I just discovered this new Hennessy Cognac: James Hennessy. Purchase James Hennessy in our online store.
It comes in a 1 liter bottle, presented in a gift box. It’s another new release for Hennessy’s 250th anniversary this year. The bottle is designed by Marc Newson, exclusively at airport duty free stores. Hennessy’s president Bernard Peillon explained that the bottle would only be available at the 25 largest hubs worldwide.
With this decanter the house of Hennessy pays tribute to one of the family members: James Hennessy, Richard Hennessy’s son. James was a negoce member who pushed for globalization and international sales. This blend is supposed to have elegant and a contemporary taste – sounds like a “facile a boire” cognac.
Tasting Notes James Hennessy Cognac
We found the following tasting notes on a duty free website:
Colour: Beautiful shades of amber are punctuated by soft highlights of pink and bronze.
Nose: Suggestions of mild tobacco and light wisps of smoke combine subtly with toasty aromas. Hints of roasted almonds intermingle and merge with Madagascar vanilla to produce soft and delicately perfumed notes.
Palate: The nose follows through to a palate of elegance and restraint, enhanced by fresher flavours reminiscent of apricot, then pistachio and blood peach.
The price of this new Hennessy duty free cognac is at 135€ about 150USD. The pricing is under Hennessy XO but well above any VSOP.
What I love about the description I found is that is says, quote: “burnt sugar (E 150 a), with colourant”. You may want to take a look at the article about added sugar and colours in cognac. I think I never saw such a straight-forward product description before when it comes to Cognac.
I also found this on reddit (September 2015)
A good friend of mine picked me up a bottle of the James Hennessy duty free version and it is fantastic.
There is a problem, I can not get it here in the USA. I called Hennessy USA and spoke to them and they said the only way is to fly overseas/europe and buy it.
Do you guys have any idea on how to acquire another bottle?
I guess that means that James Hennessy is only available in european duty free for now.
James Hennessy is another milestone in the company’s duty free strategy (like all the big booze players). Hennessy’s mother company LVMH, which also includes Louis Vuitton and Moet Champagne, came up with the store-in-store concept of Cave Particulieres: It was created at Charles de Gaulle airport Paris, an airport I personally hate.. at least someone is doing something interesting over there.
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