The article gives information about the Henessey brand of cognac, its history and about the XO cognac of the brand. Various qualities of the cognac along with its unique creation procedure are discussed. The price and availability are discussed.
The Hennessy Cognac brand dates back to 1765 when the eaux-de-vie trading and producing company was established by Irishman Richard Hennessy. It has, for long, been the most successful cognac producer in the world. The reason behind brand Henessey’s success has been its ability to keep up the family tradition.
Seven generations of the Fillioux family have been Hennessy cellar masters.
This has allowed the Cognac house to uphold quality and retain and pass on its expertise from generation to generation keeping the exquisiteness intact and also build up the most spectacular reserves of vintage eaux-de-vies. The Henessey XO cognac, created by Maurice Henessey in 1870, was not just the company’s, but the world’s first X.O cognac.
XO stands for ‘Extra Old Cognac’ or “old brandy”. An XO cognac must have been cultured and matured for a minimum of 6 years according to international guidelines. The average age of a XO cognac worldwide is 20 years. The average age of a Henessey XO cognac is 45 years.
The XO from Henessey is very different from other cognacs due to difference in the creation process. In the tradition of Charente, wines (which go into making the cognac) are distilled not only during the summer but the entire winter.
This is a very complex and sensitive process which gives out unique results. The Henessey XO cognac is made by a company which has unparalleled knowledge and unique technical skills which owns one of the best stocks of wine in the world.
Hence, the wines which go into making of this cognac are unique too. Over a hundred different eaux-de-vie are blended to make this cognac. These eaux-de-vie range from 10 to 70 years old.
Tasting notes of Hennessy XO Cognac
Deep ocher in colour, the cognac gives out a wonderful heady, complex and simply brilliant aroma of ripe fruit and mellow woody tones with hints of spices The taste is a great balance between elegance and robustness of toasted wood and soft fruit with hints of cinnamon.
It leaves a very intense and lingering after taste of cinnamon and vanilla. The complexity of Henessey XO cognac can be guessed from the fact that it is often described as round and soft and yet has a reputation for being “more masculine” than others in its category.
At the same time, it is also recommended as a cognac beginner’s ideal choice.
The average price of this 70 cl XO Cognac ranges about $100to $ 140 which, considering the traditional and vintage blend, makes it one of the cheapest in its category.
If you are a food and wine connoisseur or simple someone looking to try a new thing, If you are someone looking to throw a party or celebrate an occasion, Henessey XO cognac is a must try. And the best part is it is not very expensive too.
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