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Hennessy X.O.


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The House of Hennessy was founded in Cognac, France in 1765. Richard Hennessy, an Irish aristocrat, established his business by basing it on the exportation of brandies back to the UK and his native Ireland. The first shipments of Hennessy to the USA began shortly afterwards, in 1792. This cemented Hennessy's position as the favourite cognac of the USA, which still remains the biggest market for Hennessy cognacs in the world.

Hennessy X.O. was the first cognac to ever earn the classification of X.O. This stands for "extra old", in reference to the lengthy ageing process used to make this delightful cognac. Each of the 100 individual eaux-de-vie used to craft this blended cognac is aged for up to 30 years in handmade French oak casks. A masterful blend, Hennessy X.O. is meant to show off seven specific tasting notes: sweet notes, spicy edge, chocolate lull, infinite echo, rising heat, flowing flame, and wood crunches.

This fine cognac is meant to be shared. In fact, it was initially mixed as a special blend for the friends and family of the master distiller back in 1870, so it must be good! The beautiful bottle of Hennessy X.O. is embossed with grapevines that harken back to the humble grapes from which this exquisite cognac itself grows.

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Technical sheet

Category:Cognac (Spirits)
Producer: Hennessy
Volume: 70cl Other volumes
Grapes: Ugni Blanc
Alcohol Vol.: 40%
Country: France

Description of Hennessy X.O.

Hennessy X.O. (Ugni Blanc)


  • Colour: This cognac has a deep red amber colouring. It is much richer and vibrant than that of similar drinks.
  • Aroma: On the nose, spices take over. Oak spices add heat to the aroma. Hidden notes of chocolate help to balance the scent.
  • Taste: The aroma of this drink does not do its flavour justice. On the tongue, the oak spices translate into rising heat. However, there are also sweet and light notes in the background from the chocolate flavouring. This helps to balance the heat. The beverage has a long finish that is fully occupied by wood flavours.

PRODUCER: Hennessy was founded in 1765, in Cognac, France, by Hennessy Maison Fondee. During his lifetime, he was able to create the first recipes used in this brand. He even began exporting his drinks, mostly to what is now the present-day UK. In 1792, the brand started exporting to the United States. Hennessy X.O., as a variety of cognac, was first created by 1870 by Maurice Hennessy. Today, the brand and its XO variety are famous all around the world.

COUNTRY: France.

PRODUCTION DETAILS: The XO in Hennessy X.O. stands for Extra Old. This means that the blended cognac has to be aged for at least 5.5 years, by the legal definition. However, Hennessy goes above and beyond and ages each batch for between 15 and 20 years before bottling.


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The Producer



In 1765, Richard Hennessy, an Irish aristocrat in the service of France, founded in the Cognac region a trading house of spirits. His son Jacques would then give a quick boost to the company. Since then, the history of cognac has never ceased to be written with Hennessy.

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- Hennessy XO was created in 1870 by Hennessy for the personal use of Mr. Maurice Hennessy, his family and freinds.
- The 100 eaux-de-vie assembled to create X.O were aged for a long time - some for 30 years - to give an unparalleled robustness. Maurice Hennessy gave the name X.O to this extraordinary "extra old" cognac.
- Its intense and deep amber colour is a sign of its strength. Its flavours of candied fruit and its subtle and lightly spicy nose create a complete harmony: a mark of its power and roundness. To taste, a smooth, full sensation gives a simultaneously powerful and soft tonality with a hint of cocoa and a warm fruity presence. The long finish expresses all the complexity of the cognac's blending and its long aging process.
- At once deep and powerful, its character seduces connoisseurs, who appreciate its undeniable modernity and constant revelation of layers of flavours, whether tasted neat, on ice or with a splash of still or sparkling water.
- Limited stocks available as world demands exceeds production.
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Hennessy XO Cognac Inhalt: 0,7 Liter 40% vol. Dieser kraftvolle aber harmonische Cognac besteht aus über 100 Eaux-de-Vie. Bis zu 30 Jahre alt ist jedes Destillat. Farbe: Inzensiv, erinnert an seltenen Marmor. Tasting-Notes: In die Nase steigen sofort Aromen von Backpflaumen und Feigen, dann folgen Aromen von Schokolade, schw. Pfeffer, Zimt, Nelken und Kardamom. Zum Schluss lassen sich Aromen von Kandierten Früchten, Eichenholz, Gewürzen und altem Leder warnehmen. Dieser Cognac schmeckt elegant, robust, ausgewogen und harmonisch. Im Mund Aromen von Backobst und Schokolade, gefolgt von deutlichen Pfeffernoten und Eichenholz. Der Abgang ist lang und lieblich. Zimt- und Vanillenoten verbleiben angenehm lang am Gaumen. Insgesamt eine samtig weiche Textur.
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