The Hennessy Cognac House was founded in 1765 by Richard Hennessy, the Irish Jacobite military officer. His son James gave the company its name Jas Hennessy & Co. in 1813.
In 1971 the company merged with Moët et Chandon creating Moët Hennessy. The latter merged with Louis Vuitton in 1987. The Hennessy brand sells close to 8 million cases per annum, what translates to roughly 40% of the world’s cognac sales. Hennessy V.S.O.P. is the first cognac to carry such designation (Very Special Old Pale); it was created in 1817 at the request of then Prince Regent and later King George IV. Today’s Hennessy V.S.O.P. Privilège is a blend of up to 60 eaux-de-vie produced form Ugni Blanc grapes and aged for up to 15 years.
Nose: very aromatic, fruity and floral, apricots, apples, sultanas, dried dates, hints of violets, cinnamon, cloves and touch of oak.
Palate: nicely balanced, vanilla, honey, raisins, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, hints of tobacco and oak.
Finish: fairly long, with notes of dried fruit, raisins, tobacco, oak, cinnamon and nutmeg.