When your cognac house turns 250, you kind of have to do something big. Hennessy has chosen to mark this milestone with the bluntly named 250 Collector Blend, a limited-edition bottling that brings together spirits from four different decades in one elegant bottle.
If we set aside the big anniversary, the 250 Collector Blend is really all about master blender Yann Fillioux. He started training at Hennessy when he was only 19 years old and he's now been with the company for 50 years. He's created some super limited cognacs before, including the Paradis Impérial and Richard Hennessy blends, but this blend represents a middle ground: It's a special blend that's still limited-edition, but it's not so limited that only a few dozen people will ever taste it. Think of it as the entry point to Hennessy's super premium offerings
Work on the 250 Collector Blend began almost a decade ago, with Fillioux creating a preliminary recipe from his then 40 years with the maison. He then blended enough cognac to fill 250 Limousin oak barrels, each of which held 250 liters. After marrying in these new casks, the liquid was pulled out, diluted down to 40 percent alcohol, and filled into 1-liter glass decanters with hefty metal stoppers, packaged in custom-designed display boxes.