Interview: Hennessy’s Former Master Blender Yann Fillioux

Insight from the masterful cognac producer who has stepped down after 50 years

In the spirits world, there are master blenders and then there is Yann Fillioux, who has been with cognac powerhouse Hennessy for 50 years. On his first day of work (3 October 1966) he was just 19 years old. A seventh-generation Hennessy blender, Fillioux has tasted cognac nearly every day of his professional life and he’s responsible for two of the world’s most coveted liquids, …

Microsoft HoloLens + Rémy Martin’s “Rooted In Exception” Mixed-Reality Experience

A tech giant and an iconic cognac brand join forces to educate about distilling

by Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick Cognac is perhaps the most luxurious of brandies. It’s a wine that few would choose to drink before it’s twice distilled and matured in French oak casks, where it transforms into a nutty, smooth and refined spirit. While the methodologies involved in creating cognac are timeless, there are new experiences related to consuming the drink, and Rémy Martin is eager to …

Pierre Ferrand’s Exemplary Double Cask Reserve Cognac

Alexandre Gabriel's latest spirit defies expectation and emboldens a historic category

Imaginative isn’t the first word that comes to mind when sipping most cognac. In fact, it’s fairly far afield from the traditional descriptors. And yet Alexandre Gabriel, proprietor of Maison Ferrand, continues to demonstrate a knack for unleashing products within the category that defy expectation. His latest, Pierre Ferrand Double Cask Reserve Cognac sees a unique double-aging process—first in French Oak Cognac barrels and then …