Wednesday, February 07, 2007

too good to be true

The bottle of cognac was on display in a locked case toward the back of the sushi lounge at Tao. Another guest at the party saw me looking at the display case and offered to educate me. She said the cognac was Louis XIII, one of the most expensive in the world. It cost $150 a glass at this bar. Her brother had heard about two things that made me want to head straight to Google when I got home. Supposedly if you buy the last shot from a bottle of Louis XIII, it's traditional for the bar to give you the Baccarat crystal decanter. I thought this was unlikely, but I did find a reference to a club in Seattle that did just that back in 1999. The woman's brother hoped to go someplace local where he could buy the last shot, get the decanter and then take it to France for what he heard would be a free refill. Enough people must attempt this that the company felt compelled to discourage them in the FAQ on their website. Unlike Burger King, Louis XIII does not offer refills.

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