectable cocktails were complemented by a musical performance from Daphne Charice.
|A Letter from Mr. Ikki|
The launch of the Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège Collection 6 celebrates the legacy of exceptional character through its collaboration with acclaimed British art director Peter Saville, who is renowned for his innate flair for colours and remarkable technique of re-contextualizing data as a visual and cultural language. The intimate evening brought this celebration to life by showcasing not only the vibrant personality of the brand, but also the versatility of the liquid itself through the cocktails and food pairings.