Hardy Perfection Fire
Origin: Grande Champagne, France; $6,000 (750 ml)
One-fifth of Hardy’s “Essential Element” series, Perfection Fire is composed of eaux de vie that date back to the 1870s. Advertising itself as “the world’s oldest known unblended Cognac,” Perfection Fire balances flavors of chocolate, coffee and oak in its smoky bouquet. The Cognac is presented in a Daum crystal decanter that has been designed to highlight the “element” that the Cognac represents. “Water,” “Earth,” “Light” and “Air” are also available, though the collection itself numbers only 300 decanters in all.