With Father’s Day fast approaching on the 20th of June, we’ve been contemplating ways to celebrate and indulge the important men in our lives. And while a bottle of his favourite tipple is always an excellent option, a gift set makes for an even more indulgent present.
Hennessy has marked the occasion by releasing a bespoke and limited edition gift set, in collaboration with a group of specialist retailers (Master of Malt, The Bottle Club and Majestic). It contains a bottle of the extraordinary X.O spirit, alongside two exquisite and timeless tumblers to be cherished for decades to come. The glassware boasts contemporary styling, with a solid base, created exclusively by Baccarat’s resident designer, Thomas Bastide.
An extra old blend
A blend of Eaux de-vie gives the beverage its deep amber hue and layered elegant flavouring. First created by Maurice Hennessy and Cellar Master Emile Fillioux in 1870, the ‘extra old’ cognac was originally a private affair. Imagined for the benefit of Hennessy’s own family and friends, it went on to receive international fame and birth a whole range of high-end blends. X.O was embraced by the USA market in the same year as its inception. But after making the journey to Shanghai and Hong Kong, it became a favourite tipple across Asia by the late 1800s too, before spreading its name globally.
A cognac for every occasion
Part of the beauty of this blend is its wide-ranging suitability and evergreen appeal. Renaud Fillioux de Gironde, the 8th generation Master Blender for the Maison Hennessy said: “Hennessy X.O is the cognac for every occasion. Its timelessness – the fact that its inspiration never changes and never bends to the whims of trends – means that it exists in a realm beyond fashion. As time goes by, we have noticed that people are appreciating a wider array of moments for tasting than they ever have before. Its versatility is what I think makes Hennessy X.O so contemporary and relevant today. It is the perfect gift for any refined spirit lover.”
Serve Hennessy X.O over ice, or by itself, in the accompanying glasses (whose shape is designed to bring out the cognac’s subtle aromas). The Father’s Day gift set is available from early June for a limited time only from Master of Malt, The Bottle Club and Majestic stores, RRP: £154.