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, …

In the Heart of Cognac, Hennessy

Exploring the facilities, characteristics and classifications of the centuries-old brand

When was the last time you had cognac? We ask this because, as with many other brown spirits, cognac consumption is on the rise in America. Perhaps it was in a classic cocktail—a Sidecar or a Sazerac or even an Alexander. Maybe one was savoring it neat in a snifter. If not, that’s also understandable; information about cognac does not appear as prevalent as that …

Interview: Artist Ryan McGinness on Designing for Hennessy

His bright, graphic Very Special Limited Edition Bottle enters the canon of alcohol art

Despite the fact that he works across multiple artistic mediums, it’s very easy to discern the work of NYC-based artist Ryan McGinness. In addition to his iconic symbol-driven body of work, his experimental Instagram and the depths of his oftentimes ornate paintings, McGinness recently took to designing a special limited edition bottle for luxury cognac brand Hennessy. It’s the brand’s fifth artist partnership in five …