A Drink So Expensive, It Arrived at The Four Seasons in a Rolls Royce
Earlier this month, The Four Seasons Los Angeles took delivery of a very precious decanter of the Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6.
The extremely rare bottle of cognac, one of 738, arrived at the hotel in a Rolls Royce Ghost, whose Inca Gold color interior matches the 22-carat rose gold neck of the Rare Cask 42,6 decanter, designed by Baccarat. It was carried by Yves de Launay, Rémy Cointreau's USA Vice President of Prestige Brands.
Why is this cognac so special that it deserved a ride in a Rolls Royce Ghost? Here's a brief explanation:
LOUIS XIII RARE CASK 42,6 celebrates the classic LOUIS XIII blend of 1,200 eaux-de-vie, 100 years in the making, here featuring salient aromas that are unique to this one precious cask. Discovered in the fall, it appropriately features autumnal notes of plum and dates, mingling with flavors of gingerbread, prune stone and ginger, and punctuated by a final touch of tobacco leaf.
The iconic black crystal decanter for the LOUIS XIII RARE CASK collection was created exclusively by Baccarat, utilizing all the skill and expertise of the famed crystal house’s talented masters. A team of more than 20 master craftsmen complete more than 50 steps in creating a single RARE CASK decanter, all of which must be carried out while maintaining the opaque crystal at a constant temperature.
As for what 42,6 means, that's the percentage of alcohol by volume--42.6--making it slightly higher than the 40 percent found in the classic Louis XIII cognac.
The cask is now available in the hotel's Windows Lounge and will be available to patrons is different pours and for different prices, starting at $1,000 for 1/2 ounce. The hotel is now the first hotel in the country to offer this exclusive cognac, although the New York Palace and the St. Regis Atlanta will soon start serving it by the glass. And yes, the prices will remain about the same.
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