Hennessy XO Cognac is considered, by many, to be the finest XO Cognac. It is certainly the first XO Cognac, the first Cognac to be designated as “Extra Old”, and was originally created by Maurice Hennessy for the enjoyment of the Hennessy family
In 1765, Irish aristocrat Richard Hennessy, who had been serving in the French forces, founded an eaux-de-vie trading business in Cognac. Under his son James, the company expanded rapidly and the name Hennessy has been interlinked with the history of cognac ever since. Today, Hennessy is the uncontested leader in cognac, selling 50 million bottles a year around the world. Their VS, VSOP, Privilège, XO, Paradis and Richard Hennessy are the pillars in a range of products that are both benchmarks of excellence in the world of cognacs and icons of refinement and luxury. This success is far from simply fortuitous, reflecting an unyielding focus on quality. What is more, the talents of seven generations of cellarmasters from the Fillioux family have enabled Hennessy to constitute the most remarkable reserves of rare eaux-de-vie in the world.
Hennessy XO Cognacis blended from over one hundred cognacs from Grande and Petite Champagne, Borderies and Fins Bois, these come from Hennessy’s cellars, the world’s largest reserve of aged Eaux-de-vie. They range in age from 10 to 70 years old, with an average age of 45 years old. The bottle is a flagship of the Grande Maison de Hennessy – and its decanter was designed in 1947.