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Paul Tuohy, Hennessy brand ambassador: ‘As a brand, Hennessy always supported music.’ Picture: Curtis

Paul Tuohy isn’t short of a good quote. “Just because your grandparents drank Cognac doesn’t mean it’s an older person's drink,” the brand ambassador for Hennessy tells me over Zoom. “It just means they had exceptional taste.”

As one of the country’s leading authorities on premium spirits, Tuohy is the perfect person to ask about the mysteries of French liquid gold. But before I share his findings, let's get the basics covered - the most ...