Created by Maurice Hennessy in 1870 for his circle of friends, Hennessy XO was the first Cognac classified as XO, or "extra old", because of its extended aging process, which lasts up to 30 years. The original XO Cognac is both elegant and complex, aged and blended to be bold, rich, and persistent. Its deep amber color is a sign of its intensity. At once rich and robust, Hennessy XO Cognac constantly reveals layers of flavors with distinctive persistence on the palate. Perfect for special occasions or business gifts, this premier cognac is rich, robust and complex with layers of flavors that appear with each passing second.