Hennessy remains synonymous with cognac to this day. “It was in 1859, the Prince of Wales, later King George IV of Great Britain, requested that Hennessy create a “very superior old pale cognac,” a designation now used across the entire industry.”
Maison Hennessy is one of the most iconic and distinguished cognac houses. The brand, which has become synonymous with cognac, has significantly shaped the course of history of this sophisticated French spirit. The dynastic Hennessy family has been dominating the Cognac industry for two and a half centuries. In 1765, Richard Hennessy, an Irish officer serving in Louis XV’s army, set out to create the world’s finest cognac. The refined and highly popularized elixir became a thriving export business, shipping as far as Ireland, Britain, and all throughout Europe.
Today, Hennessy is part of LVMH Group, prevailing as one of the most famous innovative, revolutionary cognac companies in the world. The brand is known for cultivating profitable relationships across markets, like its well-known relationship to the Hip-Hop industry. The Hennessy estate/headquarters are based in the famous town of Cognac in Charente, where cognac production reigns supreme.
In 1859, the Prince of Wales, (King George IV of Great Britain), decreed that Hennessy create a “very superior old pale cognac,” this designation is now used across the entire industry. As the world’s first, and most favorited V.S.O.P’s, a blend of over 60 eau-de-vie are combined to create a harmonious blend of flavors. This masterful art of blending attests to the enduring expertise of the Hennessy Master Blenders.
Hennessy sources its grapes from the earth surrounding the famous unique Charente River; Ugni Blanc grapes, which are light and fruity. After being distilled using a double copper pot technique, the “eau-de-vie” is laid to rest in French oak casks. A natural balance of strength and smoothness with a long-lasting finish bottled at 40% ABV, Hennessy Privilège is aged for at least four years in Limousin casks. The V.S.O.P features notes of vanilla, clove, cinnamon, and candied fruit.
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86 (43% ABV)
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On the nose are prominent bouquets of fruits, and some hints of honey, followed by more fruit aromas. The palate features notes of vanilla, clove, cinnamon, and candied fruit. The finish is dominated by woody notes.