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Hennessy XO Cognac (700ml)
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- ABV 40%
Almost beyond all other spirits, cognac requires aging, as only in this way can its delicate properties be fully realised and it’s grapey rawness mellowed. The culmination of time and quality can reap ethereal results. One such example is Hennesey X.O. – or for that matter, almost any X.O. cognac one might be fortunate enough to experience.Originally created in 1870 by Maurice Hennessy using very old eaux de vie, X.O was reserved exclusively for his family and friends. X.O is blended from more than 100 eaux de vie (some of which have been ageing in the Hennessy warehouses since the early part of this century) specially selected from the four premier growing areas.
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”. Simply add one or two ice cubes and a “splash” of water to release the aromas of the blend.
Tasting note: Deep amber in colour indicative of its age, this is a very developed style that has a lovely soft, round mouthfeel and fantastic complexity. The nose displays spicy aromas of oak and leather with the sweeter essences of flowers and ripe fruit. The palate is full-bodied and complex, well-balanced, with the initial flourish dominated by the powerful suggestion of pepper and rancio, which testify to the long years it has spent being aged. The finish is again, complex and long-lasting. The blend is nurtured in cellars which contain the world’s largest reserves of old Cognac, and remains the yardstick of quality for the Hennesey House. 40% alc./vol.
Other reviews… The eaux-de-vie range in age from 10 to 70 years. Deep amber/chestnut brown hue. Nose is opulent, elegant and emits mature aromas of cheese-like rancio, black tea leaves, raisins and oak. In the mouth, this XO displays melded tastes of astringent oaky tannins, ripe grapes and toffee. Aftertaste offers parting sweet tastes of dark caramel and honey. Rating: 85-89
- tasting note sourced from www.wineenthusiast.comsize>