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.

Buy for $ 199

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.

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

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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Comments (14)

  1. daddy0710 May 16, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    XO is probably the best cognac ive have ever tasted.

  2. Meli Mel July 11, 2011 at 4:03 am

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

  3. Hamish Sterling November 8, 2011 at 3:11 am

    Are they still making Paradis ?

  4. Cognac Expert November 11, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    @Hamish, see the product page Hennessy Paradis

  5. Wick January 26, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Where is this 100$

  6. james July 15, 2013 at 1:20 pm

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

  7. Max July 17, 2013 at 10:53 pm

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

  8. Mike August 21, 2013 at 10:51 pm

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

  9. Sebastian (Cognac-Expert.com) August 22, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    @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

  10. Arthur November 10, 2014 at 1:37 am

    Great taste.

  11. Tonyax August 4, 2015 at 1:30 am

    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?

  12. Dmitri September 15, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    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.

  13. Petri November 28, 2015 at 7:24 pm

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

  14. Petri December 5, 2015 at 4:00 pm

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

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