Maison Hennessy welcomes the 2024 Chinese New Year, the Majestic Year of the Dragon, with a striking limited-edition collection inspired by a digital art piece created by visionary Chinese artist Yang Yongliang, called ‘Dragon’s Odyssey’..
In honor of the dragon, the most symbolic and vital animal of the Chinese zodiac, Yang Yongliang has combined traditional drawings with striking digital art which literally breathe life, movement, energy and fire into a collective of metallic dragons dancing in and out of waves. The unique artwork has incredible attention to detail, with a three-dimensional element which brings out even the texture of the dragon’s skin and teeth. Each bottle features a color which embodies the aspirations of the new year; red for joy and luck and gold for prosperity.
Yang Yongliang grew up in a picturesque old water town in Greater Shanghai and was trained in traditional Chinese landscape painting. He later went to college in central Shanghai to study digital and three-dimensional art. As he was growing up and learning about different artistic techniques, Shanghai was undergoing a significant and rapid urban transformation all around him.
All of these influences fuelled Yang Yongliang’s artistic style, and he is known for mixing traditional Chinese art with contemporary, innovative digital technology, practising digital photography like a painter. His work for Hennessy sees him combine these artistic mediums, with ‘Dragon’s Odyssey’ connecting the past the to the future, taking the traditional dragon and breathing life into them with a three-dimensional element.
Inspired by Maison Hennessy’s campaign strapline ‘together we are unstoppable’, the limited-edition collection embraces the ethos of 2024; a year to unleash positive energy and celebrate what brings us together. The art adorned bottles are available in VSOP, XO and Paradis – an exquisite and rare collectable decanter in a beautiful oak giftbox. They are all perfect as either a gift during the festive season, or as a drink to see in the new year with friends and family, or even as a centrepiece in the home.
Hennessy’s VSOP has a signature blend which has remained untouched since its creation. It is a distinctive classic, unanimously loved for its versatility – whether that’s neat, over ice, in a cocktail or as a long drink. Crafted at Maurice Hennessy's request for friends & family, the Hennessy XO is a multifaceted cognac that has become a timeless icon for the world's first X.O blend.
Hennessy Paradis is defined by its graceful, silky character, and is a rich copper color, given by precious eaux-de-vie aged only in very old barrels. On the nose, it exudes floral notes of jasmine, underpinned by delicate notes of cinnamon and exotic fruits. Created by Bernardaud, in France, the 2024 limited-edition - there are only 485 numbered units available - comes in a beautiful, handcrafted porcelain decanter featuring luminous gold dragon artwork, which is meticulously placed on the decanter by hand. The family-owned company has passed the craft of porcelain making from generation to generation over the last 160 years, and is renowned for its quality, precision and excellence.