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15 Best Hennessy Cognac Bottles Ranked (2023 Edition)

Best Hennessy Cognac 

Last Updated on November 5, 2023 by Lydia Martin

When it comes to the realm of top-notch spirits, there’s one name that stands head and shoulders above the rest: Hennessy Cognac. These guys have a reputation that’s off the charts, and for good reason.

It’s no wonder enthusiasts from all corners of the globe have fallen head over heels for their offerings.

Drawing from our team’s personal encounter, allow us to guide you through the captivating journey of this esteemed brand as we uncover the best Hennessy Cognac selections that every discerning drinker should savor.

Trust us, folks, this is gonna be a wild ride. So, sit back, relax, and keep reading.

Top 15 Hennessy Cognac Bottles To Try  

15. Hennessy Paradis Imperial

Bottle of Hennessy Paradis Imperial

Average Price: approx. $3220/750ml 

Alcohol Content: 45% ABV

Why We Like It: The captivating aroma of Hennessy Paradis Imperial is a complex bouquet of dried fruits, floral notes, and delicate spices. 

It bursts the rich tapestry of flavors on the palate, including caramel, honey, roasted nuts, and hints of exotic spices. 

The texture is velvety and indulgent, enveloping the palate with its opulence. The finish is incredibly long and satisfying, leaving a lingering essence of elegance and refinement.

14. Hennessy Paradis Horus

Average Price: approx. $2334/750ml (MSRP)

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV 

Why We Like It: This is a rare and exquisite cognac that embodies the epitome of luxury and craftsmanship. In terms of taste, we like the symphony of flavors that dance on the palate. 

It showcases an exceptional selection of eaux-de-vie, resulting in a harmonious and complex profile. 

Rich notes of dried fruits, spices, and honey intertwine with hints of leather and oak, creating a multi-layered sensory experience that lingers long after each sip.

13. Hennessy Timeless

Bottle of Hennessy Timeless and a Glass of Cocktail Drink

Average Price: approx. $13,000/750ml 

Alcohol Content: 44% ABV 

Why We Like It: Hennessy Timeless is an incredibly rare and exclusive cognac with limited quantities available globally. 

The aroma exudes luxury, with a complex bouquet of dried fruits and fresh floral undertones. On the palate, it unravels the flavors of notes of fruit leather, pepper, and oak.

The texture is silky-smooth, covering the palate with richness and depth. The finish is exceptionally long-lasting and refined.

12. Hennessy VS Cognac

Bottle of Hennessy VS Cognac

Average Price: approx. $44/750ml 

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Why We Like It: The nose is inviting, with vibrant and fruity notes complemented by hints of oak and spices. 

We like the well-balanced experience on the palate, showcasing flavors of grapes, citrus, and a touch of vanilla. The finish is satisfyingly smooth, with a gentle warmth that lingers. 

It’s a great entry point into the Hennessy range, delivering a solid and enjoyable cognac experience at an accessible price point.

11. Hennessy Bras Arme 

Bottle of Hennessy Bras Arme with Box on Table

Average Price: starts at $165/750ml 

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV 

Why We Like It: This cognac is aged in accordance with the approved techniques, and the process can only be carried out in copper Charentais Still or oak barrels for a set period. 

In short, this Bras Arme cognac goes through a complex process – made not only from a single cru but rather from a combination of eaux-de-vies that vary in age. 

As a result, we get to enjoy its burst of flavors and aromas, including cinnamon, spice, and pepper notes. 

10. Hennessy VS Gold Limited Edition

Bottle of Hennessy VS Gold Limited Edition

Average Price: approx. $50/750ml 

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV 

Why We Like It: We like Hennessy VS Gold Limited Edition’s aroma–the fruity notes blend harmoniously with hints of vanilla and oak. 

On the palate, it’s smooth and well-rounded. It bursts flavors of ripe fruits, spices, and a subtle sweetness, followed by a satisfying and warm finish that lingers. 

Overall, Hennessy VS Gold Limited Edition is a visually stunning release that pays tribute to the rich heritage of Hennessy. 

9. Hennessy Paradis

Man Holding Hennessy Paradis

Average Price: starts from $1199/750ml 

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV 

Why We Like It: The aroma of Hennessy Paradis is a little strong, with a complex bouquet of dried fruits, spices, honey, and delicate floral undertones. 

The palate is velvety with a luscious texture, unveiling layers of flavors, including rich caramel, candied fruits, roasted nuts, and a touch of oak. 

The finish is incredibly smooth and long-lasting, leaving a lingering impression of elegance and refinement. 

8. Hennessy Black Cognac

Bottle of Hennessy Black Cognac and Glass on a Table

Average Price: approx. $55/750ml 

Alcohol Content: 43% ABV

Why We Like It: Hennessy Black Cognac [2] is a contemporary and dynamic expression that showcases a fresh and vibrant take on the classic Hennessy style. 

It’s versatile, making it a perfect choice for cocktails and mixed drinks. We like the enticing aroma of Hennessy Black, oozing fruity and floral notes with hints of vanilla and oak. 

It’s smooth and well-balanced on the palate, with flavors of ripe fruits, spices, and a touch of honey. The finish is crisp and refreshing, leaving a satisfying and lingering warmth.

7. Hennessy VS Limited Edition by JonOne Cognac

Two Bottles of Hennessy VS Limited Edition by JonOne Cognac

Average Price: approx. $43/750ml 

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Why We Like It: Hennessy VS Limited Edition by JonOne Cognac is a captivating collaboration between the iconic cognac brand and renowned contemporary artist JonOne. 

“Embark on a quest for perfection, uncovering the hidden gems of Hennessy Cognac, as you journey towards finding the ultimate embodiment of taste and refinement.” – Liquor Laboratory

The nose is filled with vibrant, fruity notes blending with subtle hints of oak, almond, and vanilla. 

It gives a smooth and well-rounded profile on the palate, with orange and wood staves flavors. 

The finish is satisfying, leaving a gentle warmth with clove, cinnamon, and winter spices. 

6. Hennessy Private ReserveBottle of Hennessy Private Reserve with with Glass and a Rolled Cigar

Average Price: approx. $450/750ml 

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV 

Why We Like It: The brand created the Hennessy Private Reserve to celebrate its 100th birthday. 

This unique blend of eleven Eaux-de-vie was created from the fruit grown within Grande Champagne [3], one of France’s most exclusive grape-growing regions, then aged for 60 years.

The nose has green citrus and floral aromas, followed by sweet almond and vanilla. Though the palate feels rough, the finish is long, leaving some spice and lemon notes.

5. Hennessy XO Ice Experience Cognac

Bottle of Hennessy XO Ice Experience Cognac with Ice Bucket and Orang on a Table

Average Price: starts at $200/750ml 

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Why We Like It: Hennessy XO Ice Experience Cognac is a unique and innovative offering that redefines the traditional way of enjoying cognac. 

The nose is rich, with complex notes of dried fruits, spices, and a subtle touch of oak and leather. We usually enjoy this over ice, as the chilling effect enhances the aroma.  

The velvety texture and harmonious blend of flavors are very satisfying to the mouth. The chilled temperature further accentuates the smoothness and elegance of this cognac. 

4. Hennessy Fine de Cognac

Bottle and a glass of Hennessy Fine de Cognac

Average Price: approx. $98/750ml (MSRP)

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV 

Why We Like It: This cognac balances a younger cognac’s vibrant character and the maturity of the older ones.

The aroma is inviting, with notes of vanilla, caramel, and a touch of floral undertones. 

We like its smooth and well-rounded profile on the palate, with flavors of ripe fruits, oak, and a hint of spices. The finish is pleasantly warm, leaving a lingering sweetness.

3. Hennessy VSOP Privilege Cognac

Man Holding Bottle of Hennessy VSOP Privilege Cognac

Average Price: approx. $92/750ml 

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV 

Why We Like It: We consider Hennessy VSOP Privilege Cognac a refined and well-rounded expression. The aroma is enticing, with notes of ripe fruits, vanilla, and a subtle hint of oak. 

We enjoy the velvety texture and balanced combination of flavors on the palate. Rich and smooth, it reveals layers of caramel, honey, spices, and a touch of floral undertones. 

The finish is satisfyingly long and lingers with delightful warmth.

2. Hennessy Master Blender’s Selection No. 4

Bottle of Hennessy Master Blender's Selection No. 4 with Slices of Lemon on a Table

Average Price: approx. $100/750ml 

Alcohol Content: 43% ABV 

Why We Like It: Master Blender’s Selection No. 4 is a limited edition release showcasing the expertise of Hennessy’s master blenders, providing a captivating cognac [1] experience.

“So definitely, my preference for Master Blender No. 4 is neat or on the rocks. Definitely. There’s no point in going higher than 43% ABV.” – Renaud Fillioux de Gironde, Hennessy Master Blender

The aroma is rich and inviting, with enticing notes of dried fruits, spices, and a touch of floral essence. 

Its complex and harmonious profile on the palate layers flavors of honey, toasted oak, and hints of chocolate. We like its velvety and smooth texture with a long and satisfying finish.

1. Hennessy X.O

Bottle of Hennessy X.O with Box

Average Price: starts at $230/750ml 

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV 

Why We Like It: Hennessy XO Cognac is an iconic and revered expression for its enticing aroma filled with a rich and complex profile.

It gives a truly indulgent experience on the palate, revealing layers of flavors, including caramel, chocolate, roasted nuts, and hints of cinnamon and vanilla. 

The texture is velvety, coating the palate with a luxurious mouthfeel. Also, we really like the long and satisfying finish, leaving a lingering warmth and a delightful aftertaste.

FAQs 

What is the highest quality of Hennessy?

The highest quality of Hennessy is the Paradis Imperial. It’s a rare and exquisite blend crafted from the finest eaux-de-vie [4], some of which have been aged for over a century. 

What are the different tiers of Hennessy?

The different tiers of Hennessy include VS (Very Special, aged for around two years), VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale, aged for around four years), and XO (Extra Old, aged for around ten years). 

Why is Hennessy XO so expensive?

Hennessy XO is expensive because of its intricate crafting process. It includes an extended aging process crafted with expertise and excellent craftsmanship. 

Since aging is long, it’s rare and limited.   

How do you drink Hennessy cognac?

You can drink Hennessy cognac neat, over ice, or in cocktails best. But you can add a splash of water over Hennessy cognac to release more flavors and aromas. 

Key Takeaways 

When it comes to a wide array of exceptional cognacs, Hennessy never fails to impress. With their unwavering dedication to excellence, craftsmanship, and innovation, they have curated a remarkable range that caters to a variety of tastes and preferences.

Believe us when we say, as someone who has had the pleasure of indulging in Hennessy XO firsthand, it is an extraordinary journey that transcends expectations.

From the moment you catch its enticing aroma to the moment it gracefully glides across your palate, Hennessy XO is a masterpiece. 

However, Hennessy cognac won’t disappoint, so you still need to try its other expressions. 

References:

  1. https://www.britannica.com/topic/cognac 
  2. https://www.digitaltrends.com/home/hennessy-black-cognac-made-to-be-mixed/ 
  3. https://www.fodors.com/news/photos/10-fun-facts-about-champagne-and-what-makes-this-bubbly-booze-so-special 
  4. https://www.nytimes.com/1998/04/01/dining/eau-de-vie-fruit-s-essence-captured-in-a-bottle.html 

 

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