How to enjoy cognac without getting drunk | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

GORGEOUS Chinese woman pours more Hennessy 250. PHOTO BY POCHOLO CONCEPCION
THE SPECIAL-EDITION Hennessy 250 blend comes only in 250 bottles.
THE SPECIAL-EDITION Hennessy 250 blend comes only in 250 bottles. PHOTO BY POCHOLO CONCEPCION



There are journalists who drink not for pleasure after work, but rather from the frustrations of their job.


GORGEOUS Chinese woman pours more Hennessy 250.
GORGEOUS Chinese woman pours more Hennessy 250. PHOTO BY POCHOLO CONCEPCION
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YOUNG crowd at Hyper Club in Guangzhou, China. PHOTO BY POCHOLO CONCEPCION

In our case, drinking has become part of our coverage of the nightlife, with beer as a personal preference, followed by red wine, and the occasional whisky or tequila.


Recently the French cognac brand Hennessy invited the Philippine media to Guangzhou, China, to attend its 250th founding anniversary.


The event, dubbed the “Hennessy 250 Tour,” featured an elaborate exhibit and exclusive tasting of the cognac’s special 250th year blend in Guangzhou’s Zaha Hadid Opera House, the first stop of the tour which includes Moscow, New York, Johannesburg and Paris.


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MAURICE Hennessy of the eighth-generation clan that founded the cognac brand. PHOTO BY POCHOLO CONCEPCION

The multimedia exhibit— which showcased Hennessy’s heritage interpreted by famous visual artists—was a stimulating experience. The heady mix of digital technology and traditional modes capturing Hennessy’s storied existence somehow attained a spiritual balance through Anton Corbijn’s photographs of the cognac distillery’s workers.


There was pomp and pageantry during a program that presented gorgeous Chinese models onstage clutching the limited-edition Hennessy 250 blend, of which only 250 bottles are available.


Also introduced to the media were the master blenders and tasting committee led by Yann Fillioux, and the Hennessy family’s eighth-generation member and foremost brand ambassador, Maurice Hennessy.

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PHILIPPINE media viewing the Hennessy 250 Tour at the Guangzhou Opera House. PHOTO BY POCHOLO CONCEPCION


Of the meal that accompanying the tasting, the cocoa salmon appealed most to our palate.


The cognac itself had a warm, calming effect, its aged fruit flavors settling on the tongue before the alcohol kicked into the throat.


HENNESSY tasting committee member Renaud de Gironde
HENNESSY tasting committee member Renaud de Gironde. PHOTO BY POCHOLO CONCEPCION

But we felt a bit anxious, worried about getting drunk as lady attendants kept refilling our glass more than five times.


Later that night, more cognac, the Hennessy XO, was ordered during dinner in a hotel and a visit to a club called Hyper. It was while hanging out at Hyper that Gio Robles, Moet-Hennessy Philippines marketing manager, whispered a valuable tip: “Take some fresh fruits while drinking so you won’t get drunk.”


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SYLVIE Yvon, member of a family of distillers working with Hennessy, photographed by Anton Corbijn for the exhibit. PHOTO BY POCHOLO CONCEPCION

Following his advice, we munched on apples, bananas and pineapple chunks while sipping Hennessy—first “neat,” then with ice, and lastly, mixed with Sprite.


True enough, there was no dizziness at all, except that, in a few more hours, we were ready to hit the sack after a long day.