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Hennessy 250 Collector Blend Food Pairing @ Brasserie Enfin, Oasis Square

Hennessy 250 Collector Blend Food Pairing @ Brasserie Enfin, Oasis Square
17 Jul
3:28

Brasserie Enfin

Lot R-07, First Floor, Central Piazza, Oasis Square
No 2, Jalan PJU 1A/ 7A, Oasis Damansara, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Tel : 603-7832 2969
FB : Brasserie Enfin

Business Hours :
Mon – Sun

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Thanks to the wonderful invitation, I recently get to sample the Hennessy 250 Collector Blend in an exclusive 4-course gourmet pairing session at Brasserie Enfin, specially curated by Chef James Won.

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.

Will Quah welcomed guests to the venue of an opulent setting graced by countless decanters of the limited edition offering, designed by Stéphanie Balini. 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.

Since 2010, Yann Fillioux, together with his Comité de Dégustation (Tasting Committee), has been selecting eaux de vie from amongst the ones he has carefully chosen and matured throughout his 50-year presence in the Maison and have created a subtle and elegant, yet powerful blend for the occasion: The Hennessy 250 Collector Blend.

The 250 barrels that hold the 250 Collector Blend – entirely hand-made by traditional coopers from La Sarrazine, Hennessy’s cooperage – have been specially sized for the event and hold 250 litres (rather than the usual 270). Made of wide-grained Limousin oak, the barrels add just a touch of vanilla and toast, without overpowering the aromas of the eaux-de-vie. The eaux-de-vie have been previously aged in barrels for at least ten years under optimum condition in an ageing cellar near the banks of the Charente.

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We were led on a sensorial discovery of the Hennessy 250 Collector Blend in a step by step process and enlightened on the history and making of the blend. Guests were given a handful of precious saffron spice in a glass jar. The tasting was a unique experience as the saffron spice perfectly showcased the exquisiteness and complexity of the Hennessy 250 Collector Blend.

Tasting Notes of Hennessy 250 Collector Blend

Colour
This anniversary cognac is distinguished by a bright, warm shade of amber, which comes from the slow ageing of the eaux-de-vie and the successive blending processes.

Nose
Aromatic tones ranging from herbal to spicy give the 250 Collector Blend a remarkable voluptuousness, revealing notes of bitter orange and fresh nutmeg, liquorice, dried peppermint leaves, and precious spices such as saffron.

Palate
While exhibiting its power on the palate, this anniversary cognac also possesses a great elegance, with its wonderful persistence on the finish highlighted by a delightful nuance of spicy complexity.

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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.

Accompanied by Hennessy X.O, the crispy skin snapper was served next, along with lobster as well as crispy sago that infused with saffron and lobster reduction. The rich taste of seafood harmonised seamlessly with the delicate and fruity nuances of the excellent cognac.

The principal plat of our exquisite menu pairing was yam pillows and braised pork shoulder in tea, cashew, chili and saffron sable and truffle raisins ketchup. The rich and full-bodied texture of the meat enhanced the richness of Hennessy 250 Collector blend, and left a wonderful persistence finish on the palate – combining the perfect balance of subtlety and complexity.

Dessert was then served to complete our tasting experience, the perfect dish of cashew, pandan chlorophyll, coconut textures and saffron Arborio pudding paired together with Hennessy X.O. It was a mouthful of spectacular texture and taste which brought a sweet ending to this 4-course lunch.

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The Hennessy 250 Collector Blend is priced at RM2531.30 nett and only available via order directly through Moët Hennessy Diageo. For further enquiry, please call (603) 2053 8688 or email us directly at [email protected]

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18 Comments

    siennylovesdrawing

    November 26, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    a nice event with wonderful food pairing to the hennessy and also how to taste the real hennessy 🙂
    cheers, siennylovesdrawing

    Sunshine Kelly

    November 26, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Wow such a classy event with Hennessy 250 Collector Blend. The food are also very tempting.

    Isaac Tan

    November 26, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    such a high class event, where was I ?!

    Caroline

    November 26, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    I missed this one! And looks like it’s another great pairing session! <3

    http://www.carolinemayling.com

    Arisa

    November 25, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Looks like an enjoyable night of good food pairings with alcohol, too bad i cant enjoy alcohol anymore because i used to be a heavy drinker lol.

    Rane Chin

    November 25, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Will Quah! Lucky you had a fine dining with the handsome geekssss

    Jessytheklchic

    November 25, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    will quah always melts my heart 😀 😀 😀 hehehe. Looks like a beautiful event with amazing dishes. That scallop looks amazing!

    Jane

    November 25, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    My husband love to drink Hennessy too. Taste great.

    Rawlins GLAM

    November 25, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    My brother would kill for a session like this. Heheh.
    And the food looks very tempting too.

    Juneci

    November 25, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Wished I know how to appreciate wine without getting drunk 🙂 Thank you for sharing on the food pairings as well. I’ve learnt something today

    Miera Nadhirah

    November 25, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Interesting learning about food pairing… I however very rarely drink…….

    Kakalina

    November 24, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Never try to drink Hennessy pairs with dessert. It’s an interesting food review session. 🙂

    Janice Yeap

    November 24, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    my dad’s favourite.. if only i had the chance to try this with my dad. 🙂

    nurmisnan

    November 24, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    wow.. really expensive.. hohoho…

    if someone who love 250 handmade oak barrels that held the Hennessy 250 Collector blend.. they will love it..

    Betty Liew

    November 24, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    This must be expensive Hennessy. A good pairing of food with this Hennessy.

    Miriam

    November 24, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    This looks like an interesting event. I’m not a pro in alcoholic beverages but seems like each dish served was paired with that perfect drink

    Aliza Sara

    November 24, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Thats a really expensive drink. But i know an uncle who would LOVE this.

    sherry

    November 24, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    wow nice event on food pairing. How much alcohol did you drink that day?

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