Hennessy VS

Spirit Type:
Rating:
Brandy
★★★★★☆
Score:
91/100
ABV:
40% 
Region:
Cognac, France  
Body:
Medium  
Intensity:
Medium  
Texture:
Medium  
Balance:
Heavenly  
Best served:
Neat  
Theme(s):
Dense oak, fresh white grape, seeded grape, toasted walnuts, ground coffee
In a nutshell:
Lovely dense oak develops with nuts and fresh white grape that develops on the palate into a sugary grape compote moderated by bitter wood and ground coffee with a grape seed finish 
Likes:
Wonderfully balanced with subtle nuanced that create a very drinkable cognac 
Dislikes:
Somewhat weak finish and think mouth-feel towards the end  
Price:
$58
Hennessy VS (“Very Special”) is a cognac comprised of eaux-de-vie from the premier Cognac crus (grapes from specific areas in Cognac) and showcases a dense cloud of oak cloaking a heart of fresh white grape and toasted walnuts. 
 
Nose 
 
Dense wood fills the glass, within which gentle waves of fresh white grape and toasted walnuts pulsate. The toasted walnuts develop into a mild earthiness with fresh almonds picked from the tree (both the almond flesh and the thick bitter husk that comes with it) over which sits some drizzled honey. 
 
Taste 
 
Fresh and light, the bitter oak is beautifully balanced by the sweet honey that develops as the white grape transforms into a sugary grape compote. The sweetness does not dominate, because within it is a nuttiness and woody bitterness that brings some ground coffee; beautifully balancing out that sweetness. This is my type of cognac, not too fruity of sweet and nothing really “stands out”; it is not too oak influence, too sweet, spicy or bitter. The cognac has a harmonious character that delivers a smooth tasting cognac without noticeable ripples. 
 
Finish
 
This is the only real negative, because it is a little weak in terms of intensity but it lingers gently for a long time. The grape theme identified on the nose remains, this time with the bitter crunch of grape seeds that radiate from the tongue. 
 
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