Hennessy’s XO first debuted in 1870, crafted by Maurice Hennessy for friends and family. The blend incorporates over 100 eaux-de-vie with ages up to 30 years. It’s said to be the first XO ever released, with Hennessy dubbing that name himself. According to the brand, that’s why the full name is technically Hennessy The Original X.O.
BRANDY DISTILLED IN A DELIMITED REGION WITHIN FRANCE FROM SPECIFIC GRAPES. MUST BE DOUBLE-DISTILLED TO NO HIGHER THAN 72% ABV. REQUIRED TO BE AGED IN OAK FOR AT LEAST 2 YEARS. ALSO, IF LABELED AS THE FOLLOWING, MINIMUM AGING IS: VS-2 YEARS, VSOP-4 YEARS, NAPOLÉON 6 YEARS, XO-10 YEARS (AS OF APRIL 2018).
“There’s a hefty layer of spice on the nose, with cinnamon and black pepper, along with citrus zest, and dried fruits. On the palate, find a complex and smooth profile, with dark chocolate and softer vanilla, as well as prunes and red fruits, and sweeter candied fruits. The finish is long, easy and warming, leaving behind cocoa, plums and light touches of spice and oak.”