|OVERVIEW||An impressive 2011 release from Hennessy, Paradis Impérial is a blend of rare 19th- and 20th-century Cognacs inspired by the Cognac that the company created in 1818 for Tsar Alexander I as a present from his mother. It's packaged in an elegant crystal decanter designed by Stephanie Balini and features an 18-carat gold-plated label.|
Nose: Soft, rich and creamy, with woodspice, cinnamon and dried fruit to the fore. Then notes of butterscotch and roasted nuts arrive, along with soft, fruity touches of mango, menthol and green apple.
Palate: Rich and decadent, with plenty of weighty spice at first – cinnamon, clove and toasty oak – then softer notes of apricot and spring flowers. Lovely soft mouthfeel, and great balance.
Finish: The spices and toasty oak linger longest, softly fading in unison.
Comment: The skill in blending is obvious here, with delightful shades of light and dark, fruit and spice, floral and oak notes playing against each other.
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