Hennessy V.S – the modern rendition of the famous Hennessy 3-Star Cognac

December 10, 2018

Ive never been much of a drinker, but I savor those moments for a well aged wine or whiskey so as to appreciate the tradition and history behind the label and their produce. Being exposed to such such luxury items it has encouraged me and motivated me to continue to work hard so as to continue appreciating such products. Nothing tastes as good or feels as good as success especially when you have earned it yourself. The handover of the Hennessy XO and the Hennessy V.S. (very special) Cognac felt almost exactly the same as a recognition and status symbol that rewards you for your success and hard work. A welcome to a special elite group where your tastes, style, and social etiquette has now reached to a new level with new shoulders to rub against.

This was my first experience with Hennessy, not being too familiar with cognac, I approached the first sip cautiously. Expecting something sharp, warm, spicy. Instead, I was blown away by its delicate and complex character. A marriage from the grape flavors of a fine wine and the wooden barrel flavors of an aged bourbon. It was one of those eye opening moments where you turn to your friend with a look of approval that I realized, it was important for me to both explore and really appreciate cognac.

Hennessy XO is where things start to get noticeably more refined and elegant. XO is a blend of 100 different eau de vie aged for up to 30 years, with the youngest being 10 years old and the oldest 30 years. It was originally created as the private blend for the Hennessy family. The nose has lovely toffee and spice notes. The first sip has a bit lighter mouthfeel than VSOP with distinct wood and spice on the palate.

The V.S, on the other hand, is a great everyday Cognac. It is worthy of mixing into almost any brandy cocktail you could think of and is fantastic on its own or over ice. Some people may say it’s priced a little too high if you’re just going to make drinks. However, when compared to what many spend on top- or mid-shelf vodkas and gins today, this argument is outdated.

Hennessy is one of the big names in Cognac and their V.S (Very Special) bottling is one of the most popular.

Hennessy V.S is the modern rendition of the famous Hennessy 3-Star Cognac. It is the flagship of this storied brand and has certainly played a large role in making the Hennessy name as well-known as it is today.

As a global ambassador, I felt extremely privileged to be tasting Hennessy more than I felt “TOP SHELF” and in all honesty I definitely believe that, that was the feeling that the creator wanted to leave you with in the first place. The taste leaves you feeling extremely honored and privileged. It makes me want to save the bottle for a special occasion or for a moment where I want to celebrate and I say this with a lot of love, it doesn’t leave me with the feeling of wanting to share any of it with anybody.

Written by Kyle Clark for Luxuria Lifestyle South Africa

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