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When the outside is as beautiful as the inside.
When it comes to Cognac, Hennessy reigns supreme. With 257 years of history, it is THE biggest producer of Cognac, supplying almost half of the world's Eau-de-vie. Though it was founded by an Irishman, Richard Hennessy, in 1765, the brand is totally steeped in French culture and history. Like through and through. Made from fermented white grapes from the Cognac region of western France, double distilled and aged in French oak barrels, it's a protected designation of origin, meaning it can only be called Cognac if it adheres to strict production guidelines and comes from the Cognac region. So yeah, we told you. French. They also use a combination of letters to show off the quality and price of the bottled liquid — the most common ones being V.S. (Very Special), V.S.O.P (Very Special Old Pale), and X.O (Extra Old). Once you get used to these abbreviations, choosing the perfect bottle of Hennessy will be but a breeze.
As we bid farewell to the Year of the Ox and welcome in the Year of the Rabbit, Hennessy marks the beginning of this brand-new cycle in a very special way — by collaborating with a world-renowned expressionist artist, Yan Pei-Ming. The masterpiece on the bottle not only captures the eye but tells a story of unity in diversity across generations, geography, and family. It's a symbol of inclusion and hope that depicts the entire zodiac galloping in unison.
But let's not forget the true star of the show, Hennessy's V.S.O.P. — a harmonious blend that embodies the true essence of Cognac. With 200 years of expert know-how, this balanced Spirit represents a true expression of Hennessy's savoir-faire. The delicious swirl of vanilla, fruits, spices, and a hint of tobacco make this potion the ideal choice for toasting to a new year riddled with peace and harmony.
Appearance / Color
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Rich, mature, and autumnal. A balance of apple, honey, cinnamon, clove, and oak aromas.
Flavor / Taste / Palate
A full-bodied and complex combination of oak and tobacco flavors, followed by the sweetness of vanilla, ripe fruit, and spices.
Long and oaky.