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The famous cognac house was founded in 1765 in the town of Cognac by Richard Hennessy, a native of Ireland, from the Ballymacmoy family. Previously, he served with an Irish guard who served in the service of King Louis XV of France. (1710-1774) stood. He became a captain on the island of Ré in the cognac area. As the company symbol, he chose "Bras Armé" (armed arm) from the family coat of arms, which can still be found on every Hennessy bottle today. Hennessy introduced abbreviations for the first time as quality labeling. 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 only produced for family members. However, the company failed to patent it.

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In 1785, son Jacques joined the company. In 1792 this increased the sales volume to almost three million bottles. The family survived the French Revolution miraculously, despite the nobility, and the “citizen of 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 was founded in 1971 with the champagne house Moët et Chandon merged. Today both belong to the group LVMH, Hennessy has the largest reservoir of distillates, which rest in 230,000 barrels in 35 camps. The oldest distillates from the Paradis are a hundred years old or more. The Fillioux family has been responsible for this for seven generations. The barrels are made in French in their own cooper shop (Taransaud) Oak manufactured.

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

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