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The Merchant receives delivery of Hennessy Collector Blend

Michael Patterson, Bar Manager, The Merchant Hotel, Belfast and David Kennedy, Dillon Bass.

Michael Patterson, Bar Manager, The Merchant Hotel, Belfast and David Kennedy, Dillon Bass.

Michael Patterson, Bar Manager, The Merchant Hotel, Belfast and David Kennedy, Dillon Bass.

Michael Patterson, Bar Manager, The Merchant Hotel, Belfast and David Kennedy, Dillon Bass.

Belfast’s Merchant Hotel took a very special delivery from the world’s most famous cognac brand this week, which is sure to please connoisseurs across the city and beyond.

Thanks to NI drinks company, Dillon Bass, the first bottle of the coveted limited edition Hennessy 250 Collector Blend arrived at the 5-star hotel this week as part of the local celebrations to mark the 250th anniversary of the brand. The decanter style bottle is one of a limited number of bottles that will be released in Northern Ireland, out of only 60,000 bottles available worldwide.

This distinctive cognac is the product of an exceptional blending and aging process. An expertly assembled blend of eaux-de-vie, which is aged for 15-35 years and selected to achieve a harmony between power, vivacity and elegance, the celebratory bottles are set to be popular collectors’ items.

The blend completed its aging in ideal conditions: resting in 250 specially crafted barrels of 250 litres each, carefully stored at ground level near the banks of the river Charente.

Commenting on the arrival of the first bottle of the Hennessy 250 Collector Blend, Joanne O’Hagan, marketing manager, Dillon Bass said: “In 2015 we celebrate 250 years of the world’s most famous cognac, with the Hennessy 250 anniversary. In celebration of this important milestone, we are proud to bring this special collector blend to The Merchant Hotel – an establishment that embodies the spirit of Hennessy perfectly.”

Michael Patterson, Manager, The Cocktail Bar at The Merchant Hotel, Belfast said: “We are proud to partner with Dillon Bass to bring this special bottle of Hennessy cognac to The Merchant. Over the years, we have curated a collection of fine, rare spirits from around the world. In what is a very important year for this iconic cognac brand, we are pleased to be the first licenced premises to receive the new Hennessy 250 Collector Blend.”

In the autumn, Dillon Bass will celebrate the Hennessy 250 anniversary in style, with a special celebratory dinner in The Merchant’s Great Room Restaurant. The seven-course menu will take diners on a gastronomic journey through the last 250 years of Hennessy, with food inspired by, and paired with Hennessy Cognacs, including an opportunity to taste the 250 Collector Blend.

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