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The famous Cognac House was founded in 1765 in the town of Cognac by the Irish-born Richard Hennessy of the Lords of Ballymacmoy. Previously, he served with an Irish guard, in the service of the French king Louis XV. (1710-1774) stood. He became a captain on Cognac Island Ré. As a company symbol he chose "Bras Armé" (armed arm) from the family crest, which can still be found today on every Hennessy bottle. From the company Hennessy abbreviations were introduced for the first time as a quality marking. In 1860 the famous stars (three for the simplest cognac and four or five for the better ones) and in 1870 for particularly old distillates XO (Extended Old). The latter was initially produced only for the family members. The company failed to patent it.

Hennessy - company building and bottle

In 1785 son Jaques joined the Firman. In 1792, this increased its sales volume to just under three million bottles. The French Revolution survived the family despite nobility as by a miracle and the "citizen Hennessy" was very respected. Until 1969, the management of the company always passed from father to son. The company is still under the influence of the family, but in 1971 with the champagne house Moët et Chandon merged. Today, both belong to the group LVMH, Hennessy has the largest reservoir of distillates resting in 230,000 barrels in 35 warehouses. The oldest distillates from the Paradis are one hundred years and more old. Responsibility for this has been the responsibility of the Fillioux family for seven generations. The barrels are made in a French cooperage (Taransaud) Oak produced.

The extensive product range includes, among others, the VS (Very Superieur) with three stars (from two and a half to ten years old distillates), the VSOP "Privilège" (from four and a half to 25-year distillates, first delivered to the English royal family in 1817), the XO (Distillates between ten and 70 years, for this the first carafe used for a cognac was created), the "Paradis", as well as the showpiece the VSOP "Davidoff Extra" (consciously chosen name in connection with the famous Cigar brand ). From the latter, there is also a variant "Davidoff Classic", which is assembled from up to 40 years matured in barrels distillates. The product then matures in the barrel for another 18 months before being bottled. The Hennessy Cognac has a special relation to the mysterious " Poe Toaster who visited the tomb of the writer for decades.

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