Drink Review: Hennessy VS Cognac

November 19, 2020
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Benchmark VS from one of Cognac’s ‘Big Four’ producers.Popular the world over for its elegant style and consistent high quality.

Hennessy Review:

Brilliantly smooth and creamy.Refined spirit, with a strong petrolic smell. A little hot at the end. Of the four great Cognac producers – Armand &Ferrand, Courvoisier, Hennessy and Lafitte – Hennessy have the most diverse and well known range of cognacs, from their very prestigious and iconic ‘El Conde’ to their classic XO.

Very smooth and satisfying. Well balanced, but better with food. Since its creation by the Hennessy family in 1845, Hennessy has been seen as epitomising the ‘World’s Best’ in the world’s most-esteemed industry. This pride of creation has been passed down through the generations and is currently being led by Hennessy’s fourth (and, of course, current) generation, Mr. Jean-Marc Hennessy.

Hennessy VS Tasted blind, on paper, there is no comparison. Four letters, four absolutes, who can say who is right. One thing is for certain however, that the Hennessy VS is an absolute classic in every sense of the word.

There are certain great cognacs that have been on the market for around a hundred years, such as Hennessy VS, but when it comes to finding a long standing brand new brand, Cognac S.A. (c/o Cognac) is easily one of the greatest ideas to emerge in the last 100 years.

Even though I’ll be the first to admit I am certainly biased, I then try to be as objective and non-partial to your brand so I’ll try to be as honest as I can. Incidentally, just because I endorse a brand or two doesn’t mean that they are my all-time favourites. I mean, “To each his own”.

Hennessy Review:

The first cognac that my dad ever bought separately from wine was the H2O of a lemon table wine served at my baptism (sadly no-one told me that, I was under the misapprehension I was drinking champagne!) 3 decades later, he is still a huge fan.

The VS is Hennessy’s highest quality product, produced from cognacs using blending methods which combine the expertise and skill of 6 master blenders from every generation.

Hennessy VS is a blend of 4 cognacs. Row 1 : Bruto, Cognac VS from the Grande Champagne vineyard; Row 2 : VSOP; Row 3 : XO and Row 4 : Speciale AOC Cognac.

You’ll never get something as good as this. From the moment that you open the bottle and smell olioli (and particularly the VSOP) cigars will be set aside as garnishes and crème brulee will be dusted off from the shelves. The cognac is so fresh that it needs no added sweetness that annoying blending process can result in. This Cognac is so good with no expense spared.

I can’t find a single negative thing to say about this Cognac and I’m not a fan of saying a thing about a good or better bottle. This is without a doubt one of the finest Cognacs in the world.

Since it is not aged, the mouth feel, colour, consistency and flavour of the VS is very different to any other cognac I have ever tasted.

Hennessy VS. When you look at the percentage of VSOP in front of you, you wouldn’t think that it’s worth the extra cash when compared to any other VSOPs. But nonetheless, VS stands for Vieux Sec; the oxidation of VS (VSOP) Cognac offered from a greater selection of Grande Champagne (11 banks) blooms the example to the word.

To give it a more rounded and extended palate, the VSOP Cognac is maturation blended from the finest VS, VSOP and VS. The VSOP Cognac is then further matured in Oak Casks for a period of 3 years.

In my humble opinion, this VSOP is a hell of a lot better than the VS and I know a lot of people who cannot get enough of this cognac.

Hennessy VS Review:

I am originally from Canada where we drink cognac that costs 3 times what our own Cognacs cost HERE.

I wonder how cognac has developed so much in my short time here. Well, experience tells me that the VS is a great, cheap cognac but not so cheap as to be good!

The VS cognac (the oldest cognac here in Germany) seems to be referred to the VSOP and XO by the German-speaking marketers a lot, but “VS” stands for “Viertel”. This is a group of 4 cognacs made from Grande Champagne. VSOP stands for young VS (young, unoaked cognac, from rows 3 and 4) and XO.

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