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Hennessy VSOP Privilège: The Original VSOP
Hennessy has established itself as a brand that aims for consistent perfection in every bottle they produce, ensuring they replicate the same taste year after year, bottle after bottle. This is the true art of artisan "savoir-faire", of mastery in their field. Hennessy Cognac VSOP Privilege is the culmination of the craftsmanship that the estate has perfected over centuries of hard work. A traditional, careful aging process in handcrafted French oak barrels allow each of the 60 eaux-de-vie to express themselves, coming to full fruition during this maturation process.
Produced using 100% Ugni Blanc grapes, it's a perfect harmony between the quality eaux-de-vie and the expertise of Hennessy master blenders. The VSOP itself is typical of its kind, with pleasant aromas, a delicate balance and a long-lasting finish. On the nose, soft spices are immediately made present, such as vanilla, clove and cinnamon. The maturation in French oak barrels creates a secondary scent of toasted notes. When sipping this classic Cognac, strength and smoothness converge in a beautifully orchestrated blend of flavors, followed by a softer note of freshly pressed grapes before a lengthy finish.
The very name VSOP, which has become a benchmark in age categories for all Cognac makers, began when the Prince of Wales, King George IV of Great Britain personally requested a "Very Special Old Pale" from Hennessy in 1817. This VSOP is the original, the unparalleled and one of the most famous Cognacs across the world.
How to Enjoy:
Of course, Hennessy VSOP Privilege can be enjoyed neat, but equally it is commonly used by mixologists across the world in both classic and complex, contemporary recipes thanks to its versatility and established presence on the market.
How about trying it in a "Hennessy Sazerac"?
- 2.5 fl. oz Hennessy VSOP Privilège
- 0.8 fl .oz Absinthe
- 0.5 fl. oz Simple syrup
- 5 dashes of Peychaud's bitters
- Garnish: lemon twist
- Rinse your glass with absinthe.
- Stir the rest of your ingredients in a glass filled with ice until chilled.
- Strain into your rocks glass and garnish with a twist of lemon zest.
Hennessy VSOP Privilege Decanter
A traditional and instantly recognizable design, the Hennessy VSOP has a distinct shape that is typical of the estate. History and heritage come together in this classic and timeless design.
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Solid Big Brand VSOP
This was provided to me as a sample. A blend of all 6 cru’s and 60 eau-de-vie. Vanilla, mild oak, and some baking spices lead off the nose. As it opens more, some nice fruit appears. The palate starts fruity sweet, and finishes with oak and spice in a pleasing, medium-long finish. Solid for...
Hennessy VSOP is to the cognac world, what the Macallan 12 is to the scotch world
Hennessy VSOP is to the cognac world, what the Macallan 12 is to the scotch world: global brand recognition, that command top price for a decent, if somewhat uninspired product. Nose: the unmistakable signature Hennessy aroma of heavy oak and vanilla arrives first. Clove, and nutmeg follow. Fresh...
Truly a Privilege!
This is truly a Gem for the money and is great for special occasion or if you bump into it and find a great price, in this instance I found it at the best price i have ever found it. I write this as I am in Nebraska and it is about time I write a dedicated review about this delicious and underrated...
An Honest Review
After finishing and enjoying this bottle, I had to look up and see how much a replacement would cost. When I saw it was only $35, I thought it was going to be a regular staple. Then I realized this was the Privilege, which runs about $70. Despite normally being a frugal cheapskate, I think I will...
Surprisingly good at the price
I had a snifter of Hennessy VSOP earlier this evening at a restaurant following a pleasant dinner, and Iit was an ideal finishing touch to a fine meal. My previous experience with Hennessy Cognac was the VS or 3 star variety. I had previously been somewhat disappointed with the brand until this evening....
About Hennessy Cognac
You may think, that with Hennessy’s ability to innovate and push boundaries, they are a thoroughly ‘modern’ Cognac brand. This is a large part of their immense success and influence. The very French brand based in the Charente region, in fact, dates all the way back to 1765 - to Ireland - but have managed to shapeshift enough times to remain more relevant than ever before - with current Master Blender Renaud Fillioux. Their range of uber-trendy products is ever expanding, and their marketing campaigns all the more captivating. There is no doubt that ‘Henny’ culture is alive and kicking: both Cognac and a fifth of Hennessy are mentioned in what seems like hundreds of songs.
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