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Hennessy X.O Cognac

Hennessy X.O Cognac


By Robert Plotkin

In 1870, more than a century after it was founded, the house of Hennessy released the first X.O cognac, a delicate and masterful spirit that earned as much critical success as an export as it did on the Continent. Now over 130 years later, Hennessy X.O Cognac remains one of the world’s most acclaimed and prestigious spirits.

This magnificent cognac is an assemblage comprised of more than 100 eaux-de-vie principally from Grande and Petite Champagne regions, with lesser percentages obtained from the other primary appellations. The constituent elements are aged up to fifty years in seasoned Limousin oak barrels and receive further aging after blending to allow the cognacs in the assemblage to fully integrate.

The Hennessy X.O is a full and supremely elegant cognac. It has a deep mahogany hue and a creamy, velvety textured body. The bouquet is lively and grows with each passing minute, offering aromas of ripe plums, figs, chocolate and a bevy of spices. The cognac washes over the palate with the robust flavors of cinnamon, vanilla, pears and black pepper. The finish is first class—long and flavorful.

The renowned portfolio also includes Hennessy Paradis Extra Cognac. Created in 1979, it is an assemblage comprised of predominantly Grande and Petite Champagne eaux-de-vie with a minimum age of 25 years and many that exceed 100 years old.

Richard Hennessy Cognac is a rare assemblage comprised of more than 100 eaux-de-vie. Because of its extreme age the brandy actually contains some Folle Blanche. The youngest brandy in its blend is 50 years old, while a percentage is more than two centuries in age.