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FEATURE


Feodorovna in 1818 to celebrate the 42nd birthday of her son Tsar Alexander I on Christmas Eve. She clearly specified that she wished to receive a cognac of “excellent, very old, gold-coloured eau-de-vie of the very finest quality”. Nearly two centuries later, Hennessy has decided to reinterpret this special order and to launch a premium cognac inspired by it. For this new product, French designer Stéphanie Balini has created a unique decanter, crowned with a crystal cabochon and adorned with an 18-carat gold-plated label. Each is individually numbered. Although the decanter itself





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aradis Impérial’ is the latest creation by cognac house Hennessy and is now available in Hong Kong and


Macau. The company unveiled the new product at Grand Hyatt Macau


SPENDER BIG


Exclusive tastes F


Located in the heart of the main kitchen of the


Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, guests are guided through the back door of another restaurant to get there. The Krug Room has been specially styled by eminent Hong Kong designers Marc and Chantal to create a space that is both elegant and surprising. The restaurant seats up to 12 guests around a communal table, and menus and messages from the kitchen are hand-written on slate walls in chalk, similar to that of the chalk deposits from which the cellars in Reims of Champagne house Krug are carved. Meanwhile, the custom-designed chairs have been fashioned to resemble the shadows cast by a full wine glass. There is no menu in The Krug Room; instead, Chef Uwe Opocensky creates each evening’s dinner


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which can vary from ten to 14 courses according to his inspiration, with the meal accompanied by the diner’s choice from the largest collection of Krug Champagnes outside of France. Chef Uwe describes his cuisine as “progressive


gastronomy”, which reveals the influence of his training at El Bulli in Spain, where he learned the basics of molecular gastronomy from the acknowledged master of the genre, Ferran Adrià. A “must try” for visiting gastronomes, the spectacular personalised dinner menu created by Chef Uwe is priced at HK$1,988 per person, including two glasses of Krug Grand Cuvée.


or those looking for a unique meal, The Krug Room, at the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, is the place to


go. It is considered one of the world’s most elite intimate restaurants.


in May, during a spectacular party recreating the nostalgia of Imperial Russia.


Hennessy ‘Paradis Impérial’ draws


its inspiration from a special order placed by the Russian empress Maria


is already a sign of elegance, it’s only in the mouth that the entire sophistication of the ‘Paradis Impérial’ is revealed. Gently arousing the palate due to the maturation in old casks, this riceless mélange of ancient eaux- de-vie still subtly retains a hint of oak. With aromas of jasmine, orange blossom and other floral scents, the delicacy of the texture ensures a light and surprising finish. This superb drink is now available at selected retailers, at a suggested price of HK$18,800. To taste with care.


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