There were no more small bottles of Hennessy Vs. So I grabbed Hennessy black. Thoughts? Is it much different than vs?


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Hennessy Black is tweaked slightly to work better in mixed drinks. I'm not sure I could tell the difference.

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Modifiers on bottles of brandy indicate how the raw spirit (eau de vie) was treated after distillation.

"VS" is the basic aging treatment, and spirits that are marked "VSO," "VSOP," and "XO" spend incrementally longer time in bottles, generally resulting in a mellower, better drinking product at the time of blending.

I'm not sure what "black" indicates in the sense of brandy, but Johnny Walker black is one step up from red, which is their equivalent of VS.

So I think what the brandy company is trying to tell you is that what you're drinking is one step up from VS...but then again that could largely be BS on their part.

EDIT: spelling


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I see. It honestly isn't much of a different taste than vs. More smooth maybe.


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The whole gimmick with Black is that it's a blend of many cognacs and aged for a bit over two years (the minimum requirement for VS) in five year old Hennessy barrels - resulting in lighter color and less flavour notes that come from younger barrles (e.g. oakiness, caramel, vanilla, etc).

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