Our wait was well worth the trouble. We were ushered into a labyrinthian passage, draped with white curtains that barely concealed the shimmer of gold on the wall.
The Hennessy X.O & Kim Jones Gallery at Pavilion Bukit Jalil sure know how to make a statement. We passed the immersive corridors that boomed with sounds and the accompaniment of videos from hidden projectors. Visuals of robots tending to liquors of unfathomable richness pass by like phantoms.
Then we were ushered into a chamber where the masterpiece was finally unveiled. A Hennessy X.O Kim Jones limited edition bottle sits within a glass case, wrapped in a golden casing that pays tribute to its exclusiveness and luxury.
And beside it, a pair of cognac-coloured HNY LOW sneakers that form its fashion counterpart. Together, they embody the collaboration between Hennessy and global fashion designer, Kim Jones, a match between cognac and couture.
Note that only 3,600 bottles of the Hennessy X.O Kim Jones were produced worldwide. The HNY Low Sneakers are priced at 650 Euros, at 1,200 pairs, and are currently sold out.
Fortunately, we were allowed a taste of the cognac later at the bar, which came in three types of serving. It is a sophisticated and complex mix with a rich and bold flavor profile. On the nose, vanilla, oak, and cinnamon notes are complemented by hints of dried fruit and honey.
On the palate, the cognac is smooth and full-bodied, with flavors of dark chocolate, leather, and tobacco mingling with subtle hints of spice. The only thing we can say is cheers to a cognac well done.