Hennessy Bottle Catalog (last updated: Nov 18, 2018)

(935 full-sized bottles but still not complete; miniatures, midsized bottles, magnums, sleeves, hip flasks and more on separate pages)

      

Introduction

Hennessy was established in 1765, forty years after Rémy Martin and fifty after Martell, but they are by far the number one cognac company in de world and have been number one since 1891! They are now part of the LVMH-group. Hennessy is the company that introduced the use of stars in 1865 as an indication of the quality of their cognacs and only a few years later the use of the acronym XO (Extra Old). Their embleme is the arm with the axe.
They are not well known for their slogans, but one that is used frequently is ‘world’s most civilized spirit’ and derived from that: ‘the civilized way to…’ followed by sentences that imply how to seduce a lady. More recently they are now promoting with: ‘What’s your wild rabbit’ and ‘never stop, never settle…’

Contents:
1. No indication, Three stars, Bras Armé and VS
— 1a. No indications
— 1b. Three stars
— 1c. Three stars and Bras Armé
— 1d. Bras Armé, high shoulder bottles
— 1e. Bras Armé, low shoulder bottles
— 1f. Three stars and VS
— 1g. VS, emblem in red and gold
— 1h. VS, emblem in gold in front of the name “Hennessy”
— 1i. VS, emblem in gold above the name “Hennessy”
— 1j. VS, others
2. VS Limited Editions
3. Fine de Cognac
4. VO, SO and VSOP, cognaçaise bottles
5. VSOP wide tapered bottles, fine and grande fine champagne and liquor cognac
6. VSOP, bottles with a neck emblem in a blob and an oval shoulder label and other different models
7. VSOP Réserve and Grande Réserve
8. VSOP Privilege (not limited editions)
9. VSOP Limited Editions
10. Cuvée and Cuvée Supérieure
11. Bras d’Or and Napoléon
12. Library Collection (Blue Tome, Red Tome, Silver Top and Library)
13. XO
— 13a. XO Cognaçaise bottles
— 13b. XO, JAS Hennessy & Co.
— 13c. XO, emblem in front of the name Hennessy
— 13d. XO, no emblem on the label
— 13e. XO The Original, old glass adornments
— 13f. XO The Original, new glass adornments
— 13g. XO
14. XO Limited Editions
15. Extra and Paradis
— 15a. Extra
— 15b. Paradis
— 15c. Paradis Extra rare and Paradis rare
— 15d. Paradis Imperial
16. Paradis Limited Edition
17. Richard
18. Other decanters (Baccarat)
19. Other editions
20. Special occasion editions
21. Vintages
22. Never been on the market (for special occasion only)
23. Hennessy Extravaganza
>> 24. Miniatures, midsize bottles and magnums: separate page
>> 25. Ministands, sleeves and other specials: separate page

 

1. No indication, Three stars, Bras Armé and VS

1a. No Indication:

Old label  Long label, no indications at all

1b. Three stars:
Aberrant shape Without a separate band with Hennessy on it (fallen off?); no capsule; said to be 75cl on auction. Without a separate band with Hennessy on it (fallen off?) Early USA import bottle Text: Réserve's aux troupes françaises et alliés (early-mid 1940s) different capsule; 70cl; said to be 1940s on auction three stars, 'Hennessy' beneath three stars, 'Hennessy' beneath on seperate label three stars; Schieffelin, New York import (1940s) three stars; Schieffelin, New York import (1940s); different capsule three stars; Schieffelin, New York import (1940s); different capsule and different back side three stars; Schieffelin, New York import (1940s); 4/5 quart; different capsule and with embossed text: Federal law forbids sale or reuse of this bottle three stars; Schieffelin, New York import (1940s); 4/5 quart (stated differently); different capsule and with embossed text: Federal law forbids sale or reuse of this bottle; longer capsule than previous bottle three stars, Italian import (Gancia, Canelli) three stars 73cl, Italian import (Gancia, Canelli); with paper around cap 73cl stated; Soffiantino importer Different importer of the Federation of Malaya. Underneath: Sole Agents L. Rondon & Co. (Japan) Ltd. At the bottom is written: 'Specially imported under licence from H.M. Government' (1940s) Three stars, 72cl (1940s) 72 centilitres stated (1950-60s); with P.S.C. added below on the right side Three stars, 73cl (1950s) Französisches Erzeugnis below (1950s) With importer named underneath (1960s) Produce of France at the bottom and Chinese characters on top three stars, no text underneath three stars, no text underneath (prob 1947-1949); wit a metal duty seal. 72cl and 42% stated on the back (stamp) three stars, no text underneath; with text on the capsule: 'tear to open' three stars, no text underneath. The band with Hennessy on it has fallen off. Beneath in very small print is written: 'cette bouteille ne doit pas etre revendue hors de France' with text 'imprimé en France' very small on both labels (1950s) three stars, no text underneath, with 42% in red (1950s); 73cl Marketenderware (sold during World War II to the German troops) 1940-1944  70 Proof underneath (1960s) 70 proof underneath, with 'Great Britain' on neck label (1960s?; some say 1930s) With 'maximum price 42 /* per bottle' stamped on it; 73cl. No text underneath; with a black and gold capsule. The bottle is a little taller than standard size (prob. 75cl) Asian import for Boustead, Malaysia Three stars (Asian) Produce of France underneath Full Quart (prob. UK) three stars flask

1c. Three stars and Bras Armé (transition period, ca. 1964-1965):

With Hennessy on a separate label; on the neck label is printed: 'The Hennessy Crest'; content not stated.  Three stars bras armé. Not less than 24 FL OZS. Much like previou bottle, but 70 proof and 'not less than 24 fl. oz' on different places Three star Bras armé, no additional label at the bottom; 74cl (1960s) ontent not stated; Produce of France underneath 4/5 pint (0,70L) Without embossed letters on the shoulder and with a Maryland tax stamp

bras armé, three stars; Hennessy not on a separate label Same as previous but with a red capsule  Same as previous but different colour of letters and adornment (1970s)  Three stars, bras armé (Asian) Three stars, bras armé (Asian, variant)

1d. Bras Armé, high shoulder bottles
1da. Bras Armé with the logo running through the ‘s’ of bras armé:

Bras Armé very small on neck logo  With 40% on it and Französisches Erzeugnis  Bras armé, logo overlaps 's' of bras ; 40% stated. Said to be 75cl on auction, but nowhere stated. 1960s. Like previous, but without 40% stated and with a paper seal on top (70cl, 1970s) Like previous, but the arm and ax on the neck logo is more modern: the point of the ax runs over the 'R' of armé and points to the 'M' of armé (1980s) With a 'for duty free sales only' stamp on it (said to be 1960's on auction) Like previous, but with a paper duty seal on top (1980s) 730cc; bras armé, logo overlaps 's' of bras, import Vitale Genova  Idrato cl. 73; bras armé, logo overlaps 's' of bras, import Vitale Genova. (1970s) 73cl; Italian import (Gancia & C., Canelli); 1970s Different text underneath Französisches Erzeugnis; logo overlaps 's' of bras (1960s) 70cl pressed at bottom (said at auction); 'Cognac Französisches Erzeugnis' underneath 1L, not stated, but said at auction; 'Cognac Französisches Erzeugnis' underneath 26 FL OZ (ca 73cl); bottled under Common Wealth supervision (ca. 1970-80) ca 70cl flacon (est. 1960s) 700ml flacon, screw cap

1db. Bras Armé with the logo not running through the ‘s’ of bras armé:

Bras Armé 70cl, no additional text (1960-1970s) Content or ABV not stated; with paper seal on top (70cl) Bras armé, 40% on label Produce of France stated (early 1960s)  Not less than 24 fl.ozs (1970s)  4/5 quart (1970); Schieffelin import (US), crimped cap 4/5 quart (1970); Schieffelin import (US), screw cap 24 fl.oz (1960s) Idrato cl. 73; Wax & Vitale, Genova Contenuto idrato legale 750 cc; Wax & Vitale, Genova (1970s) With 'for duty free sales only' stamp (1960s) Französisches Erzeugnis (1960s); 0,7L stated at the bottom. Französisches Erzeugnis (1960s); with 40% stated 1L variant

1e. Bras Armé, low shoulder bottles

bras armé above Hennessy (1970s) bras armé above Hennessy; with paper seal bras armé above Hennessy; 40% underneath cognac (1960-1970s) 40% and 0,70L stated bras armé above Hennessy; with paper seal; 40% G.L underneath cognac No ABV stated, only one line of text underneath (address line); probably 70cl (see width of address line in comparison to 1L bottle) 70cl not stated; Belgium import (Chassart) bras armé above Hennessy; 750cc (min.gar. 730cc); Italian import (Wax & Vitale); 1970s bras armé above Hennessy; 750cc (min.gar. 730cc); Italian import (Wax & Vitale); 1970s; screw cap is a bit different bras armé above Hennessy; 750cc (min.gar. 730cc); Italian import (Claretta); 1970s Portuguese import (Candido da Silva) Content not stated; Produce of France underneath Duty Free Shop. Said to be 70cl at auction.  Bras armé, fine cognac, 4/5 quart, Schieffelin New York bras armé, fine cognac (on neck label); 24 fl ozs  Almost same as previous bottle: the cap is a little different (different ribs)  Cognac stated above 'Hennessy' and bras armé underneath; Französisches erzeugnis  1L, stated at the bottom of the bottle, click to see detail. (difference with 70cl bottle: width of the address line)  1L bras armé 1L (not stated), Hills Duty Free Shop, London 2 Pints (ca 1.136L); fine cognac on neck label; 1970s

1f. Three stars and VS:

XXX-Very Special; very special is printed above Hennessy. 68cl stated right next to 'cognac' and 24 fl ozs in the right bottom corner; left is 70 proof stated XXX-VS. Left: 70 proof and 40%vol; right24 fl.oz and 68cl. Very special is printed above Hennessy. XXX-Very Special; 68cl stated in the right bottom corner and 70proof and 40%vol on the bottom left (1970s) XXX-VS; 40% stated left below and 70cl on the right. 40 G.L. stated on the left below and 0,70L on the right  XXX-Very Special; Very Special is printed below Hennessy. 68cl stated in the right bottom corner (ca 1990).  XXX-Very Special; Very Special is printed below Hennessy. 'e 68cl' stated in the right bottom corner (ca 1990).   XXX-Very Special; Very Special is printed below Hennessy. 'e 0,70L' stated in the right bottom corner (1980s).  Three stars also on the main label; HKDNP stated on back. 70cl stated on the box.  0,70l bottle (stated on the box); Three stars also on the main label and 'very special' below Hennessy. HKDNP stated on back-side. (1970s)  Three stars also on the main label and 'very special' above Hennessy. HKDNP stated on back-side differently. (1970s, 70cl, not stated.)  XXX-VS logo in red and gold and 'very special' printed below Hennessy; 70cl stated; text underneath is in French  XXX-VS logo in red and gold and 'very special' printed below Hennessy; 68cl; text underneath in English  XXX-VS logo in red and gold; 70cl; text underneath in English XXX-VS logo in red and gold; 75cl (1980s)

1g. VS with emblem in red and gold
Emblem in red and gold on top of main label:

70cl stated right below (1980s) e70cl stated right below VS, logo in red and gold; 750ml left below and alcohol percentage right below VS, logo in red and gold; 40% left below and content e68cl right below. Different text underneath (Claretta import); 70cl 68cl stated; VS is left off of the shoulder emblem (around 1990)  750ml stated and 'Product of France' 1L bottle (1980s)  1L bottle with a paper duty seal (Spanish import)

1h. VS, Emblem in front of the name Hennessy
Very Special placed below Hennessy:

VS, logo before 'Hennessy'; yellow label (1970s)  VS, logo before 'Hennessy'; ecru label (1980s)  Content and ABV stated and an additional address line  VS, logo before 'Hennessy' with content and alcohol percentage stated. Beneath it also says: 'produced en France' More text underneath: Claretta import, 70cl Different text stating alcohol percentage and content 750ml 1L, 'N.A.A.F.I. stores for H.M. Forces'; on the back it says: 'contents 100 centilitres'

Very Special placed above Hennessy:

Very special placed above Hennessy VS, logo before 'Hennessy'; 'Very Special' above Hennessy; with content and alcohol percentage stated; Französisches Erzeugnis on back (1960-70s)  'Very Special' above Hennessy; Claretta import; 70cl   'Very Special' above Hennessy; Claretta import; 75cl  'Very Special' above Hennessy; content and abv not stated

1i. VS, emblem in gold above the name
1ia. VS is stated on the shoulder label above the emblem:

70cl and 40%vol are stated No content and no percentage stated With 'Product of France' stated underneath; 700 or 750ml: very hard to read (said to be 750ml on auction) 750ml stated 750ml (not stated) 1L bottle, stated is e1,00L Stated is: 1,0L

1ib. VS is stated on the shoulder label below the emblem:

70cl stated Same as previous, but with a paper seal on top Label is more yellow and cap is more gold (1990s) 700ml stated 1L bottle; different colour of letters, cap and label 1L bottle; VS in neck label at the bottom; text on cap in French 1L Duty Free

1ic. VS is left off of shoulder label:

Both VS and 1765 are left off the shoulder emblem; 70cl stated. Round shoulder (around 1990) 700ml stated; no 1765 in the glass below the label. Round shoulder 1765 in the glass below the label. New design bottle: Pinifarina. Designed in 2013. Shoulder line is sharper and foot is more elegant; 700ml stated New design bottle: Pinifarina. Designed in 2013. Shoulder line is sharper and foot is more elegant; no content stated Pininfarina design; 40%Vol on the botton left and 70cl stated on the bottom right Same as previous (Pininfarina design), but with a paper seal on top 70cl stated on the bottom right; ABV not stated (Pininfarina)   750ml stated (Pininfarina)   1 Liter (stated); Pininfarina  1,00 L stated; Pininfarina

1j. VS, Others

 0,70L flask  0,70L flask  just the logo (in between three stars and VO)

2. VS Limited editions

Luminous editions (ecru in 2013 and black label in 2017):

Luminous (2013); e70cl stated on the lower right luminous lighted (2013) luminous 1L  Luminous 1L variant ('very special' is lighted too) Luminous black label, ultra limited (2017) Black Luminous ultra limited; 70cl; all text on the label in white Luminous black label, lighted 1L Luminous black label, ultra limited

Collaboration with various artists:
2009, Number 1, Kesh and Burrows:

Number 1, Kesh and Burrows; 70cl (2009) Number 1, Kesh and Burrows (2009) with a paper duty seal on top; 70cl 700ml stated

2010, Blending of Art (BOA):

[first the 5 BOA bottles and also the devils bottle in a different colour (probably a rejected prelimanary draft); followed by the same bottles with the label unfolded and fully visible]

 Q-Tip and SpaceknuckleQuestlove and Aerosyn-Lex MestrovicKid Sister and FafiSteve Aoki and Laundry A Trak V.S Dust La Rock

2011, Kaws:

. Kaws1 (2011): Kaws with alcohol percentage and content 70cl stated  Kaws with alcohol percentage and content 750ml stated  Kaws; 100cl stated in the bottom-right green area 100cl stated, with a paper duty seal Kaws 2 (blue); 70cl and abv stated Kaws2 (2011); content not stated

2012, Futura:

Futura 1 (2012); 70cl stated Futura 1 (2012) 70cl; with a paper seal on top Futura 1 (2012) with 750ml stated No content stated (70cl) Futura 2 (2012) No content stated

2013, Os Gemeos:

Os Gemeos (2013) Os Gemeos, 70cl stated 70cl with a paper duty seal on top Os Gemeos with alcohol content and 750ml volume stated

2014, Shepard Fairey:

Shepard Fairey, regular (red and yellow with gold lettering; 2014) Shepard Fairey, regular (gold lettering; 2014) with alcohol percentage and content 70cl stated Shepard Fairey, regular (gold lettering; 2014) with alcohol percentage and content 70cl stated; with a paper duty seal on top Shepard Fairey Deluxe-1 (gold band on neck and gold edges of label; 2014) Shepard Fairey De Luxe 1; with alcohol percentage and content 70cl stated Shepard Fairey Deluxe-2 (red band on neck and red edges of label; 2014) Shepard Fairey De Luxe 2; with alcohol percentage and content 70cl stated Shepard Fairey De Luxe; 750ml stated

2015, Ryan McGinnes:

Ryan McGinnes, Regular (silver cap, 70cl; 2015) 70cl, with a paper duty seal Ryan McGinnes, Regular (silver cap, 750ml; 2015) Ryan McGinnes Deluxe-1 (black cap, coloured label; 2015) Ryan McGinnes Deluxe-2 (black cap, black and white label; 2015) Background of the shoulder emblem is plain Background of the shoulder emblem is plain

2016, Scott Campbell:

Scott Campbell, 70cl not stated (2016) Scott Campbell, 75cl not stated (2016) Scott Campbell, 40%vol and 70cl stated (2016) Scott Campbell, 40%alc/vol and 750ml stated (2016)  Scott Campbell, 70cl stated (2016); Asian import (click to see back) Scott Campbell (2016), with alcohol percentage and content 70cl stated (deluxe edition) Different colour of the Hennesy area on the label

2017, JonOne:

Designed by JonOne (2017); 70cl stated Designed by JonOne (2017); 750ml stated; content stated as 40% vol. Designed by JonOne (2017); 750ml stated (bigger); content stated as 40% alc/ vol. Designed by JonOne (2017) without content or alcohol percentage stated (750ml)

2018, Vhils:

Designed by Vhils (2018) without content or alcohol percentage stated (70cl) e 70cl stated Vhils (2018), 750ml stated

3. Fine de Cognac (from 2002)

[The fine de cognac series have a lot of different releases in which only the packaging is different; click on the bottles to see them]

Yellow label, Quality rare (started 2002):

2002 (1st edition) 'Quality rare' Same as previous, but with a paper seal on top 2006 (vs 2001 in gift package) 2006, version paper 2006, version cuir 2007 (Giriat) 2007 (Giriat), with a paper duty seal 2009, gift package with DVD 2008 gift package 2008, Thomas bastide gift package

White label (Started from 2010):

2010, white label with the word 'cognac' just below Hennessy; no little orange beam below 2010 (2nd edition); white label without the word 'cognac' just below Hennessy 1L from 2010 Tea edition (2010); click to see two different packagings 2012 Celebration: ten year anniversary of Fine de Cognac; click to see details 2012: ten year anniversary of Fine de Cognac, German edition; click to see details  2014; different packaging: box with black frame 2014, different packaging, with orange handles

No label (2012):

2012 (4-10 year old cognac)

Grey label (from 2014):

2014 2015 2016 gift packaged 2016 (limited edition) 2017 'limited edition'

4. VO, SO and VSOP, cognaçaise bottles

VO (Very Old; just under XO) with small text underneath on the botton of the label VO; no text on bottom of label (prob. 1940-50s) VO; no text on bottom of label; different capsule (poss. 1930s) VO, gold coloured cap Hennessy SO (Superior old?) (1940s) VSOP; Spanish import 70cl  VSOP with 40% stated Silver with gold capsule (ca 1946-1950s) black with gold capsule (ca 1950s) VSOP, aged in wood for 20 years; New York import by Schiefelin

5. VSOP wide tapered models, fine and grande fine champagne and liquor cognac

a. starting in 1954 with the old familiar label and a crescent shape neck label

VSOP 42% (1950s) Same as previous but without the ABV stated (1950s) Grande fine champagne 40% (1960s)  40% is printed in red and more distance between the 40% and the text above  Grande fine champagne brand with lots of text underneath Grande fine champagne brand

b. 1989: starts a new series; until 2012 the shoulder is somewhat lower; after 2012 a little higher shoulder: 

VSOP Liquor cognac newer model VSOP Fine champagne, newer model  VSOP, content not stated VSOP, one line underneath; 70cl  VSOP, two lines underneath, 700ml VSOP, two lines underneath, 750ml VSOP, one line underneath; 1L

6. VSOP, bottles with a neck emblem in a blob and an oval shoulder label and other different models

Shoulder label holds two lines of text with ‘VSOP’ on top:

24 fl.ozs and 68cl stated 24 fl.oz and 70 proof stated; 1970s Fine champagne; two lines on the neck label: VSOP - Fine champagne; two lines below underneath cognac; 40%GL and 0,70L stated; On the back: Französisches Erzeugnis Fine champagne; two lines on the neck label: VSOP - Fine champagne; two lines below underneath cognac; 40%GL and 'e 0,70L' stated; On the back: Französisches Erzeugnis Fine champagne; two lines on the neck label: VSOP - Fine champagne; two lines below underneath cognac with Produce of France; 40%vol and 'e 0,70L' stated; On the back: Französisches Erzeugnis 70cl Französisches Erzeugnis (stated on back) Fine champagne; two lines on the neck label: VSOP - Fine champagne; two lines below underneath cognac; content and ABV not stated No content or abv stated, crimped cap; back says: 'Duty Free Shop'; said to be 70cl on auction Same as previous but top of capsule is a little different, longer  Same as previous, but with a paper duty seal on top; Portuguese import, Pereira, Porto Same as previous; Spanish import, Alfonso Ferrer, Barcelona (70cl) Fine champagne; two lines on the neck label: VSOP - Fine champagne; two lines below underneath cognac; 40%vol Italian import (Ditta Claretta, Torino); paper seal on top; 70cl stated. (1970s) paper seal on top; 75cl stated; Italian import Ditta Claretta; 1970s Same as previous, but a more brown label, rather than gold; 75cl stated.   Fine champagne; two lines on the neck label; several lines below underneath 'cognac'; paper seal on top; 750 cc idrati stated  Content not stated, with a new type cork  1L (according to auctioneer, not stated)

Shoulder label holds two lines of text with ‘Cognac’ on top:

Fine champagne; two lines on the neck label: Cognac - VSOP Fine Champagne; just one line below underneath cognac; 68cl stated  Fine champagne; just one line below underneath cognac; content stated differently from previous bottle Two lines underneath cognac: HKDNP SDNP. (1980s) Same as previous, but HKDNP SDNP placed a little more lower and to the left; back says: 40%GL and 70Proof Without content or alcohol percentage stated (1970s; 70cl); HKDNP and SDNP Fine champagne (more text under 'Cognac') No content or percentage stated; little text underneath 'cognac'. Ivory coloured label; 40%vol and 0.70L stated 700ml stated With Asian characters underneath 'cognac' With different Asian characters underneath 'cognac' With different Asian characters underneath 'cognac'; 700ml stated on the back 1L bottle (click to see detail)

Shoulder label holds two lines of text, other than above:
Fine champagne VSOP on shoulder label  Fine champagne VSOP on shoulder label; Asian characters underneath; 700ml stated on the back  VSOP Liquor cognac on shoulder label  VSOP Fine Champagne - Grande Reserve; HKDNP, SDNP; 70cl; 1980s
Shoulder label holds three lines of text:

Fine champagne, logo above 'Hennessy'; 70cl (1977-1984) Same as previous but with a paper duty seal 750ml stated in a square (click to see detail) 1L (1980s) Fine champagne, label in two colours

 

7. VSOP Réserve

VSOP Reserve, gold labels:

Cognac is printed above Hennessy; with the 'bras armé' on the shoulder blob; Arabic characters below on the label. Cognac is printed above Hennessy; with VSOP Réserve on the shoulder blob VSOP Reserve above Hennessy VSOP Reserve above Hennessy VSOP Reserve on the glass  VSOP Reserve on the glass; cognac printed below Hennessy 700ml stated and Produce of France underneath VSOP Réserve on the glass and the emblem not in a blob With 'Produce of France' below on the label. 700ML stated and 70%proof

VSOP Reserve, black and gold labels:

Black label Black label; with HKDNP on the bottom of the label With Asian text on the bottom of the label

VSOP Réserve, ecru labels:

Bottle with high shoulder  Said to be 70cl at auction, but nowhere stated, also not on the box. Below cognac is printed: 'maison fondée en 1765' (1970s)  Beneath cognac is printed: 'Grande Fine Champagne'. ABV and content not stated, said to be 75cl on auction.   Grande Fine Champagne; content not stated; 1quart (stated on box)  One quart, stated on the neck   Content not stated; 40% stated; 75cl bottle  With a duty seal on top (1950-60s) Label is divided by a red beam (1960s) Label is divided by a red beam. Not less than 24 FL OZS Label is divided by a red beam. Not less than 24 FL OZS stated below 70% Proof 73cl, Italian import; label is divided by a red beam 73cl, different Italian importer; label is divided by a red beam; 'grande fine champagne' and 'Idrato lc. 73' in darker colour 73cl, different Italian importer; label is divided by a red beam; 'grande fine champagne' and 'Idrato lc. 73' in same green colour as the rest   Asian import No content stated, Produce of France underneath 70cl (not stated); Produce of France in big letters underneath and an address line below it Ausländisches Erzeunis in Österreich abgefüllt ; said to be 70cl  on main label: 'VSOP Réserve Cognac'; 4/5 quart; imported by Schieffelin & Co. New York (1960-70s) With an Asian label on the neck and Asian text underneath on the main label 1 Quart stated on the neck (94.6cl) and Duty Free Shop on the label (1960-70s) 1 Quart stated on the neck (94.6cl) and 'pour l'exportation seulement' below on the label 2 pts 8 fl.ozs (1.14L); with a red beam on the label  700ml (stated on back) Asian import

Grande Reserve VSOP:

VSOP Grande Réserve Text underneath (Othon Schmitt Hellange) Idrato cl. 73; Italian market  Idrato legale 750 cc. Minimo garantiti 73 Grande Reserve VSOP, Französisches Erzeugnis (1960s) Different order of the lines on the label With 40% in the middle beneath Cognac With 40% G.L. stated and underneath: capacidade 0,70 70cl, Portuguese import (1970s) Französisches Erzeugnis (1970s) 1970s; emblem in a blob

8. VSOP Privilege

8a. Shoulderlabels state ‘VSOP’ or ‘VSOP Fine Champagne’:

VSOP on shoulder label; main label first line: Privilege, second line: vsop cognac; 750ml VSOP on shoulder label; main label first line: VSOP, second line: privilege cognac; 70cl content and 40%vol stated VSOP on shoulder label; main label first line: VSOP, second line: privilege cognac; no content or abv stated No emblem or text on the shoulder label; a dot between privilege and cognac No emblem in the shoulder label; a dot between privilege and cognac; no content or abv stated 700ml and Product of France stated 700ML stated; and 'Product of France' underneath 1 Liter stated; privilege comes below Hennessy and then vsop cognac e1,00L stated  Travel retail underneath; 1L 1L Travel Retail and produce of France stated 'For duty free sale only' underneath; 1L VSOP Fine Champagne on the shoulder label; different emblem on main label; 70cl

8b. Shoulderlabels state ‘VSOP Privilege Cognac’ or ‘VSOP Privilege’:

VSOP Privilege cognac on the shoulder label; 70cl  VSOP Privilege cognac on the shoulder label; different cap; 70cl; Asian import VSOP Privilege cognac on the shoulder label; 1L, Malaysian import vsop-privilege (1980s)  Same as previous, but with a duty seal  750ml stated

8c. Shoulderlabels state ‘Privilege’:

Only 'Privilege' on light coloured shoulderlabel; 70cl 40$ alc/vol stated and 750ml Lighter colour of label, emblem more golden (1990s)  VSOP Cognac on one line, 750ml stated Cognac VSOP on one line; 'e 70cl' stated; Italian import 700ml and 80proof stated; Asian market 700ml with Produce of France stated 1L Duty Free

8d. Shoulderlabels have dark background colour and a higher shoulder:

VSOP on the shoulder on a dark back-ground. 70cl; capsule has seal with Hennessy emblems; Singapore Duty Not Paid. (2017)  750ml stated  VSOP on the shoulder on a dark back-ground. Label has vines on it. No content stated, said to be 750ml (US shop).  VSOP on the shoulder on a dark back-ground. 70cl; paper duty seal ; Singapore Duty Not Paid. (2017)  700ML stated  1L stated  e1,00L stated; Travel Retail  Only 'Privilege' on a dark shoulder label; dark capsule as well; no content stated

8e. Flask:

0,70L flask

9. VSOP Limited editions

Flask:

Fine champagne flask

Coupe Spéciale:

Coupe Spéciale, Eau Sauvage Extreme

Mexico (2010):

Mexico 2010 vsop-privilege 70cl Mexico privilege-vsop 750ml

PC1 Helios (2011):

Helios vsop-privilege 70cl (2011) Helios vsop-privilege 1L Helios vsop-privilege 1L; with 'Travel Retail' printed No content stated  VSOP privilege, with Malaysian text underneath; 70cl VSOP privilege, with Malaysian text underneath and with a paper seal on top Helios privilege VSOP 1L

PC2 Nyx (2012):

Nyx vsop-privilege 70cc Nyx vsop-privilege 70cc with Malaysian text underneath.  Nyx vsop-privilege 1L, Travel retail Nyx 750ml Travel Retail Nyx privilege-vsop 750ml (2011) Nyx privilege (content not stated, said to be 1L) Privilege, no content stated, said to be 70cl. Warning: you can see that this bottle is exactly the same as previous: same shadows and lighting etc)

PC3 Kyrios (2013):

Kyrios vsop 70cl (2012) 70cl with a paper duty seal on top  Kyrios 70cl Arak Mengandungi (alcohol content) Kyrios vsop 1L Kyrios vsop (content not stated) Kyrios privilege 750ml (2012)

PC4 1817 (2014):

PC no. 4 vsop 70cc (2014) PC 4 70cl; content not stated PC4 70cl Arak Mengandungi (alcohol content); 'e70cl' very vaguely stated on the right; with a duty seal 1L PC No. 4 vsop (2014) 1000ml stated; Travel Retail  PC no. 4 privilege 750ml (2014) PC no.4 privilege (content not stated)

Travelers Exclusive (2014):

Travellers exclusive edition 1L (2014)

PC5 Genome, Peter Saville (2015):

Genome VSOP not clear 70cl Genome VSOP not clear 70cl with a paper duty seal  Génome (Peter Saville) (content not stated) (2014) Genome 70cl (not stated); Arak Mengandungi (alcohol content); with a duty seal  Genome not clear privilege 750ml (2014)  No content stated Genome clear (Peter Saville) privilege 750ml (2014)

PC6 Peter Saville (2015):

Peter Saville with 40%Vol and 70cl content stated (2016) Peter Saville vsop-privilege with 40%Alc/vol and 700ml content stated (2016) Peter Saville vsop-privilege with 40%vol and 700ml content stated (2016) Peter Saville vsop-privilege with 40%vol and 70cl content stated (2016); Arak Mengadungi stated and a paper seal  Peter Saville vsop-privilege (no content stated) (2016) 750ml stated on the right side and 40%alc/vol on the left 750ml stated on the right side and 40%ALC/VOL (in capitals) on the left limited edition (2015) 70cl 1L bottle limited edition (2015)

PC7 Carnovsky (2016):

70cl stated  70cl stated; with a paper duty seal  700ml stated on the right  750ml stated on the right below Carnovsky 2016, no 7. 1 Liter; content stated on the right below 1L, stated (stated differently?); with a paper seal on top Carnovsky 2016, no 7. 1 Liter; content not stated 1L stated; Malaysian bottle 1L stated; Malaysian bottle; now stated below the label. Carnovsky 2016, no 7. 70cl clear bottle Clear, content not stated; said to be 750ml by shop

Carnovsky bottle seen through a colour filter:

Green: nature (green leaves) blue: dream (a crown) Red: energy (the sun)

Carnovsky red bottle 2017:

Carnovsky 2018, 70cl stated; for Chinese market, year of dog)

PC8 Maeda (2018):

  70cl stated, with paper duty seal  70cl, not stated (stated on box, click to see)  Designed by John Maeda (released in 2017); content not stated, on box is printed: 700ml  750ml  1L bottle

2018:

VSOP Privilege 750ml VSOP Privilege, special edition; Honoring all who served France

EXISTING BOTTLES OF THE PRIVILEGE VSOP COLLECTION (VSOP or Privilege, according to shoulder text):

 VSOP 70 clVSOP 750mlVSOP 1LVSOP no content statedPrivilege 750mlPrivilege 1LPrivilege no content stated
PC1 Hélios (2011)X
X Malaysian
X Malaysian duty seal
X
X travel retail
XX
PC2 Nyx (2012)X
X Malaysian, duty seal
X travel retailX travel retailXXX
PC3 Kyrios (2013)X
X duty seal
X Malaysian
XXX
PC4 1817 (2014)X
X Malaysian, duty seal
X 1L
X 1000ml
XXX
Traveler (2014)X
PC5 Genome not clear (2014)X
X duty seal
X Malaysian, duty not paid
X
X Malaysian. with duty seal
XX
PC5 Genome clear (2014)XXX
PC6 not clear (2015)X
X 700ml 40%alc/vol
X 700ml 40%vol
X 70cl Malaysian; duty seal
X 40%alc/vol
X 40%ALC/VOL
X
PC6 clear (2015)XX
PC7 Carnovsky not clear (2016)X
X with duty seal
X 700ml
XX
X duty seal
X no content
X Malaysian
X Malaysian (var)
X
PC7 Carnovsky clear (2016)X
PC7 Carnovsky red bottle (2017)X
PC8 John Maeda (2018)X
X with duty seal
XXX (70cl)
X (700ml)

10. Cuvée and Cuvée Superieure

 Different Asian characters underneath  700ml, no shoulder label, no blob; Japanese import Different text on neck label

1990-2001 1990-2001, different capsule Different logo; on the cap is written: 'please tear off'; 700ml stated on the back; Japanese import French text on the cap (tirer pour ouvrir) Cap is more red; on cap is written 'please tear out' (in stead of tear off)

Cuvée Superieure was produced for the Asian Market.

11. Bras d’Or and Napoléon

11a. Bras d’Or on the shoulder:

Just 'Bras d'Or' on the shoulder label (1950s) Just 'Bras d'Or' on the shoulder label; 73ctl; Italian import for F.III Gancia & co. (1950s) Bras d'Or, 42% Bras d'Or, Grande Fine Champagne; and a paper duty seal on top  Bras d'Or, contour around label Bras d'Or; extra logo before 'Hennessy'

Bras d'Or, no contour; no signature, produce of France stated; 24 3/4 FL OZ Bras d'Or, no contour; with 70 proof stated; no signature With a signature below 70 proof  Bras d'Or, no contour, italian import for Wax & Vitale; band around bottom (1970s)  Same as previous, but colour of label is now silver Also Wax & Vitale import, but without 'aquavita di vino' stated and with a 'licenza utif' line added beneath Bras d'Or, two lines of text under 'cognac' Bras d'Or-Napoleon, extra logo before 'Hennessy'; 750ml stated  750ml stated, Australian import (click for details) Content not stated; Französisches Erzeugnis Other type of label, logo in red and gold Other type of label, logo in red and gold Rectangular label and no emblem on the shoulder (0.7L)

11b. Napoléon on the shoulder:

There seem to be three different sizes of the logo: small, a bit chubby medium logo and a bigger and more slender logo. Sometimes the logo is in red and gold. Sometimes there is a second logo before the name ‘Hennessy’.
Twice bottles have bras d’or stated big on the label, the rest have a second mentioning of napoléon, sometimes with bras d’or too, but very small.
Sometimes Napoléon is written on the neck with and sometimes without an accent on the ‘e’.

Logo high on the label:

Napoléon on the shoulder (with accent), Bras d'Or in big letters. Napoleon on the shoulder (without accent), Bras d'Or in big letters. Alcohol percentage and content 0,70L stated Napoleon on the shoulder (without accent), Bras d'Or in big letters. Alcohol percentage and content stated differently Napoleon on the shoulder (without accent), Bras d'Or in big letters. Importer information underneath. One Quart, stated on the capsule; 1970s  Duty Free Shop printed; 1970s (prob. 70cl, stated on auction)  Napoléon on the shoulder (with accent). Napoleon stated on the main label. Distance Hennessy and cognac smaller. Shoulder emblem has probably fallen off. Same as previous bottle, but without the accent on Napoleon. 70cl; with an Asian sticker on the neck (1970s) Produce of France is stated low on the label Napoleon on the shoulder (without accent). Napoleon stated on main label. Brownish label. Text underneath 'cognac' differs.

Logo in front of the name ‘Hennessy’ and a small logo high on the label:

Napoléon on the shoulder (with accent), Bras d'Or in small letters. Napoleon on the shoulder (without accent), Bras d'Or in small letters. 70cl stated. Napoleon on the shoulder (without accent), Bras d'Or in small letters. With 40% G.L Napoleon on the shoulder (without accent), Bras d'Or in small letters. 70cl stated on the back; Portugese import 40% and 700ml stated; no label or other information on the back (1970s) Napoleon on the shoulder (without accent), Bras d'Or in small letters. With 40% G.L. Ausländisches Erzeugnis Napoleon on the shoulder (without accent), Bras d'Or in small letters. With '40%vol e 0,70 L' Napoleon on the shoulder (without accent), Bras d'Or in small letters. With '40%vol e 0,70L' closer together Napoleon on the shoulder (without accent), Bras d'Or in small letters. With 40%vol. Where is the golden neck emblem? fallen off? Napoleon on the shoulder (without accent), Bras d'Or in small letters. USDNP stated. 700ml (not stated), bigger emblem Bigger emblem. Yellow label; Cognac sits low on the label. Bigger emblem. Yellow label with different text lines. Flask, Bras d'or stated Without Bras d'Or on the label

Logo in red and gold:

With emblem in red and gold; bras d'or stated; neck has two thickenings Straight neck; underneath it says HKDNP and USDNP (prob. ca. 1980s) 70cl; underneath: Tax Free Shop Bangkok Airport Layout at the bottom of the label differs; different colour of label (very light with silvery guirlandes) With a cotisation symbol 40% and 70cl differently placed; Italian text (1980s)

11c. Bras d’Or, cognaçaise bottles:

1990-2002  With 'Duty Free' stated below bras d'or Witha a 'duty free sales' sticker on it.

11d. Bras d’Or Napoléon limited édition:

Probably around 1960; from Kilian Hennessy to mademoiselle Tavernier

12. Library Collection (Blue Tome, Red Tome, Silver Top and Library)

Blue tome (1980s):

The blue tome bottles come with a case looking like three books

Bleu Tome 1994: Hauteneuve, La Billarderie, Bouqueville (stopper in silver and Hennessy on neck-label); back-side: 40%vol, 40 GL and e0,70L, 70%Proof. (1980s)  With a paper top seal, Italian import by Claretta, 70cl (early 1990s)  No books present with this bottle; back-side: HKDNP, USDNP, 40%vol and e0,70L (1980s)  Bleu Tome 1994: Hauteneuve, La Billarderie, Bouqueville (stopper in gold and silver and Hennessy on neck-label); with a paper seal on top

Red tome (1994):

The red tome bottles come with a case looking like two books

Red Tome: La Faïencerie et la Comédie (gold stopper, 1994)  Red Tome: La Faïencerie et la Comédie (gold stopper, 1994); 70cl (click to see detail)   Red Tome: La Faïencerie et la Comédie (gold stopper, 1994); Russian import, 70cl (click to see detail) Red Tome: La Faïencerie et la Comédie (gold stopper, 1994); Russian import, 70cl, different back (click to see detail)  Paper top seal, Russian import, 0,7L (different back)   Red Tome: La Faïencerie et la Comédie (gold stopper, 1994); Russian import, 70cl, different back (click to see detail)

The bibliotheque:

The library or ‘bibliotheque’ has a casing that looks like 8 books: tome 4 until 11.Library (note the silver stopper) Library (closed) Library (opened; note the golden stopper)

Silver Top or Red Box (1977-81):

The Silver Top has just a rectangular casing, they are in VSOP and in Napoleon quality:

VSOP 700ml Fine Champagne Cognac (stated) Silver Top Library Decanter (click to see shield)  VSOP 70cl Fine Champagne Cognac (stated) Silver Top Library Decanter   Napoleon Silver Top decanter, content not stated, said to be 70cl on auction 40%Vol and e70cl stated on the red paper label; Napoleon Napoléon Silver Top Library Decanter, no label at the front. Back-side says: 40%vol, 40GL and e0,70L, 70%Proof  Napoléon (on plaquette); ABV and content (0,7) stated differently on back (click to see)  Napoléon Silver Top Library Decanter (variant); 700ml stated  Napoléon Silver Top Library Decanter, HKDNP; content not stated  Napoléon Silver Top Library Decanter, USDNP; content 0,7L, stated at the bottom  Napoleon, with Singapore Duty Not Paid sticker  Napoléon stated on the plaquette; 0,70 LTR stated; Dutch import  Napoléon Silver Top Library Decanter (variant); 750ml stated  Napoleon (not stated) Gold top decanter; 70cl

Strictly speaking the Napoléon Silver Top does not belong to the library collection, but I have put it here because of the big resemblance.

13. XO

13a. Cognaçaise XO bottles:

 text: 'Notre cognac X. O. a plus de 45 ans'  on neck: Hennessy brand; New York import (Schieffelin); 1946  text on the neck: 'over 45 years old'; text low on the label: 'our X.O. brandy is aged in wood for more than 45 years'.

13b. XO, JAS Hennessy & Co. (Carafe from 1947)

1960s; 0,70L stated at the bottom; no additional info on the back 73cl (stated on the back); with a little medaillon seal. Italian import, Soffiantino, Genova On the back: 70 proof 24 FL OZS 'Not less than 24 fl.ozs' stated on back side (1970s) 1 pint five and a quarter fluid ounces; stated on the back name and address in outer ring on bottom of label text in outer ring on bottom of label; with paper seal on top XO small, on a brown background; late 1950s-1960s 24 fl oz stated  XO small, on a brown background; with an address text line in the outer ring; late 1950s-1960s 1950 XO, 'XO brand' is stated. 4/5 quart Like previous bottle with XO Brand on shoulder label; back side has one line text less and has a uk stamp produce of France on bottom of label 70cl stated (ca 1950s)  With ABV 42% stated (ca. 1950s)  With Produce of France stated and with text in outer ring: click to see  Asian import  'Pour 'l'Exportation Seulement' in red letters (1960-70s) Pour l'exportation seulement and an address line beneath it. 40% on bottom of label 40% on bottom of label; different colour of lettersXO on a brown background; 40% and 0.70L on bottom of label XO on a brown background; 24 FL OZS stated on back-side (1970s) With a 'For Duty Free Only' stamp on it

13c. XO, emblem in front of name Hennessy

750ml, 80 proof 68cl stated  70cl stated; 1980s 40%alc/vol stated and content; not sure what content.. 1000ml? No content or percentage stated; golden band on capsule is wider; on cap: 'tirez pour ouvrir' and 'to open tear off'; 68cl (1970s). 68cl stated differently on the back (click to see); 1970s  Asian import; no text on cap  With a paper seal on top (70cl); Italian import, Claretta USDNP stated; on the back: HKDNP and SDNP (700ml, not stated)  70cl stated; on the back is also a duty not paid stamp 70cl stated; with a Duty Free Emporium sticker from Singapore Airport. 70cl stated; with a Duty Not Paid stamp from Singapore. Imported by Riche Monde Malaysia & Singapore  With HKDNP and SDNP on it (1970s)  With 70cl and ABV stated and with HKDNP and SDNP stated between the two outer rings  With HKDNP on the front and HKDNP and SDNP on the back; said to be 70cl  Only HKDNP on it; letters are more sharp and distance between lines is different than on previous bottle; content not stated, said to be 70cl on auction. with Duty Free Shop stamp; 70cl (prob. Japanese import)   Alcoholic contents 40 G.L. and 70 Proof stated; no label information on the back; the bottom states: 0.70L Cognac printed below Hennessy; XO different (on a lighter background); no alcohol percentage or content stated; 'Hennessy cognac France' in the outer circle all in capitals (1970s); 68cl Text is place somewhat higher and letters of 'cognac' are also a litthe larger; sadly no picture of the back-side. 80 Proof stated (prob. 70cl)  'cognac' beneath 'Hennessy'; 40 G.L. and 0,70L stated 70cl stated  Content stated not stated; no label on the back; no text on capsule (tear off - ouvrir)  Content stated on the back: 24 FL OZS, 68cl (1970s); text on capsule: please tear off - pour ouvrir tirez.  70cl stated; with a Duty Free Emporium sticker from Singapore Airport.  

13d. XO, no emblem on the label:

Percentage and content on bottom of label. 'X.O' is rather small  With 70cl stated in the middle below  70cl stated; Taiwan import  70cl stated; imported by Riche Monde, Singapore  ABV and content stated (probably: 40%alc/vol 80 proof 750ml); 1980s 750ml stated In outer ring on top is printed: 'Produce of France' and 'USDNP'; XO rather small; 70cl not stated Same as previous, but with '40%vol e 0,70L' stated and HKDNP in stead of USDNP Like previous (HKDNP), but more yellow label 70cl, Lisboa import Same as previous (HKDNP); on backside: 40% GL and 70% Proof Same as previous, but different back, Taiwan import 0,7L  Same as previous (HKDNP), but different back, Chinese (?) import 0,7L  Percentage and content on bottom of label. 'X.O' a little thinner. Different capsule; HKDNP on top of label; 70cl stated (1980s); on the back is already stated: 'The Original XO'  Percentage 70cl and content on bottom of label. with a paper seal on top; HKDNP on the back of the label; (1980s); on the back is already stated: 'The Original XO'   70cl stated; Cognac is larger again and HKDNP in the outer ring; different backside; click to see. More text on label; alcohol and percentage placed to the very left and very right respectively; HKDNP on top of main label (import: Ditta Claretta, Italy) More text on label; alcohol and percentage placed to the very left and very right respectively; HKDNP on top of main label and with a back-label saying 40%GL and 70%Proof (import: Ditta Claretta, Italy) 70cl stated; with a back-label saying already 'The Original' (import: Ditta Claretta, Italy) 750ml stated wintin a cadre, also a number in a cadre. Extra text in outer ring of the label. On the back also HKDNP (Hong Kong duty not paid)  70cl; this time 'HKDNP' AND 'USDNP' are stated.  HKDNP, 700ml stated 700ml stated on the label; on the paper duty seal it says 750ml; HKDNP stated (Mexican import)  40%GL Contendo Neto 700ml; probably Mexican import  Cont. Net 700ml stated; the word cognac much smaller. Different capsule The XO is styled differently; additional text within the inner ring and the word cognac much smaller; capsule very smooth on top; on the back-side it is already called 'The Original X.O' (2001)  Same as previous, but with a paper seal on top and different back; on the back-side it is already called 'The Original X.O'  on the back-side it is already called 'The Original X.O' (2001); with additional symbol on the back-side   Same as previous but with a paper seal on top; on the back-side it is already called 'The Original X.O'  Same as previous, but different back; Russian text, 'the original' seems not to be stated.  With Asian text on the neck; no alcohol percentage or content stated on the front; on the back: 700ml and Asian text;  Very similar to previous bottle; on the back 700ml is stated in smaller letters and the bottom two lines are equally long.  Front is same as previous, back is different  frosted glass; the leaves on bottom are better and different 70cl stated; with a paper duty seal; better and different leaves underneath. Triangular neck label has probably fallen off.  70cl stated; Italian import  1L travel retail; 1,00L stated  1L stated; on back is a sticker of Duty Free Shoppers.  100cl stated (1970s); 'Singapore duty not paid' on back-side.  Same as previous, but a different back   1.00L stated with HKDNP in the inner ring  1.00l, With HKDNP in outer ring  1.00L (capital 'L') printed very crisp, With HKDNP in outer ring  1L Duty Free, on the back it says also: HKDNP  1L wih Duty Free stamp

13e. XO the Original; vines underneath are intertwined and bottle has two bars left and right of the arm and axe emblem:

The original, 70cl, old type cap. The original, 70cl; new type cap 70cl stated; with a paper duty seal With a paper duty seal: different back side; 70cl With a UK stamp on the back With a UK stamp, different back side, 70cl 70cl, Asian import, backside having 700ml The original XO on neck label; content not stated (maybe 1.5L?) 700ml stated 750ml stated 750ml stated; above cognac is printed: 'produce of France - product de France' 1000ml; Travel Retail stated

13f. XO The Original; no bars left and right of emblem and different vines underneath:

70cl stated; The two bars left and right of the emblem are left off and adornment under the label is different The two bars left and right of the emblem are left off and adornment under the label is different (looks very much like the 250th anniversary edition, but with a regular box); 70cl    Background of label is lighter yellow and the letters of Hennessy are more dark. No duty seal on top, but English duty stamp on back side. Same, but without percentage and content stated (70cl)  70cl stated; with Russian text on back and a number; also a duty seal.  70cl stated; with Russian text (different from previous bottle) and duty seal on the back  700ml stated on back; Japanese import  750ml stated  1L bottle, French text on the back  1L bottle; English text on the back

13g. XO Grande champagne (1998, 50th anniversary of the XO):

Grande Champagne, 70cl Grande champagne 'Duty Free' written above 'Hennessy' and address line under the percentage and content  1L Duty Free  1L bottle with a DFS sticker

14. XO limited editions

exclusive collection (nrs 1 to 9):

Nr. 1: Magnificence (2008) Nr. 2: Iridescence (2009) Nr. 2 (var): Iridescence (2009) with a paper duty seal and signed 'James Hennessy' Nr. 3: Opus 140, 140th anniversary (2010) Nr. 3 (var): Opus 140 Travel Retail, 70cl (Click to see detail of label: 'Produce of France Travel Retail') Nr. 4: Odyssey 1 by Arik Levy (2011) Nr. 4 (var): Same as previous, but with a paper seal on top Nr. 5: 'V' or Odyssey 2 by Arik Levy (2012) No. 6 by Arik Levy (2013) No. 6 (var) by Arik Levy (2013) with a paper duty seal on top No.7 (copper) by Tom Dixon (2014)No.7 (copper) by Tom Dixon (2014) with content and alcohol percentage stated No.8 (silver) by Tom Dixon (2015) no alcohol and content stated No.8 (silver) by Tom Dixon (2015) with alcohol and content stated; 70cl No.8 (silver) by Tom Dixon (2015) with alcohol and content stated and a paper duty seal on top No.9 (gold) by Tom Dixon (2015); 40%alc/vol and 70cl stated No.9 (gold) by Tom Dixon (2015) with 40%vol and e70cl stated No.9 (gold) by Tom Dixon (70cl, 2015); no ABV or content stated; said to be 700ml by shop. No.9 (gold, var.) by Tom Dixon with a paper duty seal on top(70cl stated, 2015)

appartment103  designs:

Appartment 103 (2015) Festival (2016) with 40%vol and e70cl stated Festival (2016); with 40%alc/vol and 750ml(?) stated  Hennessy Ice; designed by appartement 103, 70cl stated (2016) Hennessy Ice; designed by appartement 103, no content or ABV stated (2016)  Hennessy Ice; designed by appartement 103, 700ml stated (2017)  Hennessy Ice; designed by appartement 103, 750ml stated (2017)   Design: appartement 103 (2017) Design: appartement 103 (2017); without content or ABV stated

other:

 

Marc Newson (2017)'; click to see it inside the transparent gift-box. Malaysian import The 2018 edition of Marc Newson

70cl stated; On Ice (2017)  750ml stated; On Ice (2017)  On Ice, smooth surface; said to be 700ml (not stated)

15. Extra and Paradis

Paradis followed after the Extra and was created in 1979.

15a. Extra:

Extra in cognaçaise bottles from 1923-129 and in caraffes from 1948-1973.

Extra, with 40% stated Mexican import 1930s, with Französisches Erzeugnis Schieffelin import; with fragile stickers on it VVXSOP (Mexican import); looks like an XO bottle but cognac is probably older (Extra)

Old Extra model Same as previous, with a paper seal on top 70cl, stated on the front  24 FL OZS. 70 Proof; (stated on back); different colour of label and letters and with address line on the edge of the label   750ml (stated on back); different colour of label and letters and with address line on the edge of the label (Italian import, Vitale; 1970s) With some text in the outer ring of the label (24 fl.oz stated on back side; 1970s)  with 80 proof and 70 cent stated on the label  Produce of France in big letters printed; on the back are Asian characters (click to see); content not stated but said to be 700ml in shop.  0,7L stated at the bottom; more space between 'Produce of France' and text above it Extra on a dark background; content and ABV on back (4/5 quart) Extra on a black background; with 80 proof stated In very bad state; you can (barely) see that the content was stated (the 'l' of 'cl' is legible)  EXTRA on a red background With the emblem of the 'bras armée' placed in front of Hennessy; 750ml stated on the back  With the emblem before the name; 70cl stated at the bottom  Asian impot, 700ml; with an Asian sticker on the neck and on the back  With the emblem before the name; Tax Free Bangkok Airport Asian import, Malaysia Duty Free, by Boustead Trading Singapore Nostalgie de Bagnolet Extra (70cl) Duty Free printed below 'Extra'; content unknown. Malaysian Duty Not Paid is printed below 'Extra'; 70cl (stated on back-side)

0.7L; Extra high on the shoulder; small cork; no mentioning of Paradis Extra on the neck and on the main label (1990s); no mentioning of Paradis

15b. Paradis

15b1. Paradis old models, with a neck label and ‘Cognac France’ at the top of the main label:

With 'Paradis Extra' written on neck label; 70cl stated; with a Duty not payed stamp 'Paradis Extra'; content not stated, Asian import (click to see back)  Only Paradis written on neck label; with 40% and content on it (1st edition) Slightly different font type is used  With Product of France on top of the main label; back has alcoholic strength in Gay-Lussac and in Proof With Product of France on top of the main label; on the back: Französisches Erzeugnis Paradis; alcohol and content (750ml) in different lettertype;  750ml stated differently (ca 1986) Paradis; alcohol% and content stated on the back (70cl); 1980s Paradis; colour of label is lighter and content and ABV in different letter type (on the back); 1980s Paradis; alcohol and content (750ml) in different lettertype; different capsule 40% vol and 0.70L stated differently; produce of France on the upper side of the label With 'Produce of France' on it  no alcohol% or content stated; neck logo just disappeared?  With a green label; Lissabon import (1970-80s)

15b2. Paradis old models, with a neck label and an emblem at the top of the main label:

Paradis; different logo  Sae as previous, but on the back is HKDNP and USDNP stated  Probably Mexican import Same as previous but with Asian text on the back Slight differences: other colour red, more relief in the emblem Paradis; could be the same as previous one Italian: 'gradi' left and 'contenuto' right Paradis; asian market; this is the back-side

15b3. Paradis old models, without a neck label (ca. 1990s):

Paradis; 750ml  Paradis; different neck and alcohol% and content different (1990s)  Same as previous, with a paper duty seal on top  On the top of the label is the ABV (40%) and beneath 'Paradis' the content: 700ml  No ABV or content stated No ABV or content stated; with a DFS-sticker (Duty Free Shoppers)

15c. Paradis Extra rare and Paradis rare (from 2001):

15c1. Paradis Extra, rare cognac:

Paradis Extra; 70cl 70cl Paradis Extra, with a paper duty seal on top Paradis Extra, with UK stamp; 70cl 70cl Paradis Extra, Travel retail engraved on the back (click to see)

15c2. Paradis, rare cognac:

Paradis rare cognac, 70cl  Paradis rare cognac; 70cl; with a number on the back  Paradis rare cognac; 70cl; different back 700ml stated, Australian import  70cl Paradis Extra, Travel retail engraved on the back (click to see)

Paradis rare cognac, 2d edition (different stopper):

Paradis rare cognac, different stopper Paradis rare cognac, different stopper; with extra text on the neck; 70cl stated on the back 700ml stated on the back Imported by Moët Hennessy Diageo Hong Kong Limited, 70cl Same as previous, but with a different back, Asian import (click to see)    Same as previous, but Travel retail (click to see back)

15d. Paradis Impérial (created in 2011):

Paradis Impérial (70cl)  With 70cl and HKDNP stated on the back (click to see)  Backside of another 70cl Paradis Impérial

16. Paradis Limited Edition

Horus

Hennessy Horus made of 18 carat gold; the oversized stopper represents the overflowing liquor (2009).

17. Richard (created in 1996)

Richard 1st edition; stopper same as next one (not depicted); no engraved text on neck second edition Travel Retail stated at lowest part of the glass Travel Retail stated at the bottom  Met een sticker of the Sheremetyevo airport (Moskow); click to see in detail With a Duty Free Sale Only sticker

 

New neck and stopper; without the engraved leaves in the glass  With ABV and 70cl content stated on a sticker at the back  70cl stated at the back; with a paper duty seal and a number in blue on the back of the neck  70cl Russian import; text on the glass below is different  On the neck is 'cognac' written and at the base it says: 'Travel retail cognac'. 70cl is stated on the back.  700ml stated at the bottom (backside is shown)  700ml stated at the bottom; with additional pictgrams above the content  

Some variants of the Hennessy Richard; last one has possibly not been in production, just a design…

18. Other decanters (Baccarat)

Not 100ml but 1000ml (on sale in Malaysia)

VSOP fine champagne No age indication, VSOP, stated on the box; note the difference of the neck label with previous bottle (70cl. stated)  Almost the same as previous bottle, but now 'e70cl' is stated on the sticker. (VSOP stated on the box) VSOP fine champagne VSOP fine champagne with a paper duty seal and a cord VSOP

Bras d'Or  Bras d'Or with a paper duty seal; 0,75L. Bras d'Or  Napoléon 

XO XO XO ca 1960  70cl; different font is used and emblem placed before Hennessy With 40% G.L. stated beneath XO; Belgium import, 70cl; 1974 XO; the label is green and striped (like the Extra) XO

Extra Extra baccarat

Nostalgie de BagnoletNostalgie de Bagnolet with a paper seal

Paradis, no text; 70cl (1980s)  Paradis, with a name tag  Paradis, Asian importParadis, no text; with a paper seal on top Paradis with a name tag on the neck

Roche Courbon, 1765-1985, 220 year anniversary (1500 were made)

XXO Hors d'Age, 70cl (2017) XXO Hors d'Age, 1L (2017)

19. Other editions

19a. Henco

Henco (ca 1950's-1960's)  With 42% stated  Henco (ca 1950's-1960's); 73cl  Henco (ca 1950's-1960's); 73cl, Italian import  Henco Dry (ca 1950's-1960's)

19b. distilleries series

Single distillery 1988, Le Peu single distillery 1998, Le Peu; different lower label, left bottom: 40%vol and on the right e70cl single distillery 1998, Le Peu; left bottom: 40%alc/vol 80 proof and on the right 750ml Single distillery 1998, Camp Romain Single distillery 1998, Camp Romain; with a paper seal on top Single distillery 1998, Camp Romain; different text in rectangular label Single distillery 1998, IzambardSingle distillery 1998, Izambard; different lower label Same as previous, but with a paper seal on top

19c. Decade cognacs

Decade cognac 1940's Decade cognac 1950's Decade cognac 1960's Decade cognac 1970's

19d. lone wolfs

No. 1 (1857) No. 1 with a paper seal No. 1 with a different label colour No. 1 with an emblem on the top of the label Coupe Exclusive 2012 Hennessy privé (Japanese, 1994) Hennessy Choice (Asian); 70cl

19e. Serie Classique (2000-2002)

Classique, traditional quality cognac Classique, quality rare cognac Classique, cognac quality rare

19f. other limited editions.

Jimmy (1997, Caribean ans USA) Hennessy Privé (2008), travel retail 70cl  Hennessy Privé (2008), 'travel retail' in larger letters; 70cl Hennessy Privé (2010) without the word cognac underneath Hennessy Reserve Speciale 70cl cognaçaise Paradis (refill bottle) 70cl cognaçaise Paradis Extra (refill bottle) 70cl cognaçaise Richard (refill bottle) Private Réserve (1873) Same but with paper top seal Same; lighter red capsule, more yellow label and paper top seal 70cl Private reserve (refill?) Timeless (1999); personalized: exclusively reserved for Guillermo Garcia70cl ClassiVm ClassiVm (2009); content not stated ClaasiVm, different cap and with alcohol percentage and content 70cl stated ClassiVm, limited edition (only 60) Pure White (ca. 1999; somewhere between VS and VSOP) Letters (40% and text under 40%) more bold Black (2010, VS) 70cl  750ml stated Black illuminated 1L Black Master Blender's selection no.1 (2016, 750ml)  Master Blender's selection no.1 (2016) said to be 750ml, but not stated Master Blenders Sélection (called no. 2; Oct. 2017) Diptyque subtle (2008); 50cl Diptyque robust (2008); 50cl

19g. Various

Gold bottle, 73cl (stated on the back); Italian import, Wax & Vitale (1960s) Gold bottle with paper label below and '190' on the shoulder Blend of 10% cognac and 90% Australian brandy; produced by is Jas. Hennessy & Co. PTY. Limited ,Sydney

20. Special occasion editions

Coronation Queen Elizabeth in 1953 (1900 vintage) In honor of the Queen's silver jubilée (1977) Cuvée bicentenaire, 200 year existence of the USA (1976) Cuvée bicentenaire, 200 year existence of the USA (1976); with an Asian sticker on the neck. Cuvée bicentenaire, 200 year existence of the USA (1976); with wax emblem on the neck Cuvée bicentenaire, 200 year existence of the USA (1976); with wax emblem on the neck and a paper seal on top Ferndown cup 1984 (Golf tournament) Commemorative bottle 1988 40 Years Gold Cup (1996) 1942 bottle; to comemmorate 100 years of the FIA (2004) 100 year National Urban League, aka Historic Limited Edition (2010) 100 year National Urban League, aka Historic Limited Edition (2010); no content or abv stated To celebrate 100 year anniversary of the Appellation Cognac (2009) To celebrate 100 year anniversary of the Appellation Cognac (2009) To celebrate 100 year anniversary of the Appellation Cognac (2009) To honor Obama, the 44th president (750ml, 2009) To honor Obama, the 44th president (1 Liter, 2009) Kenya 50 year independent (2013) Nigeria 50 year of independence (2010) 50 year independence of Trinidad & Tobago (2012) Barbados 50 year of independance (2016)  To celebrate Hennessy's 250th anniversary, VS, 70cl (2105) To celebrate Hennessy's 250th anniversary, 700ml; VS (2105) 250st anniversary (click to see packaging) VSOP 250th anniversary (e70cl); 2015 VSOP 250th anniversary; 700ml stated; 2015 VSOP 250th anniversary (750ml) 1L VSOP 250th anniversary To celebrate Hennessy's 250th anniversary, VSOP Privilege (2015); 750ml 250th anniversary; without the two lines left and right of the embleme; with alcohol percentage and content stated. Looks very much like the regular one but packaging is certainly different. XO 250th Anniversary, 70cl 1L bottle, 250th anniversary 70cl 250 Years Collectors blend To celebrate Hennessy's 250th anniversary, Collector Blend (2015) 75cl 1L 250 Years Collectors blend 1L 250 Years Collectors blend; with a paper seal on top In honour of James Hennessy at 250th anniversary of Hennessy (2015); 1L Travel Retail First Landing 1868 to celebrate 130 years in Japan (1998) Tribute to Picasso 35cl. (1998) Hennessy 1855 (possibly 1955?) Hennessy 1855 (possibly 1955?); different capsule Private Reserve 1865 to celebrate 100 year Hennessy (2004, e70cl) Private Reserve 1865 to celebrate 100 year Hennessy (2004, 700ml stated) Private reserve with a paper seal on top (70cl) 25th anniversary of Kenzo, 35cl (1997) 25th anniversary of Kenzo, 35cl (1999) With a DFS (Duty Free Shopper) sticker; 35cl is stated at the back of the neck. The International Bank of Azerbaijan (Richard) The International Bank of Azerbaijan, Moscow 5th Anniversary (Richard)  200 year anniversary of the Hennessy vsop privilege (1818-2018), 70cl 70cl With a paper duty seal, Malaysian import (underneath: 'Arak Mengandungi 40% Alkohol 70 cl' 200 year anniversary of the Hennessy vsop privilege (1818-2018), 750ml  To celebrate the selling of 3.000.000 bottles of VS in the USA (May 2018)

21. Vintages

1789, bottled in 1969 from demi-john by Harvey & Sons  1803 vintage, bottled for Maxim's in 1968  1813 vintage, bottled for Maxim's in 1971  1830; could not be confirmed for certain, but very possibly genuine according to Hennessy  1860 (confirmed by Hennessy) 1875 1887 (bottled 1922) 1890 (presumed; bo 1896 vintage 1900 La Billarderie (bot 1965); (not been on the market, but handed down as gifts by Hennessy family). 1905 1908 1912 1913; finest old pale cognac brandy 1913 1914 1914 1959, bottled 1985 1962, bottled 1992 Vintage 1964; landed 1966; bottled 1992 1972, Domaine de la Bataille (botted 1995) 1972, Domaine de la Bataille (botted 1999) 1975

Some Hennessy vintages. They were never very big on vintages. The first two bottles that are depicted here were probably never for sale on the market.

22. Never been on the market (for special occasion only)

The following bottles were designed for special occasions only and were never for sale in a regular store. Not all are shown here. You can find pictures of the others on the internet, for instance on the website of the Hennessy afficionado Don Henny.

La Vignerie (1991) Une visite (1996) Institute Sociale Hennessy 50th anniversary (1997) Institute Sociale Hennessy 60th anniversary (2007) Institute Sociale Hennessy 70th anniversary (2017) Luxury Moment Bali; probably a 'one-off' (Toshiya Ozaki) (2000) Luxury Moment Bali; probably a 'one-off' (Akihiro Sugimoto) (2000) Coupe Spéciale Occasion de la remise, médaille vermeil (2008) Occasion de la remise, médaille d'Or (2013) Coupe des Salariés (2015)

  • La Vignerie, offered to the employees of a distillery on the occasion ot the opening (1991). Napoléon cognac.
  • Une Visite, offered to the personnel in 1996 at the start of the ‘Tour the Quays’ (1996).
  • Institute Sociale Hennessy; three models, one for the 50th, one for the 60th and the third for the 70th anniversary of the ISH, offered to the employees and pensioners of the Hennessy company (1997; 2007; 2017)
  • Luxury Moment Bali 2000 (two different names)
  • Coupe Spéciale 1765-2005 offered to the employees to celebrate 240 year and 4 million casks sold (2005)
  • Occasion de la remise de sa médaille du travail, médaille d’or (2008) and médaillle vermeil (2013)
  • Coupe des Salariés, offered to the sales personnel at the 250th anniversary (2015)

  • Fissa: 10 different designs made for the occasion of Artistry Night in Amsterdam (2013)

 

Designed by Geronimooo for the Encore Festival in Amsterdam (2015)

  • Hennessy had unique bottles degisned for all participants of the 2015 Encore Festival in Amsterdam

Four of the 250 unique samples that were given away; designed by Shon Price at the 250th anniversary (2015)

  • Shon Price, design bottle made on the occasion of a party for Hennessy’s 250th anniversary (2015)

 

23. Hennessy Extravaganza

The very expensive and extravagant bottles of Hennessy have their own page, where there is room for a more extensive description of the bottles: Beauté du Siècle, 8 Limited Édition, Édition Particulière, Timeless and Ellipse.

Click on this link to see the Hennessy Extravaganza page.

Or in Dutch: Click on this link to see the Hennessy Extravaganza page in Dutch.

Beauté du Siècle  Hennessy 8 Edition Particuliere Timeless  Ellipse


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