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[:RU]Do you know what paradise?
No, this is not the Garden of Eden, where Eve every day is friends with Adam for the bitten apple … This is a place that will not leave indifferent any real man.
Because this paradise — Brandy.
That is called the holy of holies of any cognac house — the repository of the most ancient and precious cognac alcohols, which may be 70 years old, and 100, and even much more.
Barrels are much smaller than in the main vault, they were dark times, and the basement walls are covered with centuries-old black alcoholic mold — a must Brandy attribute this paradise.
Now I’ll show you what it looks like paradise Brandy’s most famous and a major producer of cognac in the world — at home Hennessy.


2. Hennessy has the largest reserves of cognac in the world. The 40 stores, there are 400 thousand barrels made ​​of Limousin oak and Allier. This allows to adjust the amount of storage characteristics alcohols which at higher humidity becomes softer and more rounded, and the low — stronger. The oldest store, located on the banks of the Charente called Le Chai du Fondateur (Storage founder). It is hidden behind a low metal fence, with no barbed wire, paramilitary guard and three-meter fences …
just plain gray barracks, which are stored in the bowels of the precious, including rare vintage cognac spirits.

Hennessy Paradise / Hennessy Cellars

3. Here is how the main store and the famous Paradise — Brandy paradise, guarded like the apple of his eye

Hennessy Paradise / Hennessy Cellars

4. Storage was built by Richard Hennessy in 1774, still exists to this day.
All the alcohol in it are classified by origin, age, and aromatic qualities.

Hennessy Paradise / Hennessy Cellars

5. Each cask is in the cellar master of a strictly defined place, marked and has a beautiful ornate markings: year of alcohol from which the alcohol distillery, the sub-region of origin spirit and a fortress

Hennessy Paradise / Hennessy Cellars

6. Hennessy use alcohol derived only from the top four sub-regions of Cognac — Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies and Fins Buoys. The house has 27 shops of its own distillation and buys the best spirits of the permanent supplier-controlled shops.

Hennessy Paradise / Hennessy Cellars

7. In this barrel of alcohol labeling one of these third-party distillery.

Hennessy Paradise / Hennessy Cellars

8. Barrel with very fresh alcohol. It has not even had time to put beautiful markings.
By the way, the barrel is very old.

Hennessy Paradise / Hennessy Cellars

9. cognac barrels in the cellars lie decades. To carpenter did not spoil the barrel of a specially wrapped temporary beech rings that parasites destroy them. Since beech softer oak, deception always possible.

Hennessy Paradie / Hennessy Cellars

10. Barrels closed the old way: chop wood with fabric lining

Hennessy Paradise / Hennessy Cellars

11. In the main storage casks are stored, usually with alcohols no more than 50-60 years. Thereafter barrel practically ceases to give flavors of cognac and may even worsen it.

Hennessy Paradise / Hennessy Cellars

12. 50-60 summer Cognacs tend to go to the assemblage of the most expensive cognacs, but a small part of them, left and converted into the most valuable repository …

Hennessy Paradise / Hennessy Cellars

13. Hennessy is located in the old stone building with a tatty walls and boarded up windows. This is the famous Paradise

Hennessy Paradise / Hennessy Cellars

14. Here the atmosphere of a medieval dungeon: strong damp, musty smell, the walls are covered with thick layers of wet-alcoholic fungus that feeds on cognac vapors deposited on the walls. Cleans it useless, he quickly grows again.
Where are the evaporation? The fact is that every year a barrel of cognac alcohol loses up to 2% of the volume of escaped through the pores of the oak cognac alcohol. These 2% romantically called «The Angels’ Share».

Hennessy Paradise / Hennessy Cellars

15. The most expensive and vintage spirits are behind the iron bars and are named after the founder of the House — Richard Hennessy.

Hennessy Paradise / Hennessy Cellars

16. Alcohol you can meet a variety of years. Typically, this year the most successful grape harvest.

Hennessy Paradise / Hennessy Cellars

17.

Hennessy Paradise / Hennessy Cellars

18. This barrel of brandy for over 100 years!

Hennessy Paradise / Hennessy Cellars

19. And this is the oldest alcohol, which is still stored in a barrel

Hennessy Paradise / Hennessy Cellars

20. When the alcohol is aged in barrels, reaching a peak in its development, it is poured into a glass bottle braided bon-bonnes.

Hennessy Paradise / Hennessy Cellars

21. The glass bottles alcohol is no longer growing, but will not deteriorate due to aging barrels.
So it can be stored for a long time. It is known that in some Paradise alcohols can be found dating back to the nineteenth and, even centuries XVIII

Hennessy Paradise / Hennessy Cellars

22. What are these super old spirits?
For assemblage and production of the unique and rare cognacs and single-piece limited quantities.
The cost of these drinks can reach tens of thousands of euros per bottle.

Hennessy Paradise / Hennessy Cellars

23. In order not to disturb the spirits, but to have the opportunity to experiment with flavors and taste at the cellar master in small quantities have samples of all the treasury, which he «shaman», gathering the perfect flavor …

Hennessy Paradise / Hennessy Cellars

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