History Hennessy was founded in 1765 by an Irish aristocrat named Richard Hennessy. King George IV was a great lover of cognac and asked Hennessy to create a cognac which later became known throughout the industry as VSOP or "Very Superior Old Pale" cognac. The Hennessy coat of arms depicting a fist holding a hatchet is testimony to Richard Hennessy's career in the French military which gained him citizenship. Hennessy first exported its fine cognacs to China in 1859 and was at the forefront of French cultural influence in the Far East. The Hennessy family are also responsible for the first cognac classification system by rating quality of cognacs by awarding stars.
Success The success of Hennessy can be contributed too huge reserves of eaux-de-vie, dating as far back as the brand itself. The versatility of Hennessy cognacs makes it very attractive as either a cocktail base spirit or straight in a Balloon.
Range The range consists of the V.S, V.S.O.P, Privilege, X.O, Paradis, Imperial and Richard, rated as both iconic and benchmarks of excellence.
Today Today the company sells over 50 million bottles a year all over the world. Hennessy has been capable of producing cognacs of exceptional quality from reserves stretching back to the 19th century. The most recent of which was the Imperial released in 2011. Hennessy products are currently distributed by LVMH.