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

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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9 Responses

#1 daddy0710 on May 16, 2010, says:

XO is probably the best cognac ive have ever tasted.

#2 Meli Mel on Jul 11, 2011, says:

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

#3 Hamish Sterling on Nov 8, 2011, says:

Are they still making Paradis ?

#4 Cognac Expert on Nov 11, 2011, says:

@Hamish, see the product page Hennessy Paradis

#5 Wick on Jan 26, 2012, says:

Where is this 100$

#6 james on Jul 15, 2013, says:

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

#7 Max on Jul 17, 2013, says:

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

#8 Mike on Aug 21, 2013, says:

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

#9 Sebastian (Cognac-Expert.com) on Aug 22, 2013, says:

@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

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