Since its founding in 1765, Hennessy has been guided by a passion to craft the world’s finest Cognacs – our drive to Never Stop. Never Settle. Hennessy Cognac is crafted with a strict set of standards defined by the Master Blender Renaud Fillioux de Gironde and handed down from generation to generation. However, when it comes to enjoying Cognac, we haven’t followed any rules since 1765. Created in 1870 by Maurice Hennessy for his circle of close friends, Hennessy X.O was the first “Extra Old” Cognac ever invented and established the category. In 1947, Gérald de Geoffre designed the first Hennessy X.O decanter, whose distinctive form is still familiar to us today. Its silhouette is a tribute to the pyramid-like forms of the grape bunches that give birth to the Cognac eaux-de-vie. Hennessy X.O’s intense and deep amber color is a sign of its strength. Its flavors 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 ageing process. Best enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or with a splash of soda water..
Few cognacs are served with the kind of history associated with Hennessy. Irishman Richard Hennessy opened the first cognac distillery in 1765 while serving in the army of Louis XV of France, and in 1794, he took his company global with a delivery of his famed tipple to America, which had gained its independence just 18 years before.
Over 200 years on, and Hennessy Cognac is still renowned for its refinement and sophistication, with XO Cognac occupying the most exclusive spot in their archives. Now, this very special drink is available to all and it has a new look for the holidays. It’s waiting to be discovered in duty free.
Maurice Hennessy first introduced XO Cognac in 1870, as a special treat for his exclusive circle of friends. XO ‒ which stands for Extra Old ‒ is comforting and warming, with sweet notes mingled with spices, woods and a touch of chocolate. Allow it to linger on your tongue and taste candied fruit, cocoa and pepper. Its bold and rich flavour is something worth taking your time over, a flavour to be enjoyed over the holidays and shared among your favourite people. With its special limited-edition box, Hennessy XO Festive Joy is the perfect gift for lovers of cognac.