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.

Discover more about the Hennessy XO Cognac.

Hennessy Extra Old Cognac

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

Buy Hennessy XO 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)

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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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.


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    XO is probably the best cognac ive have ever tasted.

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

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

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

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

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    we have an henessy cognac w/c is probably much older than me, cause my father had it when he is still not married to my mother, i’m now 36y.o. if we’re going to sell it how much would it probably cost today?

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    Where is this a 100? On Winesearcher. Is it worth 100? Definitely no. It is below average cognac, forgettable in every aspect. However it is very well marketed like top 5 houses and thus talked about in exasperated euphemisms by well paid critics. Audry, Andre Thorin. D. Bouju, Tesseron to name a few are all head above this blend.

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    I’ve unopened Hennesy XO bought in 1972 in France.

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    I’ve a unopened XO Cognac bought in 1972 (in Paris, France). I wonder what it’s worth?

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    I’ve a unopened XO Cognac bought in 1989 (in Paris
    Hong Kong. I wonder what it’s worth?

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    Katja (

    Hey there!
    Due to our policies we had to remove your email.
    If you want to sell your Cognac please have a look at our auction section. The process would include an estimation of your bottle´s value by our experts. For further questions, please have a look at our auction FAQ.

    Thank you!

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    Tai The Guy

    These comments, smh.
    This is a page with information, not a sales site.
    &(correct me if I’m wrong) the year is relevant, not the age. Cognac ages in the barrel, not the bottle.
    Also, mentioning other countries ain’t helping. If you’re in asia/china/hong kong, and THINK your $200 bottle of Hennessy was purchased in France, it was not 😂. It’s a worthless knock-off, possibly unsafe for humans, & cost more to package/print then to distill.

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