Sunday 26 May 2019

That's the spirit: Hotel lines up a shot of rare Remy Louis XIII Cognac - and it's yours for a trifling €160

Sláinte: Our reporter Sorcha O’Connor enjoys a tipple from the top shelf at the Morrison Hotel in Dublin
Sláinte: Our reporter Sorcha O’Connor enjoys a tipple from the top shelf at the Morrison Hotel in Dublin
Sorcha O'Connor

Sorcha O'Connor

It's a one-of-a-kind brandy that typically costs almost €3,000 a bottle.

Now, you can try Remy Louis XIII Cognac in a Dublin hotel for a little under its regular asking price.

A full shot of the exquisite spirit will set those who fancy a tipple back €160.

But bar manager Simon Smyth took inspiration from a London hotel which sells the most Louis XIII in the UK and decided to offer three different measures to the public.

The unique cognac is kept under lock and key when it isn't sitting pride of place on the top shelf of the Morrison Hotel's bar on Lower Ormond Quay in Dublin's city centre.

Acknowledging that it wouldn't be in everyone's price range, Mr Smyth told the Irish Independent it was more likely people might splash the cash if they were true brandy lovers.

"Most places sell it for about €200 - but we are doing it for €160. I looked at a restaurant in London so that if you can't afford a shot at that price we have 15ml, 25ml and 35ml," he explained. "So you have your taster, and you treat yourself if you have the money to splurge on a 35ml shot or want to spend a bit on something you've always wanted to try."

A 15ml drop costs €60, 25ml €110 and 35ml the full €160.

"It's one-of-a-kind cognac which comes from Grande Champagne in the Cognac region. I don't know any other way to say it - it is just top-of-the-range cognac.

"It's the best value in Dublin," he added.

The bar doesn't expect the drink to be requested by too many customers but said its new Top Shelf menu had attracted four sales over the weekend.

As for the bottle of Louis XIII itself, it could still be worth more than €500 even when it is empty, as it is made from Baccarat crystal.

"We haven't thought about making a huge amount of money on it. So for us if we are going to have it there we aren't too worried about making a fortune on it," said Mr Smyth.

"It may take one year to shift - maybe two years. You have a lifetime on that bottle."

Irish Independent

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