Hennessy Limited Editions
Hennessy Limited Editions
Hennessy Limited Editions
The world’s largest Cognac house, Hennessy, has become (even more) renowned for its exciting and versatile collaborations with artists, designers, architects and more.
Each year Hennessy announces an array of new limited-edition releases that have been dreamt up by the world’s most artistic minds and often inspired by the magic behind the Cognac blends themselves.
Have a read through our catalog of all Hennessy Limited Edition bottles over the years as we explore the influences behind each design and take a closer look at the personalities that brought them to life:
- Hennessy Limited Edition 2021
- Hennessy Limited Edition 2020
- Hennessy Limited Edition 2019
- Hennessy Limited Edition 2018
- Hennessy Limited Edition 2017
- Hennessy Limited Edition 2016
- Hennessy Limited Edition 2015
- Hennessy Limited Edition 2014
- Hennessy Limited Edition 2013
- Hennessy Limited Edition 2012
- Hennessy Limited Edition 2011
Hennessy Limited Edition 2021
All Hennessy Limited Editions launched in 2021
VSOP Limited Editions 2021
Hennessy VSOP Lunar New Year
Liu Wei has dressed the original bottle’s shape in a robe of rich and vibrant colors, inspired by a painting entitled SPRING that represents the endless opportunities for growth.
The color palette reflects Liu’s trademark artistic style and evokes feelings of movement and a sense of transformation. The synergy of red and purple is a nod towards Hennessy’s skill in perfectly blending eaux-de-vie to produce the world’s most popular Cognac.
XO Limited Editions 2021
Hennessy XO Lunar New Year
As with the VSOP Limited Edition for 2021, Hennessy asked international acclaimed artist Liu Wei to also redesign its XO bottle in celebration of the Lunar New Year and the beginning of the Year of the Ox.
For the XO version of her design, Liu seamlessly blends together hues of red and gold in the same way that Hennessy skilfully blends its eaux-de-vie. The warm and luxurious colors of the carafe remind us of the infinite possibilities that come with the new year and a sense of excitement at what it will bring.
Hennessy said of its collaboration with Liu Wei:
“The Year of the Ox is traditionally associated with openness, hope, and confidence. In that spirit, Hennessy has partnered with world-renowned Chinese artist Liu Wei for this year’s Lunar New Year limited release of Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège and X.O to commemorate the occasion,”
Hennessy Limited Edition 2020
All Hennessy Limited Editions launched in 2020
VS Limited Editions 2020
Hennessy is well known for its love of a limited edition bottle, and we’re certainly not complaining. It’s always exciting to see what new collaborations and works of art they will produce to house their liquid gold.
The world leading cognac house did not disappoint in 2020 with not only the release of its XO special editions but also two VS bottles and two VSOPs.
Hennessy VS FAITH XLVII
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of their VS limited edition cognac, Hennessy collaborated with the acclaimed South African artist FAITH XLVII to produce a design that features stunning calligraphy and gold leaf detailing. The artist uses symbols of both the sun and time which draw attention to the process of cognac production; the natural elements that are so vital to eaux-de-vie and the years spent waiting for them to age to perfection.
Hennessy VS Gold Cognac Limited Edition
The second VS Limited Edition from Hennessy in 2020 is this dazzling gold bottle in collaboration with the NBA. The Hennessy Limited Edition Gold marks the house’s first-ever partnership with a US sports league. Hennessy addressed the partnership by saying that for more than 250 years, it had celebrated those who push the limits of potential though its “Never stop. Never settle.” ethos and it will continue this tradition by celebrating the spirit of the NBA.
VSOP Limited Editions 2020
Hennessy Chinese New Year Zhang Huan VSOP
A must for any collector has got to be the Hennessy Chinese New Year 2020 Zhang Huan VSOP Cognac. Zhang Huan is a contemporary artist who has celebrated the Year of the Rat with his vibrant dreamscape design which was created on a canvas over five metres long. The stunning work of art is inspired by Hennessy’s library of eaux-de-vie which Zhang reimagined as a metaphor with many mystic layers of meaning.
Hennessy VSOP Privilege Limited Edition 2020 by UVA
The final 2020 limited edition bottle from Hennessy comes in the form of this collaboration with London-based art collective United Visual Artists (UVA).
UVA have composed a dynamic kinetic light installation inspired by the beauty of Hennessy eaux-de-vie and the creation process. Their “Harmonics” piece has been captured in the time-space continuum and is the first of its kind.
This limited edition bottle captures the “Harmonics” piece both dynamically and creatively as the materials used manipulate light and the viewer’s perception.
XO Limited Editions 2020
The term “XO Extra Old Cognac” was coined by Maurice Hennessy himself - who was the founder and Master Blender of the house of Hennessy back in 1870. Since then, the term has been used worldwide to represent a blend of eaux-de-vie that have matured for anywhere between 10 and 70 years. Hennessy XO contains one hundred blends that average out to offer a cognac of 45 years of age.
Putting the art in cognac, Hennessy XO joined forces with world-renowned architect Frank Gehry to create a one of a kind decanter costing 17,000 dollars - all in celebration of Hennessy XO’s 150th anniversary in 2020.
Frank Gehry is known for his iconic architectural design work and his signature sculptural style, which has flourished through a career spanning over six decades.
Examples of his work can be found all around the world and include the likes of Bilbao Guggenheim in Spain, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Opus Tower in Hong Kong and the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris.
The collaboration transforms Hennessy XO’s recognisable bottle into a visual work of art that combines gold and glass together, in representation of the rich legacy that the house of Hennessy holds today.
Paying homage to both movement and light, Frank Gehry remains true to his usual philosophy and approach to work when designing his architectural masterpieces. Gehry’s values hone in on the surrounding nature as he draws inspiration from the environment. For this piece, inspiration was taken from the rich Hennessy blend itself and the shining Charente River running through the Hennessy Maison. Gehry was also influenced by the all-important soil, entwined vines and admirable savoir-faire found at the Hennessy vineyards when designing the decanter.
The Hennessy X.O Frank Gehry bottle is wrapped in a crinkled sleeve of 24-carat gold-dipped bronze, which embodies the flowing movement of water as it reflects the light. The sculptural decanter is encased by a fractured glass glorifier, which further amplifies the inspiration of water and light.
Each of the 150 limited-edition bottles (one for each year since the launch of the original Hennessy XO) are numbered and imprinted with Gehry’s signature and would make the dream bottle for Cognac collectors alike.
Hennessy donated the proceeds from Frank Gehry’s creation to their new initiative called ‘Unfinished Business’, which strives to help small businesses suffering the wrath of COVID-19.
Hennessy XO by Frank Gehry
Cognac connoisseurs who don’t have the means to land themselves the limited edition, 24-carat gold decanter are in luck – as the Hennessy XO Frank Gehry collaboration doesn’t stop there!
Hennessy also launched an additional and much more affordable Hennessy XO 2020 limited edition bottle design that is much more affordable! The golden and deep red carafe’s design takes its inspiration from the fabulous force of nature that goes into producing the rich eaux-de-vie of this blend, this is demonstrated from the patterns of vines and grapes that are artistically embossed on it.
Hennessy Limited Edition 2019
All Hennessy Limited Editions launched in 2019
VS Limited Editions 2019
Hennessy VS Felipe Pantone
Hennessy VS Felipe Pantone: Fans of Hennessy’s collaboration with the hottest artists of the moment were delighted with the 2019 release, ‘Remixing the Present’, which was created with leading contemporary artist, Felipe Pantone.
This Hennessy VS limited edition is a striking demonstration of the talent of the Argentinian-Spanish artist, whose work embraces kinetic art, graffiti, bold color and geometric patterns.
After meeting with Hennessy Master Blender, Renaud Fillioux de Gironde, Pantone was commissioned to create two unique pieces of art for the cognac giant. To gain inspiration he was granted access to the precious Hennessy archives to view antique bottles, long-forgotten packaging, ancient labels and vintage advertising.
Pantone says of his work, which is entitled W-3 Dimensional Three Stars:
“Whether it’s in art or in Cognac-making, you need to appreciate the past but at the same time it’s important to constantly reinvent yourself if you want to keep the flame alive. My work is informed by the past, but it’s totally contemporary. I like to transcend time through an unexpected experience that you can only have through art. I’m always trying to jump on the next wave, to innovate.”
In addition to utilizing many of Hennessy’s historical elements, he skilfully married in aspects of his own signature, such as the lightning bolt. This Felipe Pantone Hennessy bottle joined an illustrious list of previous such artist-inspired bottles. These include those VHILS, OS Gemeos, Futura, Shepard Fairy, JonOne, and Ryan McGinness. Pantone’s release was the 9th such artist collaboration and followed in the footsteps of its predecessors by selling out fast.
Interestingly, Felipe Pantone has managed to achieve his fame without ever publicly revealing his face. Clever use of positioning, props, goggles and masks in his publicity shots have added to his mystery (although perhaps not quite on the same level as Banksy). However, it’s a great self-marketing ploy, and one that’s been continued in the promotion of this limited edition.
As with the other artist bottles, the cognac within is the regular Hennessy VS. It’s the bottle itself that is the limited edition. In addition to the launch of this work of art, Hennessy also showcased two Pantone-inspired cocktails - the Ginger Sour and the Apricot Sour.
Hennessy VS Osa Seven
Hennessy VS Osa Seven: 2019 was a strikingly vibrant year for Hennessy’s limited edition bottles. This colorful VS limited edition is from exciting Nigerian urban artist, Osa Seven, and was released to mark the official 10th anniversary of Hennessy Artistry in Nigeria.
Hennessy Artistry is a multidisciplinary initiative designed to center on music events, artistic innovation and taste experiences to celebrate Hennessy’s art of blending with local culture and flavors. This limited edition VS bottle honors a decade of incredible music and artist collaborations with Nigeria’s cultural circuit.
Osa Okunkpolar, also known as Osa Seven, who designed this bottle, is acclaimed not only for his works on canvas but also for his work on walls, shoes, cars and posters. He is certainly a name to watch out for.
Osa’s heritage and personal culture are central to his artwork, and his talent in graffiti and urban art has gained him considerable recognition. Seven’s multidisciplinary talents across visual art, dance and music have made him a pivotal figure within the contemporary Nigerian art scene, and he certainly sets an example for innovative self-expression.
He explains that when he was younger, many people didn’t believe a graffiti artist could make anything of themselves. However, he paints words that will inspire children to have hope - with words such as happiness, joy, collaboration and peace.
Seven is the founder of Socially Africa’s “Art for a Cause” volunteer program, designed to help bolster community engagement and development.
Inspired by the Nigerian community and its vibrant culture, the primary element of the Osa Seven Hennessy bottle is exuberant color. The graffiti-style Pop Art brings oblique patterns, Nigerian iconography and shapes together, with a ‘7’ logo to represent the artist.
VSOP Limited Editions 2019
Hennessy VSOP by Guangyu Zhang
Hennessy VSOP Privilege Limited Edition 2019 by Guangyu Zhang: The skill of producing great cognac has much in common with all other forms of art. It takes a special kind of person to be able to turn thoughts and ideas into something tangible, that you can see, taste, or smell and the house of Hennessy is well known for its collaborations with some of the most talented emerging artists in the world.
To celebrate the 2019 Chinese Lunar New Year, the number one cognac brand joined forces with the artist, Guangyu Zhang, to create a rather extraordinary work of art that represents the beauty of the circle of life.
The stunning visual collage created by Guangyu Zhang symbolizes the dreams of both past and present, and of heaven and earth. The image, which contains two concentric circles, uses the stunning impact of shades of red and blue. The resulting form is an artistic representation of the craftsmanship that goes into creating Hennessy cognac.
The two circles are representative of the double distillation process, the age-old process that takes place within copper stills. The ship navigating across the lake is laden with the gift of Hennessy cognac, and the vessel arrives in the heart of China right at the time of the Lunar New Year, with all the hope and promise that this brings. To further comprehend the image, you need to understand that the ancient Chinese saw the world as a flat earth under a dome-shaped sky. The natural world is depicted by the images of the boar, the crane, and goldfish. All of this comes together to represent the natural circle of life, and the hopes and dreams this beautiful cycle brings with it.
A rising artistic star in Bejing and London
Shanghai-born artist, Guangyu Zhang, is certainly a rising star. He studied at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China, and also in the UK at Central Saint Martin’s College. He was selected by Saatchi Art as one of the ‘Best of 2014’ artists, as well as being on their ‘One to Watch’ list. His work has been displayed around the globe, including at the Tate Britain in London, and at solo exhibitions throughout Hong Kong and China.
His aim when creating this image for Hennessy was to translate the feeling he found in Cognac into one of color and sense. He says of the work, “To me, there’s an obvious harmony between my world and Hennessy’s. Hennessy Cognac is created thanks to the passion of eight generations of master blenders. It is multi-dimensional”.
The Guangyu Zhang Hennessy designs are available as both a VSOP and XO bottle. The Hennessy VSOP art by Zhang features on a glorious bright red bottle as a dazzling gold label, emblazoned with Zhang’s symbolic and intricate digital art. The XO version of his art features on the dream-like presentation box that the embossed bottle is housed in.
XO Limited Editions 2019
Hennessy Master Blender No4
Hennessy Master Blender No4: This rich, single-batch cognac is the fourth release in the Master Blender’s Selection series, personally crafted by 8th generation Master Blender Renaud Fillioux de Gironde. The Hennessy Master Blender’s Selection No4 has been matured in red oak, which means the casks used for the blend have previously held cognac and are of a significant age - which is evident from their dark, reddish color.
Each new Master Blender’s Selection is as highly anticipated as the last, showing the skill that Gironde puts into his choice of casks. With complete freedom to experiment with new blends, he is able to create singular batches that will never be repeated. Once they’re gone - they’re gone for good.
Like its predecessors, the Hennessy Master Blend No4 comes in a modern bottle featuring a squared-off neck, wooden cork stopper and a white label with blue text. The cork is sealed with a paper seal of authenticity, carrying the Master Blender’s signature as well as batch and bottle number.
Hennessy Limited Edition 2018
All Hennessy Limited Editions launched in 2018
VS Limited Editions 2018
Hennessy VS VHILS
The Hennessy VHILS Limited Edition VS Cognac is the eighth edition in this unique collaboration of the cognac giant with some of the 21st century’s brightest artists. VHILS, from Portugal, uses the technique known as ‘creative destruction’ in his work. Both he and Hennessy have worked together to create a limited edition bottle with what they say has a ‘social conscience’. To this end, the design showcases the faces of various musicians, artists, and activists who are actively working to promote creativity within their communities.
VHILS experiments with various elements in his bottle design, with the use of acid, bleach and, ink, as well as different mediums. The artist works with hammers, chisels, drills, and even explosives to manipulate steel, stone and wood. When you think ‘contemporary’, then VHILS really is the epitome of the word.
The finished effect of the Hennessy by VHILS design is rather striking, with black and yellow tones of many partially obscured faces, that also references the colors and tones of a well-matured Cognac. In addition, if you look closely, you’ll find the Hennessy coat of arms, as well as bunches of grapes and vines also making an appearance.
So, who is VHILS? Well, for those who know their artists, then his is likely to be a familiar name.
This talented young man literally exploded onto the scene in 2008, when he exhibited at the London, Cans Festival. His real name is Alexandre Farto, and he is well-known for working in many different mediums, such as concrete, plaster and oxidized metals.
As with all of these artist-collaborated limited editions, the cognac within the bottle is the regular Hennessy VS. Of course, this is not a product that collectors will buy to drink. Rather, it will be one to add to the already distinguished lineup of such bottles.
VSOP Limited Editions 2018
Hennessy VSOP Privilege 200th Anniversary
Hennessy VSOP Privilege 200th Anniversary Limited Edition: For anyone who has been avidly collecting the Hennessy Limited Edition collaborations with some of the most innovative artists in the world, you’re going to get an extra kick out of this release: Hennessy Privilege Limited Edition - a celebration of Hennessy’s VSOP 200th Anniversary, in collaboration with artist, Can Büyükberber.
Hennessy VSOP Privilege is, in 2018, a massive 200 years old. And this is tantamount to how great a blend it really is. It all came about in March of 1818, when the soon-to-be King of England, George IV, had a specially commissioned “tierçon cask of excellent quality old pale” presented to him by James Hennessy. The masterminded blend created by the Hennessy and the Fillioux families that was to become the iconic VSOP Privilege was thus born.
What makes this cognac so very remarkable is that since its inception the quality has remained unaltered. The secrets of the blend have been handed down from Master Blender to Master Blender, so you can be sure that when you open a new bottle today, you’re enjoying the very same blend that your ancestors did two hundred years ago.
The new Hennessy VSOP Privilege limited edition carafe that we see today pays tribute to both its history and to ‘the future of mastery’. With the design very much in the here and now, thanks to the talents of futuristic visual artist, Can Büyükberber, it really emphasizes the theme, “our heritage is our future”.
Büyükberber is a Turkish-born artist based in San Francisco, California. He uses projection mapping and digital fabrication in his designs. For his project of Hennessy VSOP’s anniversary, his expression signifies the merge of the past, present, and future into a single graphic. This art stands for the very same values as Hennessy – history sliding smoothly into modern times, and further into the future.
In addition to the limited-edition carafe, Hennessy also created a cocktail called “The Timeless Mastery”:
- 2 oz. Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilege Cognac
- o.5 oz. Madeira
- 3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
- Dash Angostura bitters
- Orange twist & gold leaf garnish
Simply combine all of this (apart from the orange twist and gold leaf garnish) in a mixing glass over ice, stir, and strain into a rocks glass. Squeeze the orange twist juice over the top and garnish it with the gold leaf.
Hennessy VSOP Privilege Collection 8 Limited Edition
This addition to the Privilege collection is yet another eye-catching bottle from the cognac giant in collaboration with boundary-pushing artists.
This latest work of art has been designed by contemporary artist, John Maeda. Maeda is an American designer, technologist, and author whose work illustrates when art meets tech. The bottle is a metallic deep rose gold color, with a label that features contrasting red, yellow, and blue shades in a striking pattern.
Hennessy VSOP The Fine Mix Limited Edition Fine de Cognac
Hennessy VSOP The Fine Mix Limited Edition Fine de Cognac: This limited edition offering is a wonderful take on Hennessy’s regular Fine de Cognac, and has certainly turned heads for both its taste and design. It is the bottle and packing that is limited edition, and so definitely one that collectors will be eager to get their hands on. As the name suggests, this is the perfect cognac for creating your favorite mixed drinks or cocktails.
The decanter is a similar shape to that of the traditional Fine de Cognac, however a metallic color palette is used with offset diamond paneling. It is this detail that perfectly complements the orange trademark color of the original design, whilst giving it a stylish and contemporary twist.
This updated take on the regular edition is a result of Hennessy’s digital campaign ‘#thefinemix’, in which consumers were invited to share their ‘fine mix’ lifestyles on Instagram. The designers, ButterflyCannon, are a London-based agency and created their design based on a brief to deliver ‘Instagrammable’ cognac for a premium brand.
XO Limited Editions 2018
Hennessy XO Marc Newson
Hennessy collaborated with Marc Newson to create the iconic 2017 XO decanter, and so invited the internationally acclaimed designer to reimagine his original design and create this stunning new variation.
For this 2018 XO limited edition, Marc Newson has used a subtle gold color with hues of rose, to create a harmonious whole of light, design and assemblage. The result is a dynamic, streamlined variation on the decanter’s traditional shape that breaks with conventions, giving it a wholly unexpected twist. As distinctive as a work of modern architecture, the design with the new rose gold elements amplifies the blend inside.
Once Newson had pared the bottle’s shape to its purest form, the designer chose to reprise its traditional decorative motifs of grapes and leaves, in a corrugated relief. These striations are perhaps the most daring design elements ever incorporated on the iconic Hennessy XO decanter.
Marc Newson said of the design: “For me, the straight lines really highlight the strength of the iconic shape of the Hennessy X.O decanter. When they catch the light, they magnify the blend – its color and sensorial qualities.”
To reinforce the modern spirit of the new Hennessy XO decanter, Marc Newson and Hennessy went beyond the usual confines of spirit bottle design and created an innovative gift box. To dramatize the fusion between the blend and the glass bottle, Newson designed a clear transparent gift box in injected plastic that perfectly mirrors the shape of the bottle itself and required cutting-edge manufacturing. It’s clear, ergonomic shape is molded in a complex plastic more typically used for perfume bottles.
Master Blender's Selection No3
In a world that’s developing a true penchant for the small and the artisan, it can be tough for a world leader to compete. After all, creating cognac by volume calls for a very different production method to that of the craft creator. However, Hennessy has certainly risen to the challenge with its Master Blender’s series.
The Hennessy Master Blend No3 is the first in the range to be created by 8th generation cellar master of the house, Renaud Fillioux de Gironde. And it’s purposefully nothing like the first two in the series, as each one boasts its own unique taste profile.
Of course, this is the whole idea of the Master Blender range of cognacs. Each one has its own unique character; a blend that, once created in a strictly limited run, will never again be replicated. It’s about as close to craft cognac as the giant can get, and if Hennessy’s Master Blender’s Selection No3 is as popular as its predecessors, then it’s going to be a cognac that millions want to get their hands on. But being as it’s a limited edition, this won’t be possible. So if you’re lucky enough to come across one of these much sought-after bottles, we advise on snapping it up as soon as you get the chance!
Hennessy’s Master Blender’s Selection No3 is incredibly smooth, bottled at 43% and composed of a blend of 20 rare and unique eaux-de-vie that has led to an extremely versatile taste experience.
No3 will appeal to both connoisseurs and hipsters. The bottle itself is pleasing to the eye, and the liquor is intended to be enjoyed in so many ways - drink it neat, or over ice. It’s more than smooth enough to enjoy in the traditional manner. But if you prefer your cognac with a mixer or in a cocktail, then it’s great for that too. In fact, the components that make up Henny’s Master Blender Selection No 3 are not used in any of its other creations.
Hennessy has, once again, priced this at a level that’s accessible to all and created a clever concept that in only three short years has created a legion of global fans.
Hennessy XO Ice Bucket Experience
This is a delightful limited edition offering from the number one cognac producer. The regular and much loved XO bottle is presented in a striking gift box that transforms into an elegant ice bucket and also comes with a detachable lid that acts as a stand for your bottle along with a pair of ice tongs.
Hennessy Limited Edition 2017
All Hennessy Limited Editions launched in 2017
Hennessy VS Limited Edition 2017
Jon One Hennessy VS
The 2017 bottle for the renowned limited edition VS series from Hennessy is designed by artist, JonOne. The project also includes a deluxe gift set by the artist, which features a super fun paint tin to carry the extra-large 1.5-liter bottle, and includes a sketch notebook and a jigger.
JonOne’s real name is John Andrew Perello, a Dominican Republic-born street artist who grew up in Harlem and has used his real-life experiences to create artworks that are bright, colorful and have a real ‘feel-good’ factor to them. Today he’s an international name, with artworks displayed in galleries as far afield as Singapore, London and Paris, as well as closer to home in New York and Miami. Initially, his work was classified as freestyle street art, but today he’s also working on painting and creating refined abstract pieces.
We absolutely love the colorful design and packaging. JonOne used only primary colors, layering splashes of color that signify the different layers of aromas and flavors and symbolize the complexity of blending that goes into Hennessy’s cognacs. Some of Hennessy’s own imagery has been incorporated into the design, including that of the year Hennessy first came into being - 1765.
JonOne is not new to the LVMH, the group that Hennessy Cognac belongs to. In 2016, he redesigned a bottle for the perfume brand GUERLAIN, which was also a radiant explosion of color.
Hennessy VSOP Limited Edition 2017
Hennessy VSOP Privilege by John Maeda
his collaboration with John Maeda and his artistic partners has seen the legendary VSOP penetrate industries. John worked closely with musician Kaki King and illustrator Giorgia Lupi and the trio was involved in every stage of the creative project. Together they traveled to Cognac to distill their very personal assemblage from eaux-de-vie with music, design and art.
John Maeda is a leading global digital and artistic visionary, with a goal that reflects that of Hennessy: A fervent desire not to be alone in their respective industries, but to be remembered worldwide.
The Hennessy Privilege Limited Edition 2017 series prompted Maeda and his partners to tour the house’s vineyards in Cognac. The trio not only mixed their innovative approaches but also collaborated to blend an exquisite selection of 7 eaux-de-vie to produce something really special. When you try this limited edition, strength and gentleness combine to create an enchanting taste symbiosis. It is followed by the softer properties of freshly squeeze grapes. Finally, the long-lasting finale surges.
What makes the VSOP even more exclusive is the unique look of the bottle. Maeda’s work with his colleagues is a self-explanatory example of how art encroaches on technology. At the same time, the boundaries between the two areas are blurring: John's creative spirit is combined with Giorgia's detailed illustrations and Kaki's musical ability to let a visual keyboard blossom.
After visiting Cognac and Hennessy's vineyards, Kaki recorded her experiences in a song text. Likewise, their insights into the knowledge that goes into the production of Hennessy Cognac. The finished song has 200 beats. Each stroke for a year from Hennessy's savoir-faire. The illustrator Giorgia took these song notes and pressed them together as if she were pressing Ugni Blanc grapes for eaux-de-vie.
The bars were finally printed in a coherent form on the VSOP Privilège labels. Its long, thin strips are borrowed from the wood from Hennessy's oak barrels, in which this special cognac matures. The arrangement of bright colors on the bottle label reproduces the 7 eaux-de-vie in the VSOP. An honorable tribute to this design era that is transforming the 21st century.
The elegant copper color nods to the traditional techniques used in cognac production. They fill the gap between modern art and traditional heritage.
Hennessy XO Limited Edition 2017
Hennessy XO Marc Newson
The tenth edition to the Hennessy XO Exclusive Collection is this 2017 design by March Newson, who also created the decanter of James Hennessy in 2015.
Marc Newson is a renowned, Australian-born artist who’s been described as ‘the most influential designer of his generation’. Now based in London, he’s been included in Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People of the World. His work is present in many of the world’s major art museums, and his creations continue to break records when sold at auction.
Hennessy XO Ice Limited Edition
This 2017 limited edition offering from Hennessy includes a white pearlescent version of the classic XO bottle, accompanied by a pair of elegant tumblers and all wrapped up in a striking presentation box.
The whole concept of this boxed set is to challenge consumers to enjoy their cognac in a different manner, and as the name and design suggest, this means over ice. Both the shimmering bottle and metallic color palette of the box present this glacial theme perfectly, and the Baccarat crystal glasses, designed by Thomas Bastide, are the cherry on top.
Hennessy XO Ice Experience Pack
Hennessy XO Ice Experience Pack: Similar to the XO Ice Limited Edition above, this boxed set comes accompanied by two Baccarat crystal glasses, designed by Thomas Bastide.
The Ice Experience set is, as the name suggests, intended to encourage consumers to enjoy their XO Hennessy on ice and this is presented by the pearlescent bottle and box, with seductive hues of midnight blue and purple.
Master Blender No2
The second edition to the craft cognac series from Hennessy is a wonderful parting gift from one of the most revered cellar masters of all time - Yann Fillioux. Fillioux used this opportunity to utilize his full creativity, taking advantage of eaux-de-vie that were perhaps in short supply for this ‘never-to-be-repeated’ cognac.
The Hennessy Master Blend 2 is a cognac full of spice, and will appeal to those who enjoy such a taste. The eaux-de-vie were aged first in young French oak barrels before being transferred to older ones for further seasoning. The result is a cognac that abounds with both sweetness and spices, one that is as pleasing on the nose as it is right through to the evolving finish.
The bottle itself is aligned with the other bottles in the Master Blender’s series, and sets them apart from the rest of Hennessy’s products. And this is of course the point, this is an artisanal offering from the world’s most popular cognac brand.
Hennessy Limited Edition 2016
All Hennessy Limited Editions launched in 2016
Hennessy VS Limited Edition 2016
Scott Campbell VS
Hennessy invited tattoo icon, Scott Campbell, to design this limited edition in its VS artist series.
Louisiana-born Scott Campbell is known throughout the world as being one of the most talented hands in the world of tattooing. After abandoning a career as a biochemist at the University of Texas, he fled to San Francisco and began tattooing.
Scott learned his craft at Picture Machine, one of the oldest shops in California, rich with stories and nicotine stained flash on the walls from its heyday in the ’60s and ‘70s. He now owns and operates the legendary Saved Tattoo in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, whose client list includes New York’s art and design elite, fashion designers such as Marc Jacobs, and a long roster of celebrities including Heath Ledger, Josh Hartnett, Orlando Bloom, Helena Christensen and Penelope Cruz.
In recent years, he has gained much acclaim from fine art communities worldwide for his work in mediums other than skin. These include intricately carved sculptures made out of US currency, a series of watercolor paintings based on his 6-week stay in a maximum-security prison in Mexico City and graphite drawings done on the insides of eggshells.
Campbell’s work is seen in some of the most revered collections and museums worldwide. He is celebrated as one of the brightest voices in the New York art scene.
Hennessy VSOP Limited Edition 2016
VSOP Privilege Limited Edition
This special edition has been created by Milan-based artistic duo, Carnovsky, who’ve taken multiple visions of Hennessy’s VSOP Privilege to create a single, unique, limited edition bottle.
While Hennessy has long been a supporter of all things art, this was their first foray into the world of virtual animation.
So - who are Carnovsky? And how did they come to be collaborating with the cognac giant? Well, the duo is comprised of artists, Francesco Rugi and Silvia Quintanilla - a team since they founded their Milan studio in 2006. Since then they’ve created a storm in the world of art by creating a process that blends both 17th-century illustrations with what they’ve named the ‘RGB Project’. This is a digital technique so named for the virtual world’s primary colors - red, green and blue.
We can only imagine how excited the artists were to be invited to visit the Hennessy headquarters in Cognac to work on this special edition of a cognac that was first created in 1818 as a special order for the future King George IV of England.
From Hennessy’s archives, Carnovsky selected patterns and images that strike deep into the heart of this historic house: sun, water, grapes, the house’s coat of arms, the compass. They then created a virtual animation image that told the story of Hennessy VSOP Privilege Cognac in layers - and rendered it in ‘RGB’.
The color red symbolizes the energies and forces involved in creating VSOP Privilege. Green is about the origin of the cognac - nature and the fruit. And blue is the dreamscape of a sensory journey and the experience of tasting VSOP Privilege.
These multiple images on the Hennessy limited edition by Carnovsky coexist harmoniously to the naked eye. But when viewed through a colored filter they take depth, and the hidden story below is revealed. Each purchase of Hennessy Privilege Limited Edition Cognac came with both a leaflet explaining the aesthetic and the colored filter with which the images can be viewed, each customer was also invited to craft their own RGB symbol
Hennessy XO Limited Edition 2016
Hennessy XO Exclusive Collection IX by Tom Dixon
In honor of the grand finale to Hennessy’s 250-year anniversary marathon, the house launched a spectacular special edition bottle of its Hennessy XO Exclusive Collection by British designer, Tom Dixon.
Dixon had worked with Hennessy on releases of a similar design in the previous two years, producing platinum silver and deep copper versions of the bottle design. However, this third installment of the three-year collaboration is a dazzling gold rendition of the iconic XO carafe.
For the Hennessy Tom Dixon collaboration, the renowned designer took inspiration from the hypnotic qualities of crystal, diamonds and precious stones. The relief-like surface of the carafe is designed to reproduce the sensation of these valuable materials through the reflection of light. Its many facets shine and so attract the human eye as a diamond would.
Tom Dixon is a prominent and self-taught designer who has received numerous awards, including the prestigious title of Designer of the Year at the Maison & Objet Paris. He recreated the iconic XO carafe as an expression of ultimate luxury and with the purpose of embodying Hennessy’s pioneering and visionary spirit.
As is the case with Dixon’s previous two editions, the Hennessy XO Exclusive Collection No9 comes presented in a magnificent case that features the same relief design. However, for collectors who have been following the collaboration across the three years, Dixon designed a gemstone-shaped display piece that functions as an impressive showcase for all three of his designs. This creation was limited to only 30 pieces globally, so is a much sought-after collector’s piece.
Hennessy Hors d'Age Limited Edition 2016
To mark the momentous occasion of Yann Fillioux stepping down as the Cellar Master of Hennessy, the house released a small batch of a new collector’s cognac.
Hennessy 8 is a premium, limited edition cognac by Hennessy, only 250 decanters were produced. The first batch of 100 boxes were sold at a price of approximately $40,000.
The Hennessy 8 blend was of course created by master blender, Yann Fillioux and the decanter itself was crafted and handmade by crystal experts, Baccarat.
Yann Fillioux handed over the keys of the cellars to his nephew, Renaud Fillioux de Gironde, marking a new generation at the world’s largest cognac house. After 14 years in the house’s tasting committee, Renaud Fillioux de Gironde, who is an eighth-generation Fillioux family member, succeed his uncle. Yann Fillioux retired after a long career as a “gate-keeper” of the Hennessy know-how.
The tradition between the Fillioux family and Hennessy goes back to 1800 when James Hennessy named Jean Fillioux as the cellar master. Seven generations (and 250 years) later, it will be Renaud de Gironde who will be the new head of the Hennessy craft. It’s a pretty amazing thing that in a house as large as Hennessy there can be a run of 8 generations in a single-family. Even in smaller, family-run cognac houses, this kind of longevity is very rare.
To honor the arrival of the new generation, the house released a new and exclusive cognac decanter: Hennessy 8. The cognac blend pays tribute to the heritage of the line of cellar masters of the house and the bottle represents 250 years of the finest savoir-flaire, a unique item in time.
Hennessy 8’s blend consists of 8 carefully selected eaux-de-vie: 7 of which were selected by Yann Fillioux and the 8th which was selected by Renaud de Gironde. The bottle was designed by internationally renowned artist, Arik Levy, and this was not the first time Hennessy had collaborated with him.
The Levy-designed crystal decanter was produced by Baccarat and consists of 8 rings to represent the 8 Master Blenders. The artwork is extremely intricate - uniting forms, materials and colors from the world of cognac and the crystal stopped is adorned with engraved floral motifs. The decanter is presented in a precious trunk. Using oak staves from the cooperage of the house, Arik Levy has used buckwheat to create a case composed of 25 layers of wood, each symbolizing 10 years of history. It is assembled in a way that they curve around the bottle and are adorned by copper sheets. Arik Levy is famous for his sculptures in various mediums, including wood and glass. Born in Tel Aviv, he graduated from the Art Center Europe in Switzerland and today works out of his Parisian studio.
Each decanter and box was individually numbered and signed by Arik Levy and they were also able to be customized on request. The decanter was accompanied by four tasting glasses which were designed by Georg Riedel and Yann Fillioux, a modern take on the original that was produced more than 30 years ago. The new glass line was exclusively produced for Hennessy 8. The final product also featured a book about Hennessy 8 and a special key, a certificate of authenticity signed by Yann Fillioux.
One of our founders, Sophie, was lucky enough to be invited to the launch event for Hennessy 8 in Los Angeles. It was a super-exclusive do for a small, select group.
The evening started at an art gallery called ‘Please Do Not Enter’ - a funky concept art store in Olive Street, Los Angeles. On arrival, guests were greeted with delicious hors d’oeuvres and glasses of Hennessy XO on the rocks. People mingled and chatted and everyone seemed delighted to have been invited.
Yann and Renaud took to the floor to make a speech, and present the beauty that is the Hennessy 8 decanter. Following this, there were some photo opportunities, including the chance for Sophie to get a shot with Cellar Masters old and new, along with the decanter.
After this everyone was picked up by cars and driven to The London Hotel in Hollywood. Hennessy had taken over the penthouse and roof bar for the occasion and it was here that they were all given the opportunity to taste Hennessy 8.
Yann did another speech before officially handing over the title of Cellar Master to Renaud. Together they explained to guests exactly how they’d come up with the concept for Hennessy 8 and how they’d gone about presenting the blend. Everyone was then presented with a tiny bottle containing a glass of Hennessy 8.
After what was a wonderful experience, it was time for cocktails on the roof terrace. This was followed by dinner and a food-cognac pairing session. The meal was catered by an amazing chef from the Napa Valley - David Kinch. He creates contemporary Californian cuisine inspired by French and modern Catalan cooking. His restaurant, Manresa, located in Los Gatos, had been awarded two Michelin stars for an incredible nine years in a row - and in 2016, it gained a third.
The food was delicious: oysters and risotto. The food-cognac pairing presented Hennessy Paradis and Hennessy XO to go alongside Kinch’s stunning creations.
The amazing job done by Hennessy’s Head of Communications in Paris, Claire Piconnet, must be noted here. She looked after all the guests, ensuring they felt welcome and that everyone got the best out of the evening. She did this with her inimitable Parisian charm, ensuring the night went without a hitch.
Hennessy Limited Edition 2015
All Hennessy Limited Editions launched in 2015
Hennessy VS Limited Edition 2015
Hennessy VS by Ryan McGinness
This limited edition bottle created by artist Ryan McGinness was a great follow-up to those already in the series from the likes of KAWS, Futura X, Os Gemeos and Shepard Fairey.
The Hennessy Ryan McGinness collaboration is a spectacular bottle, with color throughout the spectrum literally exploding off the bottle. A fitting tribute to the cognac house’s 250th anniversary.
The somewhat psychedelic artist who, by his own admission, loves to play with black light, is well known for his contemporary works that examine corporate and public icons. One particular series created by McGinness is the ‘black hole’ and he has, in his own inimitable way, managed to incorporate this beloved black hole and blacklight component into the new Hennessy VS design.
The passion this artist has for his work transcribes into his creations. Ryan admits to not only learning a lot about cognac during the project but also being surprised at how much he and the cognac creators of Hennessy have in common. He said, “They make cognac the same way that I make paintings; that was really surprising. I make these little drawings, which I call elements, and then I combine these little elements into compounds. This is the same process in chemistry. Compounds are used to make mixtures, which are like paintings and sculptures and installations. All my work gets distilled down to these little elements. I found that same process in the making of cognac”.
Hennessy VSOP Limited Edition 2015
VSOP Privilege Collection 6
This collection from Hennessy in 2015 was a collaboration with acclaimed British art director Peter Saville. The artist is well known for his flair for colors and his remarkable technique of re-contextualizing data as a visual and cultural language.
Peter Saville has become an icon due to his legendary artistic vision and desire to push boundaries through his work. For the 2015 Hennessy VSOP Privilege limited edition, Saville explored chromatography to draw attention to individual components of a complex across the color spectrum. With his technique of data visualization, his Hennessy design reveals an architectural, emotionally resonant imagery of color, contrast, finish and texture.
In reconstructing the VSOP blend’s topography, Peter Saville discovered colors derived from the distillation process: the warmth of red and orange hues, the bluish-green encrustation naturally associated with copper, and a Prussian “chemical bright” blue, a color that blends a feeling of richness with the edge of science, as Saville likes to call it.
Hennessy XO Limited Edition 2015
XO by Tom Dixon
This stunning bottle is the second edition in a three-year Hennessy Tom Dixon collaboration: Hennessy XO Exclusive Collection 8.
The British star designer was inspired by the magical qualities of crystal, diamonds and precious stones for this bottle. He chose a sparkling silver to create a relief-like surface that reproduces the sensation of these valuable materials.
For Dixon, this special carafe of Hennessy X.O unites light, materiality, and form in the most harmonious way. The first edition that he designed for Hennessy in 2014 featured a deep bronze ‘crystal’ surface.
The designer’s work is represented in museum collections across the world, including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Let’s hope Hennessy makes it into a museum collection one day with these masterpieces!
James Hennessy Cognac
This 1-liter bottle was another release in honor of Hennessy’s 250th anniversary in 2015. It was designed by Marc Newson, exclusively for airport duty-free stores and comes presented in a sleek gift box.
The decanter pays tribute to one of the family members: James Hennessy, Richard Hennessy’s son. James was a pioneering member of the family who pushed for globalization and international sales. This blend is supposed to have an elegant and contemporary taste – sounds like a “facile a boire” cognac.
James Hennessy was another milestone in the company’s duty-free strategy (like all the big booze players). Hennessy’s mother company LVMH, which also includes Louis Vuitton and Moet Champagne, came up with the store-in-store concept of Les Caves Particulieres and it was created at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. Les Caves Paticulieres is a showcase offering an exclusive selection of the most prestigious Hennessy cognac and Champagne houses.
Hennessy XO Limited Edition 2015: In time for the Chinese New Year and to kick off its 250 anniversary year, Hennessy launched a special limited edition of its highly desirable Hennessy XO.
Designed by the creative team of Appartement 103 in Paris, the special design and packaging are kept in an elegant black and gold color scheme. The letters X and O are abstracted and blown up to adorn the gift box and the bottleneck.
Marc Savary, Appartement 103’s Creative Director described his efforts for the LVMH Cognac house as follows: “The gift box consists of a modern yet abstract graphic play of “X” and “O” letters, that combined with a high level of refinement, paper textures, embossing, gold hot foil, and depth of dark brown, enhances the celebrating spirit. The interior is vibrant, played with shiny and matte gold effects, showcasing the bottle like a treasure in a festive, yet controlled manner.”
Julien Zylbermann, also from the creative team added that the bottle design is a tribute to Hennessy’s visionary founder, Maurice Hennessy, who was the inventor of the now commonly used term “XO” back in 1870.
Hennessy Hors D'Age Limited Edition 2015
James Hennessy Cognac
As you might have guessed, this was another special edition cognac to celebrate the 250th anniversary in style: The Hennessy 250 Collector Blend.
Created by admired Cellar Master Yann Fillioux, the eaux-de-vie that make up the blend have been aging in 250 handmade, specially commissioned 250 liter Limousin oak barrels. Before the eaux-de-vie were placed in these, they had already been aged for at least a decade under ‘optimum conditions’.
Fillioux said of his creation that, “the Maison celebrates 250 years of savoir-faire and excellence by creating a unique anniversary blend. To mark milestone celebrations, Hennessy has always carefully created a special Cognac to illustrate a sense of continuity”.
So what can you expect from the Hennessy 250 Collector Blend Cognac? Well, according to Hennessy, it’s said to offer ‘aromatic tones varying from herbal and spicy to bitter orange, fresh nutmeg, licorice, dried peppermint leaves and saffron’.
And the cognac was not the only thing to look forward to on this landmark anniversary. The Hennessy 250 Tour was a delight that took place from March to September in 2015. It was carefully choreographed and created by art curator Herve Mikaeloff, heritage expert Raphael Gerard, and scenographer Nathalie Criniere.
The Hennessy 250 Tour officially opened in China on March 17th, 2015. The cultural event offered visitors the chance to view Hennessy through the past and present, and even gain a vision into the future thanks to creations by 11 contemporary artists.
The Hennessy 250 Tour was a traveling event, which visited five cities around the world from March to September 2015. First was China, at the Opera Zaha Hadid in Guangzhou. In May it moved to Russia, where the art was on display at The New Manege in Moscow. July was the turn of the USA, at the Lincoln Center, New York, followed by the Circa Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa was in August. The tour ended in September in the French capital, Paris.
So, what delights were on offer? Well, as mentioned, there were some wonderful creations by some top modern artists. These were divided into six ‘chapters’, each depicting historical elements of the cognac house.
The artists included Charles Sandison, with a chapter entitled ‘Infinitas’. The pieces illustrate the ‘birth of a dynasty’, and are a clever intertwining of art relaying the seven generations of Hennessy, including the cellar masters of the time.
Patrick Sorin created a visual display, showing the traditions and rituals of Hennessy through a window, in which he himself played out on stage.
Anon Corbijn was tasked with creating a display that pictured the soul and ethos of the House. The end result was a portrait gallery of the faces behind what’s seen Hennessy grow into the house we know and love today.
The ‘Panoramic Scene’ by Constance Guisset was all about showcasing works from artists who hail from the five countries that the tour visited. They were Yang Yonglian, from China, Kisseleva from Russia, Dineo Bopape Seshee (South Africa), Daniel Arsham (USA), and Laurent Pernot (France).
And such a tour would not have been complete without displays from some of the artists who’ve collaborated with Hennessy over the years to create Limited Edition bottles. These included Shepherd Fairey, Os Gemeos, Futura, Othoniel, Arik Levy and Tom Dixon.
As if all that was not enough, there were live performances and demonstrations at each of the destinations. These shows featured work from local artists – something Hennessy is proud to be behind, and a testimony to the strong links the house has to the countries to which it exports.
Anyone who visited the tour had the opportunity to record a personal message. These were saved in digital format in a 21st-century ‘time capsule’. This will then be carefully stored in the cellars of Hennessy for 50 years, where the capsule will then be unsealed for the 300th-anniversary celebrations in 2065.
Bernard Peillon, CEO and chairman of the house of Hennessy, said of the occasion, “Ever since Richard Hennessy founded the Maison in 1765, and throughout the seven generations that followed, Hennessy has forged its reputation by always looking forward, by being engaged with and passionate about the avant-garde, by cultivation deep ties with faraway countries and cultures, and by thinking globally before that notion was invented”.
Hennessy Limited Edition 2014
All Hennessy Limited Editions launched in 2014
Hennessy VS Limited Edition 2014
VS Limited Edition by Shepard Fairey
The 2014 contribution to the series of popular signature art designs for the Hennessy VS Cognac was in collaboration with the American contemporary artist, Shepard Fairey.
For this limited edition bottle, Fairey incorporated his own design with those that are significant to the history of the house of Hennessy.
Senior Vice President of Hennessy USA said of the design, “Shepard Fairey personifies the qualities Hennessy wishes to champion… This Hennessy Limited Edition bottle design is further evidence of his talent, passion and commitment to his craft, the same characteristics Hennessy has pursued since 1765.”
Fairey said of his elegant design, “My inspiration for this limited edition design was based on the legacy of Hennessy as a brand. To me, Hennessy has always been about quality, authenticity, tradition and elegance.”
And there’s another similarity between Shepard Fairey and Hennessy: Hennessy released the Hennessy 44 Cognac that was produced in 2009 to celebrate the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. While Shepard Fairey designed the famous Barack Obama “Hope” poster that came to represent Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008.
But, back to the bottle: it is both eye-catching and elegant. One that certainly stands out in a collection.
As well as this attention-grabbing bottle, you could also purchase the Hennessy VS Limited Edition Deluxe set in 2014. Once again designed by Shepherd Fairey, these featured two full-sized bottles, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the Hennessy Shepherd Fairey partnership, and three exclusive and collectible stickers.
Hennessy VSOP Limited Edition 2014
VSOP Privilege Limited Edition
Hennessy has created quite a reputation for collaborating with top names to create unique products. This time it was the turn of acclaimed British designer and art director, Peter Saville, to come on board.
This edition to the VSOP Privilege Collector’s Series is the Hennessy VSOP Privilege Limited Edition Bottle, with the Peter Saville touch of magic. The result was a beautifully re-casted carafe in a graduating matte-gold color. Taking inspiration from the origin and composition of the grape itself – the ‘genome’, Saville incorporated a DNA motif into a gridded color scheme, as well as neon pink, electric blue and orange.
Senior Vice President of Hennessy USA, Rodney Williams, said of the creation, “Peter Saville’s creation is an innovative and beautiful nod to the storied history of the Hennessy VSOP Privilege blend.” “… originally created for King George IV, what’s striking is how Peter has taken this historical blend – the world’s first VSOP – and masterfully created a contemporary design that still symbolizes its elevated pedigree”.
This edition was the fifth in the series of the Hennessy VSOP Privilege Collector’s Edition. The cognac within remains the same much-loved VSOP eaux-de-vie that’s stood the test of time. But the bottle itself really is a stunning re-work.
XO Exclusive Collection by Tom Dixon
Ever the masters at combining art and cognac, Hennessy collaborated with renowned British designer, Tom Dixon for this limited edition carafe in 2014.
The Hennessy Tom Dixon XO Exclusive Collection is a unique and contemporary interpretation of the traditional XO carafe, with a visual tribute to the 100+ eaux-de-vie that go into creating the cognac.
Tom’s works are enjoyed around the world in the field of furniture, lighting and accessories. Many of his iconic pieces are on display in museums such as the Victoria and Albert in London, the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, The Centre Beaubourg in Paris and The New York Museum of Modern Art.
His passion is for innovative design, manufacture and vision, and, as he says, “to illuminate and develop the future”. Of his Hennessy creation, Tom said, “The Hennessy XO decanter is a timeless subject that I wanted to deal with in an original and modern manner. It’s a real collector’s item in itself”. The decanter was created using an advanced technique that allows a mosaic of crystal and reflected light. Each copper-colored, crystal-cut facet was designed to mirror the quality of the cognac contained within.
And the Hennessy XO cognac itself? Well, this is a classic cognac that’s remained unchanged since its inception. Created by Maurice Hennessy in 1870, Hennessy XO was, and remains to this day, an eaux-de-vie that is well-deserving of its place on the smartest of dinner tables around the world.
Hennessy Limited Edition 2013
All Hennessy Limited Editions launched in 2013
Hennessy VS Limited Edition 2013
Hennessy OS Gemeos
Brazil has seen an incredible upturn in the world of culture, sports, and economic growth over the past decade. And everyone who’s anyone has visited the vibrant cities Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
Heading into the Football World Championship in 2014 and gearing up to host the Olympics in 2016, Brazil was awaiting the international crowd to enter its borders in 2013.
Just in time to mark the rise of the new ‘super power’ nation, world player Hennessy launched a limited special edition VS Cognac designed by street artists and twin brothers Os Gemeos from Sao Paulo. Sao Paulo is famous for its unique graffiti scene, with amazing wall paintings dispersed all over the city. You can visit entire streets that are covered in graffiti, alleyways covered in drawings and landscapes and huge public walls painted with local imagery and colorful sceneries.
The collaboration between Hennessy and Os Gemeos was the third in the series of bottle designs by street artists. The cognac house had previously invited KAWS and Futura to develop a label for its VS.
Hennessy Os Gemeos shows a row of houses, in typically Latin American colors. It’s not only an invitation to enjoy a glass of Hennessy VS, but also to pack your bags and head to Brazil!
Hennessy VSOP Limited Edition 2013
VSOP Privilege Collection 4
The fourth edition to the VSOP Privilege Collection is a dazzling bottle in graded hues of amber and red that pay tribute to the unique rich red shade of the cognac itself. The glossy finish and sensational presentation box perfectly add to the splendor of this limited edition bottle.
VSOP Kyrios Limited Edition
The Kyrios VSOP Cognac by Hennessy, is a collector’s bottle featuring matte carbon covering and unique codes that tell the cognac’s rich story. It is a modern-day take on the history of Hennessy with a Greek name that translates to “The Lord”.
Kyrios was the first dramatic variation of the Hennessy VSOP carafe and the brainchild of automobile designer Chris Bangle. Bangle took inspiration from the codes of Hennessy’s VSOP to create this statement design. The matte carbon gray robe with slick lines on either side accentuates the silhouette of the bottle, whilst the copper grapes act as a reminder of the ancestral savoir-faire and elaborate craftsmanship of the blend.
The 3D label, which is adorned with 1817, gives the impression that the date is actually inside the bottle - an integral component of its beginning. The appearance of this limited edition bottle takes on two dimensions with its startling carbon-gray color. The first of which is the technical dimension, as this shade was very popular in the automobile industry at the time, and the second is the artistic dimension.
The copper color used for the grapes reminds us of the pot stills, a deep hue that evokes centuries of distillation and adds elegance and style to this carafe.
The cognac itself is the unchanged and world-renowned Hennessy VSOP. With aromas of vanilla, cinnamon and clove, it’s designed to be enjoyed neat, on the rocks or perhaps as a component of a longer drink.
Hennessy XO Limited Edition 2013
XO Limited Edition No.6 by Arik Levy
Every year Hennessy invites a devotee of its iconic XO cognac to reignite their love of the spirit with a new rendition of its traditional decanter. This limited edition is the sixth in the series and is the work of artist and industrial designer, Arik Levy.
Arik Levy’s artwork is often inspired by rock formations and this carried through to his design for Hennessy and acts as a tribute to the XO’s creative strength and subtle alchemy. The iconic decanter retains its traditional shape, but is set into the dazzling rose-gold ‘rock’ that supports it. The bottle’s shape is then also imprinted onto to surface of the jet black gift box that also reminds us of a cliffside.
This sixth generation XO Limited Edition was influenced by nature and perfected through an imaginative creative approach. The exclusive collection pays homage to the role of time in crafting these rare eaux-de-vie, the exceptional character of this cognac and the singular beauty of Hennessy XO.
Hennessy Limited Edition 2012
All Hennessy Limited Editions launched in 2012
Hennessy VS Limited Editions 2012
Hennessy X Futura VS
Carrying on in its highly successful series collaboration with street artists, for this 2012 edition Hennessy teamed up with probably one of the biggest names in graffiti, Futura.
Famous for his work on the New York underground system in the 1970s, this legendary street artist was invited to Hennessy’s headquarters in Cognac to learn about the ethos of the company before creating a bright, funky, 21st-century bottle for this VS cognac.
Featuring the artist’s signature helix visuals on both the label and the cap, we think you’ll agree that this is one bottle that will certainly stand out on anyone’s drink shelf.
Inspiration derived from the perfectly aged spirit, especially its warm amber color palette, FUTURA devised several intersecting lines, complementing color schemes, and finally, a variation of his trademark atomic symbol, to envelop the bottle with a new appearance as well as a new experience for cognac aficionados.
Following the successful collaboration with the New York street artist, Futura, Hennessy then teamed this with a funky pair of trainers from brand leader, Converse. The Chuck Taylor All-Stars sneakers sport a wild summer pattern and came in a numbered box set with a bottle of the Futura X Hennessy VSOP cognac.
The trainers themselves are green and black with a multi-colored ‘paint splattered’ effect, with the Hennessy logo embroidered onto the tongue. The set was only produced in a limited edition and was available from selected outlets only.
Hennessy Hors d'Age Limited Editions 2012
Hennessy Beauté du Siècle
The 12th January 2012, saw the unveiling of Hennessy Beauté du Siècle, an exclusive cognac produced to celebrate the centenary year of Kilian Hennessy, the sixth generation of the Hennessy family after the founder, Richard Hennessy.
Described as ‘a very special cognac in a special chest,’ Beauté du Siècle combines art and cognac in both traditional and contemporary forms. The cognac itself was created by Hennessy’s Master Blender, Yann Fillioux, and is a blend of one hundred of the finest reserves in the Hennessy cellars. These date back over a century to the year 1907.
Of course, such a work of art deserves a decanter of splendid proportions, and this certainly doesn’t disappoint. Created from Baccarat crystal, the Beauté du Siècle decanter is in the form of the sample flasks used by the cognac house. This carafe is presented in an up-to-date take of a traditional liqueur chest. The complete work of art is the finished masterpiece of over ten craftsmen and artists.
With a value of €150,000 euros (before tax), this Hennessy Beauté du Siècle was produced to order, and only an extremely limited number were produced.
This masterpiece was on display at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, in the Finest Cigars and Spirits Store located in departure lounge three. The store offers a truly exclusive range of cigars and spirits, of which a high proportion are sold to the Chinese market.
Hennessy Limited Edition 2011
All Hennessy Limited Editions launched in 2011
Hennessy VS Limited Editions 2011
Kaws X Hennessy VS
This special edition marked the first in Hennessy’s highly sought after limited edition collaborations with world-renowned street artists.
This initial bottle was designed by New York graffiti artist, KAWS and features many of his signature graphics, design and treatments. Born Brian Donnelly, KAWS is now one of the world’s premier graffiti artists whose works sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
A lot of these bottles were produced – 420,000 bottles in all, and they were available to purchase in both the United States and then worldwide.
However, a special version of the KAWS Hennessy bottle was also released in Holland, but this version was limited to only 213 bottles in total. With its funky, bright coloured label, this ‘Colette’ version of the bottle was highly sought after. Each of the 213 bottles were also numbered, and retailed at €24.49 euros.
One other difference is that these limited edition bottles were 700ml in size, as opposed to the slightly larger 750ml of the original Hennessy VS KAWS.
KAWS said of the collaboration: "I admire the Hennessy brand and from the start, felt strongly about working on this project. Hennessy invited me to Cognac where I was able to experience and gain a full understanding of the steps and processes behind Hennessy's craftsmanship, which in turn, inspired the artwork I created for the bottle.”