Brandy - Cognac

Hennessy Privilège Very Special Old Pale Cognac

From: France Liquor Review Category: Cognac Brandy

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Tier 2
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2012

Beverage Testing Institute

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Wine Enthusiast

  • 2007

Proof66 Notes

Hennessy Cognacs are some of the most famous brandies in the world and (bafflingly) popular in the hip-hop world. From the 1765 founding by Richard Hennessy (of Ireland), it has reached a point where it sold over 35 million bottles in 2001.

Hennessy Privilege VSOP (or Very Special Old Pale) is a more premium expression than the standard VS (Very Special) by virtue of a minimum of 4.5 years aging in oak versus 2.5.

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This bottle has 10 ratings and 10 reviews.
Armadillo7 Armadillo7 (19) (2016-09-18)
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Vossmeister Vossmeister (53) (2016-06-12)
Good cognac
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Muncher Muncher (263) (2016-02-06)
How is it possible that this cognac rates lower than it's younger sibling? In my opinion the VSOP is superior to the VS in every way; the bottle is nicer looking, the color of the cognac is the appealing dark amber color that I favor, and the extra age really improved the youthful edges that are present in the VS. On the nose of the VSOP I get the standard fruitiness (dark berries, apples, and a hint of lemon), caramel, and a good dose of oak. There's no sharp alcohol so I can really get a good nose without burning my nasal cavity (unlike the VS). On the palate that fruitiness and caramel are there just like in the nose, but the oak spice is stepped up another level; it really adds an interesting dimension to what often is the typical brandy/cognac profile: fruity, "smooth", and sweet (and boring). On the finish I get mostly charred oak and a little bit of the fruit. I paid $49 for this cognac and I definitely think it's worth the extra money to buy this over the lacking VS.
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kastjoe kastjoe (1) (2016-01-24)
Not bad, middle of the road for me.
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lpy89 lpy89 (173) (2016-01-07)
This cognac is very oak forwarded with rich smell of vanilla, cherries and prunes. This brandy reminds me of bourbon, which might be good or bad depending on your preference.
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Irishman Irishman (271) (2014-07-23)
Solid 4 stars, maybe 4.5 on this one. Definitely more tasty than the younger VS. Far more oak in the flavor profile and that makes this one very good. If it had a more full bodied finish, it would get 5 stars.
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Phizbin Phizbin (204) (2013-04-17)
I have to agree with the other reviews. This is just a great tasting brandy and perfect for getting started. It's not overpowering or dry. It's sweet--probably would appeal most to people who like sweeter white wines. Tastes beautiful and fruity with just a touch of a warming burn. One I'd like to keep in my bar.
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jimmyan1976 jimmyan1976 (26) (2013-01-21)
the original VSOP. i like this as the best from Hennessy, especially considering that this one costs so less compared to the premium range products. good value with plenty of cognac experience.
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JColeM JColeM (7) (2012-08-25)
Very smooth. A bit pricey but worth every taste.
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holoLIFE_410 holoLIFE_410 (1) (2012-04-24)
I am a regular Hennessy drinker and this is my favorite type of Hennessy. The VSOP has a smooth pour and a very warm, subtle taste.
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  • 3245990987604
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