White Hennessy is a popular great-tasting type of cognac.
Additionally, it’s hard to find, as it’s sold only in Cognac, France, and the Caribbean. So, it’s a little pricey. In fact, a 700 ml bottle of White Hennessy costs about 40$-50$.
However, the price of this well-known drink can vary. For instance, if you buy your White Hennessy from independent importers, you will pay between 100$ and 150$ for a bottle, sometimes even more.
White Hennessy is also known as Hennessy White or Hennesy Pure White Cognac, but all these names refer to one cognac that tastes great.
Now, let’s learn more about this cognac.
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What is Cognac?
Cognac is a type of brandy exclusively produced in the Cognac region in France.
It’s made from a twice distilled white vine in copper pots and then aged in French oak barrels for 2-6 or more years.
Cognac is only produced in this French region from specific grape types like ugni blanc, Folle Blanche, and colombard grape.
Cognac is one of the finest brandies with a particular flavor that depends on its age. The older the cognac is, the better flavor it has. So, the younger types of cognac have fresh fruits, flowers, and citrus flavors.
In comparison, the older types of cognac are smoother, with clear flavors of dried fruits and flowers, vanilla, cinnamon, toffee, chocolate, nuts, and cigars.
Cognac is enjoyed straight, on ice, in mixed drinks and cocktails. It pairs well with different types of food like seafood, cheese, chocolate, mushrooms, and meat. But cognac is also used as a cooking ingredient to enhance the flavor of many sweet and savory dishes.
Hennessy is the best-selling and one of the four biggest cognac producers that produce 85% of the cognac in the world, together with Remy Martin, Martell, and Courvoisier.
Depending on how many years the cognac is aged, there are four official categories, including V.S, V.S.O.P, X.O, and X.X.O. Other unofficial categories include Napoleon, Reserve Cognac, and Hors d’age.
- V.S: Very special which is aged at least two years;
- V.S.O.P: Very superior old pale aged for at least four years;
- XO: Extra old, which is aged at least ten years;
- XXO: Extra extra old-aged at least 14 years;
- Napoleon: aged at least six years;
- Reserve Cognac: aged for about 25 years;
- Hors d’age: High-quality cognac aged 30-50 or even 100 years.
Each bottle of cognac has a label where the grade of the cognac is printed as a guide of the cognac’s age. The price of the cognac depends on how long it has aged; the longer the aging, the higher price.
The true age of White Hennessy is unknown, but it ranges between V.S and V.S.O.P category because it’s aged from 2-50 years.
What is White Hennessy?
White Hennessy is a cognac with a great taste that if you have tried it once, you will want to have it in your cocktail bar and drink it daily.
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If you are lucky to buy a bottle of White Hennessy, you will find that it’s one of the best-tasting, smoothest cognacs you have ever tasted.
White Hennessy is bottled at 40%ABV and sold in 700 ml bottles. It’s a versatile cognac with light honey, yellow color, and a great taste.
White Hennesy is a blend of cognacs with different ages ranging from 2-50 years. So, it’s hard to place White Hennessy into one specific category of cognacs.
The first thing you will notice when drinking this great-tasting cognac is its light, refreshing aroma, with notes of fruits and spring flowers.
When you take the first sip, you will taste its light, delicate taste with notes of fresh fruits and flowers and a long, smooth finish. You can drink it neat, on ice, or use it in your favorite cocktails and mixed drinks.
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Is White Hennessy sold in the US?
White Hennessy isn’t sold in the US. If by any chance you find it in the US, it will be very expensive.
White Hennessy doesn’t have official distributors in the US; independent importers are importing this great-tasting cognac and setting its price on their own.
However, if you have a chance, you can buy White Hennessy in Cognac, France, where it’s produced, and in the Caribbean.
Sometimes White Hennessy is sold online for 100$-150$ or more a bottle, and if they can ship it to your country, you will also pay for shipping.
However, I think when you taste the White Hennessy, you will forget how much you pay for it and enjoy its great taste.
There are also rumors that White Hennessy is illegal or banned in the US, which isn’t true. White Hennessy isn’t unlawful or prohibited.
However, it has a limited distribution and is not sold in the US, and the brand hasn’t given any official information or reason for that.
What is Special About White Hennessy?
Everything is special about White Hennessy starting from the production process and ending with the taste of the cognac in your glass.
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First, White Hennessy is special because it’s made by one of the biggest cognac producers in the world.
This cognac is a blend of eaux–de–vie aged 2-50 years in French oak barrels and made of special types of grapes grown in Grande Champagne, Borderies, Petite Champagne, and Fins Bois regions.
Another special thing about White Hennessy is its light, honey, yellow color, and refreshing aroma with hints of fruits and spring flowers.
And the best and final thing that makes White Hennessy special is its great delicate taste with notes of fresh fruits and flowers and a long, smooth finish.
All in one, White Hennessy is a cognac that can easily become your favorite one. It’s a versatile cognac with perfect light and fruity taste, and you can sip it neat, but it’s also great in cocktails and mixed drinks.
Is White Hennessy Hard to Find?
White Hennessy is hard to find because it’s only sold in Cognac, France, and the Caribbean. This brand doesn’t have official distributors in the USA. and many other countries; therefore, independent importers sell this cognac at higher prices.
There are also 750 ml bottles of White Hennessy sold that are fake because White Hennessy is only bottled in 700 ml bottles, which is one of its characteristics.
If you have seen these bottles of White Hennessy in the store, don’t buy them because they are fake and don’t have the same taste as the original one.
Where is Hennessy Pure White Sold?
Hennessy Pure White is produced from special locally grown types of white grapes, which is why it has a limited distribution and is sold only in the Cognac region in France and the Caribbean.
You can buy Hennessy Pure White in these regions for around 40$-50$ per bottle. But if by any chance you find it in the US, which is rare, then it will be more expensive.
You can also order Hennessy Pure White online and pay about 100$-150$ or more plus the shipping costs if they ship to your country.
Hennessy Pure White is also sold in some duty-free shops. If you find it buy a few extra bottles to enjoy its flavor for longer or give them to your friends to try this great-tasting cognac.
What Do You Drink White Hennessy With?
White Hennessy is a versatile cognac that is great for sipping neat, but you can also serve it on rocks or use it in various cocktails and mixed drinks.
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You can use some mixers for White Hennessy: club soda, ginger beer, ginger ale, pineapple juice, fruit nectars like pear, guava, or passion fruit, and tonic water.
Younger types of cognacs that are aged shorter have a fresher and fruitier flavor and are best in cocktails and mixed drinks. In comparison, older cognacs have a smoother taste and are best served neat.
White Hennessy is one of my favorite cognacs, and I think it’s best to drink it straight to taste its great flavor.
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Tropical White Henessy Cocktail
According to your preferences, you can drink it how you like it best. If you prefer White Hennessy in a cocktail, here is a recipe you can try.
- 2 ounces White Hennessy cognac
- ¾ ounce pineapple simple syrup
- ½ lime
In a rocks glass, add the ice and pour the White Hennessy over the ice. Add the pineapple simple syrup and lime juice. Stir all the ingredients to combine and serve.
How Strong is Pure White Hennessy?
Pure White Hennessy is produced from the finest types of white grapes grown in the wine region Cognac in France. It’s bottled at 40% ABV in 700 ml old-fashioned glass bottles.
How Long is White Hennessy Aged for?
For the production of the White Hennessey is used an eaux-de vie aged from 2-50 years in French oak barrels and made from special types of grapes grown in
Grande Champagne, Borderies, Petite Champagne, and Fins Bois regions.Therefore, it’s hard to define the true age of White Hennessy, but it ranges between V.S and V.S.O.P categories because it’s aged from 2-50 years.
Why is Hennesy Pure White So Expensive?
Hennesy Pure White is produced from special types of grapes grown in the wine region Cognac in France, which are complicated to develop and are harvested for a limited period of one to three weeks.
This cognac is aged in oak barrels for 2-50 years, and the process for its production is difficult. Hennessy Pure White is not easy to find because it has a limited distribution in Cognac, France, where the distillery is located, and in the Caribbean.
All these factors contribute to the high price of the Hennesy Pure White Cognac.
How to Spot a Fake White Hennessy?
Because White Hennessy is not easy to find, many fake drinks try to imitate the genuine White Hennessy. They are distributed in many stores, and you can easily be fooled.
To avoid this unwanted situation, here are some important things you should check before buying White Hennessy.
- The Price of the original White Hennessy is pretty high, and if the bottle of the White Hennessy you are about to buy has a low cost, it’s probably fake. Because the production of the White Hennessy is expensive, there is no chance that the sale price will be low.
- The original White Hennessy has a NAFDAC registration number printed neatly and visibly behind the bottle, while the fake one doesn’t have
- The fake White Hennessy bottle doesn’t contain an excise stamp like the original; you should check the bottle before buying. Or if it has an excise stamp, it’s written with unclear and blurry letters or in some other language.
- The original White Hennessy Cognac has a light, honey, yellow color, and the fake one has a pale yellow color.
- Fake bottles have scars, cracks, alterations, and scuffs, and the original bottles have non of these.
- The original White Hennessy bottles have a relief image –a hand with a halberd on the front.
- Hennessy brand uses laser engraving and a holosleeve hologram on the bottle and the cork.
- Every White Hennessy original bottle has shiny, transparent, scannable foil that should not be broken.
- The original White Hennessy cognac is bottled in 70 cl – 700ml bottles. It’s certainly fake if you notice a bottle of 750 ml labeled as White Hennessy.
White Hennessy is a cognac with a unique taste.
The only downside is that you can’t buy it in your country; however, you can purchase it online from trusted importers and sellers.
If you find a bottle of White Hennessy, make sure it’s original, as only the genuine White Hennessy will give you the taste you will never forget, and always ask for more.
Drink it neat, on ice or make a cocktail and enjoy.
Share your favorite White Hennessy cocktail or mixed drink recipe below, and let’s chat about White Hennessy.