I can already smell Christmas in the air and so collecting spirits for the big day is worthwhile. Right now I am drooling over the Frapin Cuvee 1888 Rabelais that is available exclusively at Harrods. It is supposed that just 1888 bottles of this exist. Containing extremely rare and complex Cognac, some of which date back to 1870, the carafe-type bottle was inspired as homage to Pierre Frapin, the founder of Frapin Cognac. Its aromatic palette is astonishingly complex: dried fruits, nuts, raisins, prunes, candied oranges, and towering waves of torrified cacao, tonka beans and coffee. The heart of its character is a sublime harmony of vineyard flowers, lime, pepper, soft spices, white honey, vanilla, leather, and tropical woods. It’s the packing which is equally lethal. For this historic Cuvee, Frapin Cognac has commissioned the design of an original carafe which has been produced by the Cristalleries Royales de Champagne. It is emphasized by a 24 carat golden line. Its spiral shape recalls Cognac’s slow ageing through time or the preparatory turning of cognac in a glass.
The Etains d’Anjou created this golden line as also they did the golden cork. The wood textures recall the warm atmospheres of Cognac and Habana cigars. Its base contains a small draw where one will find a reproduction of an 1888 watch. And when you open the watch, a special perfume is released akin to the spirit you have purchased. Let your spirits soar high with this pricey cognac from Harrods for £3,395 ($ 6,800).