Hennessy XO is rich, full-bodied, complex, and has always embodied the finest traditions of Hennessy cognac. Originally created in 1870 by Maurice Hennessy using very old eaux-de-vie, XO was reserved exclusively for his family and friends. XO is blended from more than 100 eaux de vie specially selected from the four premier growing areas. Some of the eaux de vie used in the blend have been ageing in the Hennessy warehouses since the early part of this century.
Its deep and intense amber colour and glimpses of mahogany are an indicator of its power. Open and well balanced, the nose is full of rich aromas of black pepper and wild cocoa, softened by notes of dried and preserved fruits with a delicately spicy edge. Richly textured, rounded and pleasing, it manages to possess both power and softness at the same time, with a chocolatey hint and an all-encompassing overtone of fruitiness. Its tremendous length emphasises its initial complexity. At once soft and powerful, it has an undeniably modern personality, which enables it to be appreciated either neat, on the rocks or even cut with a splash of water.
Traditionally X.O has been enjoyed following a fine meal, however more and more people are discovering the added pleasures of X.O “On the Rocks”.