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Esky's Cognac Conundrum


The January issue of *Esquire* does its readers a grave disservice in the innocent guise of giving advice about getting one's ladyfriends liquored up. In its typical smarmy, overly-verbose style, the magazine's “Man At His Best” section offers a primer on cognac, capped with the following: “The January Dilemma No. 1: Your Date, Though Curious, Doesn't Want to Sip Cognac Neat.” It goes on to suggest feeding the unsuspecting female an emetic concoction consisting of cognac and cr‚àö¬Æme de menthe. They don't give it a name, but we think “The Ipecac" suits it perfectly. The mag also inexplicably counsels readers to use perfectly good Rémy Martin Louis XIII for the mixture, which at $1,500+ per bottle is a little pricey to be dumping a bunch of mouthwash into.

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Kempt Man of the Hour: Kilian Hennessy

  • Jared Paul Stern

Killian Hennessy

*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

Kilian Hennessy embodies that old chestnut about life not being fair. The dashing Sorbonne grad is the grandson of the founder of the LVMH Group and the heir to a long line of “luxury pioneers.” You should have seen all the well-bred babes fawning over him at the launch of his new By Kilian fragrance collection, L'Oeuvre Noir, the other night at Bergdorf's. And unlike us, he will never, *ever*, run out of cognac.

That a fellow like this should be extremely well-dressed to boot comes as no surprise we suppose »