June 4, 2013

National Cognac Day

"Good cognac is like a woman. Do not assault it. Coddle and warm it in your hands before you sip it." - Winston Churchill

It's National Cognac Day!

It's no secret that I've worked as an "alcohol spokes model" for several years. I once had the chance to be one of the Hennessy Girls here in New England.

Before being hired I had to take two incredibly lengthy and detailed tests about the history and production of cognac and the Hennessy brand. It was then that I learned that cognac is a type of brandy that's made from specific grapes - like Ugni blanc - from the Cognac region of France. It's distilled twice and aged in oak casks for at least one to two years. And Hennessy is the world-leading cognac. The company was started by Richard Hennessy in 1765. Five generations later in 1971, Kilian Hennessy merged the company with Moët et Chandon. Moët Hennessy, as it became known, then became part of the Louis Vuitton family in 1987. As you can imagine, the brand is all about luxury and class!

And now you're all the wiser, foodies!

For our "events" (as we called them), we were given little black dresses and gold Egyptian-style jewelry, required to wear four-inch tall heels, and - because I had tattoos - I was also "asked" to wear a long-sleeved cover-up. Despite being the only girl with that restriction, I still think I looked damn good:

In my early twenties, Jack Daniels was my favorite hard liquor. Eventually we had to part ways because Jack is an incredibly rough man to love for long periods of time. I had never had Hennessy until I started to work for them. And truth be told? I like it as much as (if not a little more than) Old Number 7. On one hand, I think Hennessy has a much smoother flavor because it's missing that charcoal bite JD has; on the other hand, it's a lot more expensive. Regardless, there's been a bottle in my house ever since that first promotion! So celebrating today was easy.

A little too easy if you know what I mean!

Happy National Cognac Day!