A book that every Cognac lover should add to their collection is Hennessy: A Toast To The World’s Preeminent Spirit. Fashion and culture writer, Glenn O’Brien, pays homage to the history of Henny from the beginning to how they became the cultural icon that they are today.
Throughout the book, there are conversations with O’Brien and some of the people who have been crucial in shaping the brand’s status as one of the best-selling brandies in the world. It’s interesting to get a taste of their personal stories.
There are some great illustrations incorporated in the book by Jean-Philippe Delhomme. There are also photos from ads and campaigns during their 250 year history. It has the feel of a luxury scrapbook. I think my favorite is the “Hennessy…the civilized way to charm the ladies”. Hennessy deemed themselves the world’s most civilized spirit. I say it’s a statement that they could still claim.
One of the things that I love about Cognac is the history of the spirit. Anyone into history would appreciate the historical facts in the book. I had no idea that during the American Revolution, Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette not only brought cannons to New York, but numerous casks of brandy. Let’s just say that the Founding Fathers loved kicking back with some Cognac. Don’t know why the Broadway musical, Hamilton, didn’t mention this.
This is one of those books that are perfect for book collection or as table book for a fan of the brandy. There are even a few classic cocktail recipes that would be good to whip up when entertaining. Santé.