Last Updated on March 7, 2023 by Lydia Martin
If you’re a cognac connoisseur, you may have heard of the rumors surrounding Hennessy Pure White as an illegal cognac.
Interestingly, Pure White Hennessy is not officially distributed by the cognac giant anywhere in the US, even on their official website store.
So, why is Pure White Hennessy illegal? Read on to find out.
Pure White Hennessy: An Overview
White Hennessy is one of the most versatile cognacs in the liquor market. For one, it tastes great in a simple cocktail with a little fruit juice.
It is also great to consume neat, as the pale golden liquor is light and fruity, with a bright, sweet aftertaste.
It is bottled at the standard 40 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) in an old-fashioned, gorgeous glass bottle with a gold twist cap instead of the usual cork.
The gold twist cap allows the prolonged freshness of the alcoholic drink even after it’s opened.
Why Is Hennessy Pure White Illegal In The US?
Hennessy Pure White is not illegal in the US, but it is not officially released by the brand anywhere in the country.
Various resources claim White Hennessy is not illegal or banned in the United States. However, it can be hard to get hold of the bottle by ordinary means.
The big question left unanswered until today is why white cognac is not sold anywhere in the country.
The brand has denied giving any official statement or identifiable reason why they’re kicking out White Hennessy from American stores.
Hennessy Pure White bottles are sold only in Hennessy Company located in Cognac, France, and a few stores in Barbados, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean.
A few sightings of the rare alcoholic drink have also been seen at the airport duty-free.
Some have reported seeing a few rogue bottles here and there being sold in a few American stores. But of course, expect to pay top dollar due to difficulty getting hold of a bottle.
Why Is It Hard to Find in the US?
Pure White Hennessy is hard to find in the US because it was not officially released by the brand anywhere in the country.
Hennessy chooses to keep their mouth shut with the real reason behind the limited distribution of Pure White.
If you will check out the Hennessy official website, Pure White Hennessy is not available in their online store.
While there are few sightings of the Pure White Hennessy in local liquor stores, it comes with a hefty price tag because it was imported outside the US.
Is It Illegal to Bring Pure White Hennessy to the United States?
No, it is not illegal to bring Pure White Hennessy to the United States because it is not banned anywhere in the country.
Make sure to comply with the border protection and federal limit on how much alcohol you can carry in your luggage for personal use, and prepare for extra luggage fees.
You can also bring alcohol you bought from the airport duty-free on the plane .
Where Can You Buy Pure White Hennessy in the US?
Pure White Hennessy is available in some liquor stores around the US, but it comes with a hefty price tag ranging from $190 to $299 or more.
Some liquor stores you can check out are the following:
- Kahn’s Fine Wine & Spirits
- Wooden Cork
- Mission Trails Wine & Spirits
- Flask Fine Wine & Whisky
- Froot Bat
- CANA Wine Co.
- Cask Cartel
Unfortunately, you cannot snag a bottle from their official website as they do not officially distribute the cognac anywhere in the country.
“There is a wide range of Hennessy activity catering for various markets in different regions.”-Avukile Mabombo, Hennessy Cognac Brand Manager
It also sparks a debate about whether you are getting authentic products as they have yet to officially distribute the bottles in the United States.
How Is It Different From Regular Hennessy Drinks?
An insider from the company has said on multiple occasions that the White Hennessy cognac is one of the “most difficult cognacs to produce.”
They wanted a light, airy cognac, yet rich and packed with flavor. They achieved exactly that with the Hennessy Pure White brand.
Those who have tasted XO, the most popular Hennessy brand, say it is bold and rich on the nose, like dark chocolate.
It has a sticky toffee, raisins, prune flavor profile, and a long, spicy finish with vanilla and some dark fruits. But, how much is Pure White Hennessy?
Factors That Help Pure White Hennessy Stand Out
As soon as you open Hennessy Pure White, expect a mixture of gentle flowery notes and a subtle hint of oak from the French barrels on the nose.
The delicious aromas of the alcoholic drink are intense without being too overpowering.
Pleasing To The Eyes
Hennessy White is an interesting light-colored cognac, kind of like watered-down honey.
The liquor is also not as thin as water; there is an obvious depth, especially when you swirl it around the bottle.
The first thing you’ll notice when you first swallow a drink of Henny White is the wonderful taste sensation and its long-lasting finish.
Gentle floral and fruity notes linger long after you swallow, making this one of the smoothest, velvety cognacs on the market.
How It’s Blended
Henny Pure White is double distilled and aged inside French oak barrels before blending.
The delicious blend of brandy, or eaux-de-vie , ranges from two to 50 years in terms of aging, giving it a less mature trait.
It is made with eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne, the Borderies, and Fins Bois growth areas.
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Is Hennessy Pure White cognac?
Yes, Henny Pure White is a type of cognac. Cognac is a type of brandy that is produced from white wine.
It is double-distilled to produce two kinds of spirits, brouillis and eaux-de-vie, but these are not considered cognac yet.
Cognac is the final blend of many different kinds and ages of eaux- de-vie to create a unique and complex taste. But, what is Hennessy made from?
Where is Pure White Hennessy available?
Pure White Hennesy is widely available in the Caribbean, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, and Cognac, France.
Why is Pure White Hennessy so expensive?
Pure White Hennessy is expensive in the United States because it is imported outside the United States.
Also, due to the complicated production process, it makes up less than 1% of the world’s spirits, making it more expensive.
White Hennessy is not illegal and has never been illegal in the United States.
The brand has limited distribution of this cognac; unfortunately, the US is one of the unchosen ones.
The cognac giant doesn’t sell it in the country (and many other countries) without publicly revealing the reason, but you can buy it in the US at a high price.
If you get a chance to get hold of a bottle yourself, we highly suggest that you don’t pass up the opportunity.
Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds! Contact at [email protected] or learn more about us here.
10 thoughts on “Why is Pure White Hennessy Illegal? A Complete Guide (2023)”
Great article it answered all my questions. My BF just came back from the Caribbean and brought me back a bottle of Henny white I’m so excited to try it but wanted to learn more before I did, your article did that for me. Thank you!!
I’m so glad you found it helpful. Thanks!
I went to Jamaica in October of 2021 I came back with 2 bottles Of Hennessy pearl white And so many people are often me money for them I pay $69 a piece for them my biggest awful was a $150 what should I do.?
It depends on if money is worth more to you than the enjoyment of this drink.
You could sell one, which will pay for your cost for the two; then save the other for your enjoyment!
Great feedback on White Hennessy, thanks!
Don’t do it,it’s worth much more, goggle it!
I just came back from the Dominican Republic and purchased 3 bottles of Pure white Hennessy for 245$ at the duty free store in the airport.
Love the taste, I went to the Bahamas a couple of years Bach, I bought a six pack, call my nephews. My six pack became a two pack within a month. I had to pump the brakes at that point. It’s has a unique taste. Best 360.00 ever spent.
Spot on! It’s been a decade or so that I bring at least one bottle back if I go to the Islands. It’s a valued commodity among my friends.