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Jas Hennessy & Co.
Founded1765; 254 years ago (1765)
FounderRichard Hennessy
HeadquartersCognac, France
Area served
Key people
Bernard Peillon, Chairman & CEO; Boris de Vroomen, International Director
RevenueIncrease EUR954.2 million (2012)
OwnerChris Hennessy
ParentLVMH (66%)
Diageo (34%)

Jas Hennessy & Co., commonly known simply as Hennessy (French pronunciation: ​[?n?si]; by some English speakers casually referred to as "Henny"), is a French brandy distiller with its headquarters located in Cognac, France. Jas Hennessy & Co. sells about 50 million bottles a year worldwide, or more than 40 percent of the world's cognac, making it the largest cognac producer. It is owned by Moët Hennessy, which is in turn owned by LVMH (66%) and Diageo (34%).


Richard Hennessy (1724-1800) founded the distillery in 1765
Brand ambassador Maurice Hennessy at a presentation of new cognac in 2011

The Hennessy cognac distillery was founded by Irish Jacobite military officer Richard Hennessy in 1765.[1] His son James Hennessy gave the company its name Jas Hennessy & Co in 1813.[2] During the 1970s, Kilian Hennessy, a fifth-generation direct descendant of Hennessy, became the CEO of Hennessy, succeeding his first cousin Maurice-Richard. Kilian Hennessy spearheaded the company's 1971 merger with Moët et Chandon, which created Moët Hennessy.[3]

Moët Hennessy merged with Louis Vuitton in 1987, creating one of the world's largest luxury brand conglomerates, Louis Vuitton o Moët-Hennessy or LVMH. In 1988, a management crisis led to the group's takeover by Bernard Arnault, owner of the haute couture house Christian Dior, with the support of Guinness.[] Kilian Hennessy remained on the company's advisory board until his death in 2010 at the age of 103.[3]


Recently, Hennessy has tried to broaden the appeal of the drink beyond its traditional base of older drinkers by introducing new products such as "Pure White", "Hennessy Black"[4] and "Fine de Cognac" and marketing them accordingly.[5]


  • Hennessy Black
  • Hennessy White
  • Hennessy V.S
  • Privilége V.S.O.P
  • Fine de Cognac
  • Hennessy X.O
  • Deutschland Moet Hennessy
  • Pure White
  • Private Reserve
  • Hennessy Paradis
  • Hennessy Diptyque
  • Richard Hennessy
  • Timeless (2000 units produced)
  • Ellipse (2000 units produced)
  • Beauté du Siècle (100 units produced, in chest)
  • Hennessy VVVV (1860)
  • Hennessy No.1
  • Hennessy Silver Jubilee (1977)
  • Hennessy First Landing 1868
  • Hennessy Prive (Travel Retail Exclusive)
  • Hennessy Library
  • James Hennessy

Collectors bottles

Collector bottle Year released Description Notes
Hennessy VS "44" 2009 Honor of 44th president Barack Obama
Hennessy VS "NUL" 2010 National Urban League
Hennessy VS "BOA" 2010 Blending of Art (five different bottles with two designers per)
Hennessy VS "KAWS" 2011 New York graffiti artist KAWS design
Hennessy Fine De Cognac and Tea 2011 Tea House Maison de Thé Théodor
Hennessy VSOP Helios 2011 Gold Bottle (named after Greek god of sun)
Hennessy VSOP "NyX" 2011 Platinum bottle (label glows under black light)
Hennessy VSOP Kyrios 2012 Black bottle (3D label)
Hennessy VSOP Depuis 2013 Red bottle
Hennessy XO Odyssey 2007-11 Released every year since 2007 (2011 bottle sits on rock formation)
Hennessy Kenzo 1997-99 Fashion designer Kenzo (subsidiary of LVMH) [n 1]
Hennessy Red Book 2011 Levandovka filling
Hennessy X Futura 2012 New York graffiti artist Futura
Hennessy Luminous 2013 Brand name on label has luminous glow

Hennessy Literary Awards

Hennessy sponsors the New Irish Writing competition in the Irish Independent, and the associated annual Hennessy Literary Award, that has launched such Irish writers as Joseph O'Connor, Dermot Bolger, Patrick McCabe, Colum McCann, Frank McGuinness, Anne Enright, Hugo Hamilton, Dermot Healy and Neil Jordan.[6][7][8]

In popular culture

Hennessy is mentioned in hundreds of hip-hop songs,[9] including "KC Tea" (2010) by Tech N9ne,[10] "Hennessey" (2004) by 2Pac,[11] "Hennesey N Buddah" (2000), by Snoop Dogg [12] and "Love Scars" by Trippie Redd. It was also mentioned in the opening verse of Korean girl group Blackpink's debut song, "Boombayah" as well as Digital Underground's "The Humpty Dance".

The cognac was notably mentioned in the chorus of the Drake single "One Dance" (2016), in which the rapper references having a Hennessy in his hand.[13] The song saw immense global popularity and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 that year.[14]Hennessy is also mentioned in Blackbear' song "Moodz" featuring 24 Hours and in Jenny Lewis' song "Red Bull & Hennessy".[15]

Hennessy was the favorite drink of Kim Jong-il, leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Hennessy once reported that Kim spent over $700,000 a year on Paradis cognac.[16]


  1. ^ Produced for the Australian, Hong Kong, Indonesian, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, and United States market. Around 18000 bottles were then produced, with the blue version launched in 1997 and the yellow one in 1999.


  1. ^ Time Inc (24 May 1937). LIFE. Time Inc. p. 64. ISSN 0024-3019.
  2. ^ "Hennessy, l'empire du cognac". France-Soir. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Cognac magnate Kilian Hennessy dies at 103". Agence France Presse. 3 October 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ "Introducing Hennessy Black", cocktailenthusiast.com, 2 June 2010; retrieved 16 March 2011.
  5. ^ Hein, Kenneth. "Cognac is in the house", allbusiness.com, 22 September 2003; accessed 8 November 2014.
  6. ^ Vanessa O'Loughlin, "New Irish Writing", Writing.ie; accessed 8 November 2014.
  7. ^ "Your chance to join the ranks of our best writers", independent.ie, 24 March 2012.
  8. ^ "New home for New Irish Writing and the Hennessy Award" Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine, Writing4all.ie; accessed 8 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Lyrics containing the term: hennessy". www.lyrics.com. Retrieved .
  10. ^ Tech N9ne - KC Tea, retrieved
  11. ^ 2Pac (Ft. Obie Trice) - Hennessey, retrieved
  12. ^ Snoop Dogg (Ft. Kokane) - Hennesey N Buddah, retrieved
  13. ^ Drake (Ft. Kyla & Wizkid) - One Dance, retrieved
  14. ^ McIntyre, Hugh. "Drake's 'One Dance' Was Officially The Biggest Song On Thelust Planet In 2016". Forbes. Retrieved .
  15. ^ Jenny Lewis - Red Bull & Hennessy, retrieved
  16. ^ Paul Fischer (2015). A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power. Flatiron Books. p. 169.

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