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.
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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.
Cognac Expert Tasting
These are our personal 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, 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
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In comparison to the other big brands?
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).
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