The â€˜extra oldâ€™ Hennessy cognac, also called Hennessy XO, was first bottled in 1870 by Maurice Hennessy for family and friends. Hennessy XO offers a more complex blend of eau-de-vies between 10-70 years old. Aromas of ripe fruit, spices, wood and a nice alcoholic â€˜greenâ€™ are strong on the nose. Also the palate is balanced, elegant and has a robust taste of fruits, cinnamon and toasted wood.
Hennessy has a history dating back to 1765. Irishman Richard Hennessy established the company first as an eaux-de-vie trading business. Today, Hennessy is the most successful cognac exporter in the world. It has forced collaborations with other markets like the Hip-Hop scene in the United States. Its estate and headquarters are based in the famous town of Cognac in Charente. Â