Hennessy XO: Cognac Review & Price
This XO Cognac by Hennessy is a blend of more than a hundred different eaux-de-vie (!). And each of the eaux-de-vie within the blend of the Hennessy XO are between 10 to 70 years old. Hennessy‘s XO is, of course, a safe choice – Hennessy Cognac is the largest Cognac trading house in the world, and it goes without saying that they know what they’re doing.
This XO used to be a Reserve de Famille, exclusively available to the Hennessy family, but it soon made it’s way onto the international market.
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, pretty long lasting
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 $199 in our online shop: (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 the Rémy Martin XO, the Hennessy is a little more agressive and slightly less smooth than the Remy. But still, this XO is mellow as a XO can be – having it slightly sharper is intentional: 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’s” XO. This is not a value judgement – more a way of saying that it’s a somewhat fruity style, blended to retain considerable grappa-like aromas. I (Max) personally prefer the Martell XO or Martell Cordon Bleu which is also a high-end Cognac (and slightly less expensive).
Buy for $ 199
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