Hennessy is the best-selling cognac in the world. It is blended from the top four crus (or growths) of the six delimited regions in cognac, giving it great complexity and ensuring that it is always drinking at its peak. Hennessy uses unique distillation methods in which each batch of wine is double-distilled to achieve the most flavorful, elegant eau-de-vie (literally, water of life) as possible. Each eau-de-vie is aged to concentrate the best qualities of the wine. Hennessy’s casks come from the world’s best coopers for optimal taste and smoothness. Hennessy has the finest selection of old eaux-de-vie in the world. The house has been run by eight generations of Hennessy’s along with seven generations of master distillers from the Fillioux family. This lineage gives the cognac unequaled consistency of style and quality. Down through the years since 1765, Hennessy has been associated with excellence and mystery. Behind its closely guarded doors, the Hennessy Comité de Dégustation (tasting committee), unparalleled in the world of cognac – creates our most unique and elegant blends, thanks to its priceless heritage: the largest and most diverse reserve of eaux-de-vie in the world. This delicate alchemy and unique knowledge gives birth to some of the most extraordinary cognacs. Originally created in 1870 by Maurice Hennessy using very old eaux de vie, X.O was reserved exclusively for his family and friends. X.O is blended from more than 100 eaux de vie (some of which have been ageing in the Hennessy warehouses since the early part of this century) specially selected from the four premier growing areas.
Deep amber in colour indicative of its age, this is a very developed style that has a lovely soft, round mouthfeel and fantastic complexity. The nose displays spicy aromas of oak and leather with the sweeter essences of flowers and ripe fruit. The palate is full-bodied and complex, well-balanced, with the initial flourish dominated by the powerful suggestion of pepper and rancio, which testify to the long years it has spent being aged. The finish is again, complex and long-lasting. The blend is nurtured in cellars which contain the world’s largest reserves of old Cognac, and remains the yardstick of quality for the Hennesey House.