Hennessy VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale)
Aged a minimum of four years, but some of the eau de vie are certainly older.
Spirity, but in a good way. Old polished wood scent. Think mahogany. Old leather too. Spicy oranges make an appearance. Fennel perchance? Anise? Me thinks so.
Rounded, soft, visous texture, delivering spiced molasses, dark chocolate, milk chocolate and sugar cane sweetness.
Distinctly foreign oak. I taste the terroir of the white wine. The earth and soil lurk in the finish. Drying brown sugar with English fruit cake. Finish is medium long. It is warming. I am satisfied.
Compared to the Hennessy XO (extra old), in terms of value for money, the VSOP wins every time. It has no flaws. It delights. It is worthy of your hard earned cash my friend.