Monday, October 23, 2006

Got some money to spend? Buy a good bottle of Cognac.

This year it is 100 years since the famous Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen died. In fact the whole year has been dedicated to this once so controversial figure. At the end of the year they have decided to create a special brand of cognac in his memory, Henrik Ibsen No. 1. Grande Champagne Cognac. It is for sale at the Norwegian stateowned wine and liquor shops. The price tag? A little less than €5000!

That is a horrendous amount of money for a bottle of cognac. The question you should ask yourself before you run out and buy it. What do you get?

Of course you get the cognac itself, produced by the Norwegian cognac house Birkedal Hartmann. Part of the expensive bottle is cognac produced at the time of the old master himself, other parts are 70 and 50 years old. So this better be good stuff. The Norwegian paper Aftenposten compared the taste of this cognac to what is said to be the most exclusive cognac you can get, the Courvoisier Grande Champagne Paradis. The Ibsen cognac got 97 out of 100 points, but the paper did not reveal the score of the other one. So - who won?

What else do you get? You get a specially designed box, and a handmade bottle you can put on your mantlepiece when you've finished to enjoy this historic experience.

Well I can only say to those of you that buy this masterpiece - Enjoy!!

Read more reviews of the Henrik Ibsen No. 1 Grande Champagne on the official Rosmersholm website

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