The Bottom Line
- A good value priced cognac for cocktails.
- Readily available and very popular.
- Not quite as smooth as comparable cognacs.
- A blend of approximately 40 cognacs aged up to 8 years in Limousin French oak casks.
- Imported by Moet Hennessy USA
- 40% alc/volume (80 proof)
- Retails for around $30/750ml bottle
Guide Review - Hennessy VS Cognac
Classic cognac cocktails are good starting points for mixing Hennessy VS. Specifically I think of a Sidecar, the Japanese Cocktail, and the Champagne Bowler. The simplicity of these drinks allow the cognac's wood to shine and the simple accents of flavor do a fine job of soften some of the harsher aspects of the spirit. Also, some of the modern cocktails, which are considerably more complex, are even better uses of this particular cognac. The East Side Press is a fantastic example of this because the spiciness of ginger and the soothing aspects of egg compliment its own complexity to create a deep and balanced cocktail.
Hennessy V.S. Cognac is very bold and opens with sweet wood and nutty fragrances that remind you that it is in the room. The palate is warm and filled with floral notes and a considerable amount of wood, which is not overpowering but boldly pleasing. The medium-length finish is marked with a spice that has a slight burn and leads into a lingering melt of wood.
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