Hennessy – Best Selling Cognac Brand in the World!
The ever famous Hennessy is one of the biggest names in the cognac world. Cognac is a variety of brandy made from white wine, which is traditionally very dry and thin. Distilled twice and aged in French oak barrels, the Hennessy cognac brand is headquartered in Cognac, France.
Currently, the Hennessy brand makes 40 percent of the world’s supply of cognac. Wow!
Thirty years after Richard Hennessy distilled his first barrel of Hennessy, the first shipment of Hennessy barrels arrived in America. Ten years after that, those barrels would turn into Hennessy bottles.
Like champagne, in order for a Hennessy drink to bear the name Cognac, it must meet specific legal requirements including being produced in Cognac, France, uses specific grape varietals, be twice distilled in copper port stills and must be aged in French oak barrels for at least two years. Although made in France, the brand was created by an Irishman – Richard Hennessy.
What is Hennessy? Well, the different types of Hennessy, are different blends of doubly distilled white wines made from grapes and known as eaux-de-vie. Hennessy has the largest reserves of cognac eaux-de-vies in the world, with over 350,000 casks in its cellars.
Hennessy alcohol prices vary greatly as there are so many different types of Hennessy cognac.
There is the Master Blenders Selections #2, Hennessy VSOP, Hennessy XO, Richard Hennessy and Hennessy Paradis. Each type is further broken down into years and different categories such as anniversary editions.
Over the years, Hennessy has also come up with limited blends and products. One of the most expensive Hennessy bottles of all time was the Hennessy Ellipse.
The Hennessy V.S (Very Special), on the other hand, is one of the youngest on the Hennessy label so the price of hennessy remains in line with comparable cognacs. This is the most consumed cognac in the world though comparably younger, aged up to eight years in French oak cask and is wonderful on the palate.
The letters that come after the name Hennessy is actually a branding move, much like the Hennessy logo. For example, V.S.O.P is straightforward and means Very Superior Old Pale or XO means Extra Old.
How to drink Hennessy? It is best to drink your Hennessy alcohol straight. However, cocktails are still made with Hennessy liquor so be on the lookout with cocktails with fresh ginger for best tasting notes.
The structured, balanced and perfectly rounded taste of nuts, fruits, caramel, honey, dampness, oak and vanilla is very appealing to cognac drinkers.
Loved by celebrities world wide, the world-famous brand even had a ‘Lady Hennesy’ cross country tour to showcase the brand which included celebrities like Melyssa Ford and top model Toccara Jones.
Get a bottle of Hennessy cognac or a Hennesy gift set for your loved ones like a Hennessy X.O 150th Anniversary End of Year Box to celebrate today! The perfect gift to appreciate and celebrate the special people in your life.
Brandy Alexander is a cocktail made from Brandy and Creme de cacao.
Sidecar is a cocktail of cognac and liqueur.