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 (10)

  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.

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