Hennessy XO: Cognac Review & Price

This XO Cognac by Hennessy is a blend of more than a hundred different eaux-de-vie (!). Those eaux-de-vie of the Hennessy XO are between 10 to 70 years old. Hennessy XO is of course a safe choice – Hennessy Cognac is the biggest Cognac trading house in the world and they know what they are doing.

Buy for $ 222.07

Hennessy XO Cognac

This XO used to be a Reserve de Famille, exclusively available to the Hennessy family, later on found its international markets.

Tasting notes of the Hennessy XO Cognac:

The color: deep ocher
On the nose: ripe fruit, a hint of spices, mellow wood tones and a nice alcoholic ‘green’ note
The taste: soft fruit, toasted wood, balanced, elegant and robust, some cinnamon
The finish: intense taste, remains pretty long
The origin: Hennessy is known for buying eaux-de-vie from all the Cognac region. So it will probably be a blend of the Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Fins Bois, Borderies…
The age: The average age of the eaux-de-vie is 45 years

The Price of this XO Cognac is about $100 – $140 (it’s true it is a good Cognac, but still: some people consider the XO as over-priced, but it really all depends on your taste)

If one wanted to compare it to Rémy Martin XO, the Hennessy remains a bit more agressive and slightly less smooth than the Remy.  But still, this XO is mellow as a XO can be – having it slightly more sharp is a choice: The Hennessy XO Cognac is more masculine than other XOs. Maurice Hennessy developed the XO blend in 1870 for the Cognac house.

Hennessy XO could be called be a “beginner” XO.   It’s not a value judgement but more a way of saying that it’s  fruity style, blended to retain considerable grappa-like aromas. I personally prefer Martell  XO or Martell Cordon Bleu which is also a high-end Cognac (and $40 – $50 less expensive).

Buy for $ 222.07
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Comments (12)

  1. daddy0710 May 16, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    XO is probably the best cognac ive have ever tasted.

  2. Meli Mel July 11, 2011 at 4:03 am

    I have an XO bottle that is about 15 years old I want to sell it any offers?

  3. Hamish Sterling November 8, 2011 at 3:11 am

    Are they still making Paradis ?

  4. Cognac Expert November 11, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    @Hamish, see the product page Hennessy Paradis

  5. Wick January 26, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Where is this 100$

  6. james July 15, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    whats the diff between green base and white base hennessy xo?

  7. Max July 17, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Hi James, what would you mean by green and white base?

  8. Mike August 21, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Meli, I want to buy, but I need to see the pics.

  9. Sebastian (Cognac-Expert.com) August 22, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    @Meli: you can use our “Submit your Bottle” function: http://blog.cognac-expert.com/contact/ This way you can upload beautiful images, add sufficient information about the condition, history etc. Thanks

  10. Arthur November 10, 2014 at 1:37 am

    Great taste.

  11. Tonyax August 4, 2015 at 1:30 am

    we have an henessy cognac w/c is probably much older than me, cause my father had it when he is still not married to my mother, i’m now 36y.o. if we’re going to sell it how much would it probably cost today?

  12. Dmitri September 15, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Where is this a 100? On Winesearcher. Is it worth 100? Definitely no. It is below average cognac, forgettable in every aspect. However it is very well marketed like top 5 houses and thus talked about in exasperated euphemisms by well paid critics. Audry, Andre Thorin. D. Bouju, Tesseron to name a few are all head above this blend.

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