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The term XO was coined for this very Cognac by Maurice Hennessy in the 19th Century. This blend includes over 100 eaux-de-vie.
Nose: Rich, full-bodied with dark dried fruit notes. Dates, plums, sultana.
Palate: Poised, rich, cocoa, dried fruits, nutty.
Finish: Caramel, custard and oak.
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Does not compare well to B. de Gensac VSOP or Martell of the same age or even Remy, if you are into run of the mill Cognacs. The nose is woody with some recessed sweetness , but overall a very weak nose for any Cognac. Taste is exactly the same as a nose, woody with some fruit. No complexity no power just a below average Cognac that has been marketed very well indeed. My comparison to DP is due to the same effect DP brand has on average consumer. If it is (.....insert the commercial brand....) it must be drink of rich and famous= good. Guess again. Hennessy XO is a total let down, especially at the retail price. Try D. Bouju, Audry, Thorin or Tesseron instead.
31st August 2016
I have tried this bottle and I would like to say AMAZING I wish I just had that kind of money to buy one for myself.
30th April 2016
very strong powerful aroma and also bold in taste, enjoyable
15th March 2015
Hennessy XO is perfect for savouring on a cold winter's night in front of a wood fire. It is deliciously smooth and warming without the sharp hit at the back of the throat that you get with some cheaper Cognac's.
30th November 2014
i am dry alcoholic. so i usually don't drink. but this one i use when baking and cooking for friends. it is just great! The taste is complex and very soft. its better than any spice.
6th March 2014
i love this with coke zero. the coke isn't as sweet as normal full fat so doesn't over power the drink......... calm down i'm not that heathen. one of my favoured tipples when notin the mood for a single malt.
24th December 2013
Hi there! As it's a blend, it doesn't have a specific year as such, but what we can tell you is that it's a least 6 years old. --The Chaps at Master of Malt
28th May 2013
what year is it please??
27th May 2013
Just took it for the first time. Its mellow, with a rich taste. Soft on the palate. I'd take it anytime.
27th September 2012
I first sampled this elixir some 30 years ago on a holiday trip to the Bordeaux region which coincided with my 21st.We enjoyed the Peter Ustinov narrated documentary on the history and a trip to the storage facilities where the heady scent filled your brain with the delight to come of the tasting!I have since educated many friends to this magnificent brand.May have to take a bottle with me to the afterlife!St John Bevan
31st August 2012
I got a bottle of Hennessy X.O. Couple years ago for a friends birthday. When we opened it, it was amazing! It's warm and inviting, the taste is was everything that was promised and for some reason it reminds me of Christmas. I can't wait to get my own bottle and I have become a huge fan of the Hennessy brand.
2nd May 2012