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 has always embodied the finest traditions of Hennessy cognac. X.O 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. Rich, full-bodied and complex, X.O combines the spicy aromas of oak and leather with the sweeter essences of flowers and ripe fruit.
Well-balanced, the initial flourish is dominated by the powerful suggestion of pepper and rancio, which testify to the long years it has spent being aged. Complex and long-lasting.
93 - Hennessy XO Cognac, France 750 ml (Tasted 1/1999). "Deep amber hue. Powerful, generous sweet wood and caramel aromas. An exceptionally smooth and viscous attack leads to a moderately full-bodied palate with explosive sweet flavors. Rich, warming finish. A big, sweet, smooth, eminently drinkable style." Tastings