Hennessy Cognac VSOP Privilege

(0.7l, 43%)


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In 1994, Kim Jong II was the world's largest single buyer of Hennessy Cognac.

Richard Hennessy (an Irish aristocrat!) moved to France in the mid 18th century, served 12 years in the French Army to gain his citizenship, and then opened his distillery in 1765. The talents of seven generations of cellar-masters from the Fillioux family have enabled Hennessy to constitute the most remarkable reserves of rare eaux-de-vie in the world.

Today, Hennessy is part of LVMH Group, dominating the globe as one of the most famed, innovative, and revolutionary cognac companies. The Hennessy estate is in the famous town of Cognac in Charente, the epicenter of all that is Cognac.

Hennessy was even decreed by the Crown (King George IV of Great Britain, Prince of Wales) to create a “very superior old pale Cognac,” a distinction that remains well known to this day. The world’s first, VSOP came into the world, a harmonious combination of over 60 eaux-de-vie that only a Hennessy Master could muster.

This Hennessy expression is crafted using grapes from the hallowed ground surrounding the famous Charente River; Ugni Blanc grapes. Notorious for their light and fruity flavor they are distilled using a double copper pot technique. The eaux-de-vie catch some beauty rest in French oak casks, for up to 15 years before being bottled at 40% ABV. This VSOP features notes of vanilla, clove, cinnamon, and candied fruit.

Smartass Corner:
King George IV of Great Britain, Prince of Wales was a bit of a party animal. He had several mistresses. He was extravagant with money and became badly in debt. He very much loved the finer things in life (he even undertook rebuilding of Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle). Nevertheless his heavy drinking, indulgent lifestyle yielded a great Cognac, and to that we say cheers. 
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Cognac, named after the town of Cognac in France, is a variety of brandy (distilled wine). It is only produced in the wine-growing region surrounding this town. Cognac must be made from specified grapes, must be twice distilled in copper pot stills and aged at least two years in French oak barrels. Most cognacs are aged considerably longer than the minimum legal requirement.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color

Nose / Aroma
Fruit bouquet, honey

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Vanilla, cove, cinnamon, candied fruit, Brandy

Woody notes
Ratings & Reviews
~$50 handle. But easy an everyday/weekend sipper.
Hard to zero in on the aroma; there’s a lot of alcohol stinging my nose. Quite whiskey-ish. Tastes like caramel and dried apricots along with a little salty burn. I’m still getting used to cognac so I’m not sure how this stacks up but it does seem a bit less smooth and lush than I’d expected. Overall I like it but I think this is a gateway drug to something better.
This is the first cognac I’ve rated. It’s sweet, you can definitely tasted the caramel and dried fruit notes. It makes a decent old fashioned but I still prefer whiskey/bourbon or rum
Not my most favorite Cognac. Found it had a bitter finish.
My goto Cognac is the Hennessy VSOP. A great night cap drink with a smooth finish.
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