Hennessy XO Cognac and 6 Exclusive Thomas Bastide Glasses Gift Set

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Country France
Spirit Type Cognac
Brand Hennessy
Size 70cl
ABV 40%

Exquisite gift set containing a 70cl bottle of Hennessy's excellent XO Cognac with a set of six glasses from Baccarat designer Thomas Bastide. An gift that will be treasured.

Created by Maurice Hennessy in 1870 for his circle of friends, X.O (Extra Old) was born at a turning point in history and introduced a new style of cognac: bold, rich and complex.

Its intense and deep amber color is a sign of its strength. Its flavours of candied fruit and its subtle and lightly spicy nose create a complete harmony: a mark of its roundness. To taste, a smooth, full sensation gives a simultaneously powerful and soft tonality with a hint of cocoa and a warm fruity presence. The long finish expresses all the complexity of the cognac’s blending and its long aging process.

At once deep and powerful, its character seduces connoisseurs, who appreciate its undeniable modernity and constant revelation of layers of flavours, whether tasted neat, on ice or with a splash of still or sparkling water.

Country Of Origin: France

The Hennessy cognac distillery was founded by Richard Hennessy, an Irish officer serving in the army of Louis XV. it has, ever since it's creation - set the benchmark for Cognac classifications.  

The Prince of Wales, later King George IV of Great Britain, was a great connoisseur of cognac. He asked Hennessy to create a "very superior old pale cognac." Since then the initials V.S.O.P - Very Superior Old Pale - have been used as a benchmark for the entire industry.

Maurice Hennessy, great-grandson of founder Richard Hennessy, decided to create a cognac classification. He used varying numbers of stars to designate different quality, giving rise to Hennessy's Three Star Cognac, today known as V.S (Very Special). Soon this classification was adopted by the entire industry.

Maurice Hennessy also created the X.O (Extra Old) classification of Cognac. Originally for family and friends, it is today a worldwide reference for cognacs.

In Cognac, and only in Cognac, at Hennessy, cognac is not improvised. It is raised with kindness and attention, firmness and affection. First, there is the grapevine. It yields Ugni Blanc, the light fruity grape specially suited to Hennessy Maison's double distillation in great copper stills. To ensure the aromas will be both excellent and varied, only eaux-de-vie from the four great crus of the region (Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies and Fins Bois), are selected for the privilege of becoming great Hennessy cognacs.  

Next comes the ageing time, a test of vision and imagination, since this phase can extend beyond an entire lifetime. In the Hennessy cellars, casks hewn from over 100-year-old oak trees, exclusively from French forests, stand in a dim light infused with heavy notes. A total of over 300,000 casks rest here. Hennessy is proud to have one of the largest reserve of cognac eaux-de-vie in the world. The Founder’s Cellar is in itself a symbol of this heritage, the time-defying heart of Hennessy Maison. Every single one of these eaux-de-vie has been aged for at least fifty years, and many are over a hundred years old. Once at the top of their potential, they are put in large wicker-encased glass demijohns to preserve their exceptional qualities. They will then be used to create the rarest cognacs. The oldest eau-de-vie dates from 1800.

For over a century, every morning at eleven, a group of men have met in the same room at Hennessy Maison headquarters in Cognac to taste and smell, discuss and decide. These men are the members of the Hennessy Tasting Committee, dedicated to the different phases of blending that lead to creating Hennessy cognacs. They imagine, create and "feel" the perfect harmony. They choose and then blend eaux-de-vie to give Hennessy cognacs their unique and consistent quality, after an ageing process that sometimes takes decades. Within the Tasting Committee, one man stands out: the Master Blender. He is Hennessy Maison's sensory memory as well as the advocate of a long history.

In 1800, the very year Richard Hennessy died, Jean Fillioux joined the company. His ambition: compose the greatest cognacs, one that continues to evolve and adapt to changing tastes. Seven generations later, this passion still runs in the family. Each Master Blender takes the art of blending inherited from his ancestors a little further, in a quest for perfection. Mr. Yann Fillioux, the present heir states "The blend must be perfect." It takes at least ten years in the Hennessy Tasting Committee to develop expertise, really understand cognac and be able to discuss it. Becoming a Master Blender is the demanding work of an entire lifetime.

Country Of Origin: France

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