Hennessy VS is one of the most famous Cognacs in the world, the typical bottle shape is iconic. The VS stands for “Very Special” and means that the youngest eaux-de-vie in this blend are at least 2.5 years old.

So that actually means that this Cognac is a rather young one compared to others. The average age is apparently somewhere between 2,5 and 5 years. So if you want to have cognac neat, and like it smooth, you might want to pick a different cognac bottle.

And of course one also pays for the reputation of the Hennessy brand.

To be honest, this is more of a mix drink Cognac, in a way. Quite sharp actually, not very balanced; but not a bad VS Cognac.
But for mixing it with your favorite ingredients (Coke, Tonic water, juice etc.) – it’s a bit expensive. There are other VS (or three star) Cognacs which one could use for cocktails. Hennessy claims that the VS is a blend of 40 different eaux-de-vie, carefully selected from the different crus of the Cognac region.

Tasting Notes & Review of Hennessy VS

Color: is golden
On the nose: strong alcohol scents, very potent, a subtle spiciness with hints of vanilla and oak
The taste: basically sharp, some wood
The finish: is strong and long
The cru: the eaux-de-vie for this Cognac comes from all zones (Grande Champagne, Borderies, Petite Champagne, Fins Bois, Bon Bois, Bois ordinaire)
Age: between 2,5 and 5 years aged in Limousin oak barrels
Price: about € 27 which is $36

Hennessy VS Special Edition, Flask and Mini Bottle

By the way, there is a “Obama Edition” called ’44th President of the United States’, a special edition of Hennessy – but make no mistake, it’s the same cognac, in a different bottle.

The VS Cognac (VS for Very Special) comes from the most powerful Cognac house, the Hennessy giant. They dominate about 40% of the world market and are successfully marketing Cognac in the US. The “yak” also plays a certain role in pop culture.

Learn more about the house of Cognac Hennessy and discover their cognacs.

Kayne West at MTV

By the way: Famous rapper Kanye West drank a Cognac during a MTV music award (remember?): It was Hennessy VS!
Kanye drank directly from the bottle, rather rough stuff compared to other much smoother Cognacs, and he had  it neat.

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Max is a spirits expert and speaker, into marketing, technology, startups, and business development. He’s also a farmer. He likes tools and machines, Game of Thrones, and Better Call Saul. Included in his Top 10 Cognacs are the Audry XO and Bache Gabrielsen 1973.Max founded Cognac Expert in 2010 at his family’s estate in Poullignac, in the Cognac region, France. Started as a blog, today Cognac Expert is the world’s largest website about all things Cognac, a blog, and a specialized online shop featuring 800+ different Cognac bottles.

5 Comments

  1. Calvin Watkins

    Kayne West and the “taking it to the head neat” Hennessy, shows Mr. West real roots! I like this….

    That man can afford any fine cognac but he choose the bottom shelf Henny!

  2. Dr.evo >> MOVED TO WWW

    VS has a really long nose…that oak smell clings to your nose like a perfect Sunday, good book by the fire place. Tastes so wood…as cognac lover Hennessey is my first experience and best ever. XO is next.

  3. I have absolutely no interest in an Obama cognac. It would be disingenuous and brag constantly. In fact I will avoid any Henessy in future.

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