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Hennessy Pure White: The Review

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Have you ever heard of Hennessy Pure White? Well you are not alone. I only heard about it last August on my way down to Antigua. While waiting to use the rest rooms I overheard the stewardess’s talking about it and saying how you can not get it in the states. Being a fan of Hennessy VSOP I was sure to get myself a bottle (or 2) on my way home from my vacation.

Hennessy Pure White is on the market for some while in the Caribbean (Bahamas, Antigua, Aruba, Jamaica) and some countries in Europe. The bottle states that it is made from “the finest white grapes” and that it expresses the “qualities of the white wines from which it is produced.”  The classic white “Cognac” grapes: ugni blanc, folle blanche and colombard find their way into nearly all cognacs.  So, there is nothing special here.

The different thing about this Cognac are it’s flowery and sweet fruity aromas, it’s very different to the Hennessy Black or the Hennessy VS. The bottle-design is also very different than the Cognac-bottles we usually see, quite a refreshing design. Hennessy used a screw-cap instead of a cork, because a cork could leak after some while, if you store it in the freezer.

Most of todays Cognacs  are chill-filtered, also this Pure White. When you chill filter a spirit, you filter out some of the heavier ‘fats’ which provides a richer flavors. These fats will cloud up when the spirit is chilled, so for purely cosmetic reasons these fats are filtered out.

The brandy base ranges in age between 15 and 50 years. The fat bottle belies a skinny package as it contains 70cL, 1.69 ounces shy of the universal 750mL liquor bottle.  The punch it packs, however, remains at a familiar 40% alcohol by volume.  Bottles retail around $40. To enjoy the aromas of Hennessy Pure White, let the bottle cool in ice for a while and drink it on the rocks in a tumbler or as a long drink. Also the mix-ability in cocktails (especially the tropical ones) is noteworthy.

The tasting notes of the Hennessy Pure White Review are:

The color: bright honey, much lighter than the Hennessy VS or VSOP.
The nose: simple, not too aggressive, very subtle; even a full inhale revealed a very gentle fruit and flower bouquet.
The taste: an easy drink, very fresh and smooth with flowery and sweet fruity notes.
The aftertaste: short and simple with lots of sweet tones.
The age:  between the 15 and 50 years, it tastes much younger….
The origin: Grande Champagne Cognac, Petite Champagne, Borderies and Fins Bois.
The price: about $40,- in Antigua. I find that the prices are different depending on where you go.

Happy drinking!

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About Ray Gruenfelder

Creator and Founder of The Guy Corner NYC, the Guys lifestyle blog (Tech, Sports, Food, Drinks & much more) Married father of 2, this page is dedicated to "Guy Stuff". We will be sharing Tech tips, mobile app reviews, sports stories, talking about my favorite foods and adult beverages & a whole lot more.

Posted on March 6, 2014 4:08 pm, in For The Guys, Gadget Guru, The Brewski, The Foodie and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 71 Comments.

  1. 15 to 50 years? Really?

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    • I just came back from St. Martin on Feb 27 and they are selling it most places at 2 for $80.00. If you purchase a case of 6 which I did, it’s $35.00 per bottle or $210.00 per case. Three years ago they were selling for $26.00 per bottle but the demand has certainly gone up since then.

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  2. Pure White is the best! Doesn’t look nor taste like the regular. Its only sold on islands, airports & out of the U.S. border line. The cost is a mere $40. Don’t know why the U.S. won’t sell it. I have to get special deliveries each season of the year to keep my personal bar stocked.

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  3. How can I get it online?

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  4. Hello, I live in the Bahamas and have access to the Hennessy Pure White as well as other fine cognacs. If you would like to purchase feel free to email me and we can arrange payment and delivery. Serious purchasers only need apply.

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  5. I just came back from Jamaica and bought 2 bottles prices at $62 each. Someone told me you could get it in Cali, but I’m not that sure.

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  6. We just came back from Dominican Republic and pick up a box of 6 for $250 witch it’s a hell of good deal (duty free store)people here in New York will pay up to $80 to $100 per bottle….. It’s some good stuff

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  7. I want to get a bottle for fathers day but the website i found it on it’s $144 dollars with shipping its just shy of $200. Just doesnt seem worth it.

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  8. I just brought six too. I got 2 left that I’m willing to sell.

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  9. Got 16 bottles near Chicago $120 per bottle

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  10. 16 bottles of Hennessy pure white $120 a bottle near Chicago contact Darius phone #708-540-6344 or email dariusdfr500@yahoo.com

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  11. Looking for white hennessy in Nassau August 12-13, 2015

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  12. I have six bottles of Hennessy pure white unopened for sale for $100 a bottle plus shipping if anyone is interested jahsonson@gmail.com.

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  13. Got a few bottles for sale – just in time for Christmas!!

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  14. I have a sealed bottle if anyone in NYC in interested!

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  15. Love this stuff!

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  16. The best way to get it is to find someone whose going on a cruise. That way you won’t have to pay a lot of money. Because that’s what I’m doing.

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  17. Have A couple of bottles to sell if anybody interested

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  18. Just came back from dr got a couple of bottles of Hennessy pure white email if interested cgonzalez0674@gmail.com

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  19. Mikessocool2002@gmail.com. if anyone is interested, I also have several bottles for sale. Just came back from the bahamas.

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  20. I have 8 bottles left 90.00 free shipping

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  21. I just picked up 6 bottles. Gonna gift 2 to family so willing to sell the other 4 at $100 plus shipping (cheaper shipping if you wanna by 2 or more of them). Email me: kspirit79@yahoo.com

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  22. I got 4 to sell. $100 + shipping. kspirit79@yahoo.com

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  23. Have a few bottles for sale in florida 100 dollars shipping included
    lakera_williams@hotmail.com you can email me

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  24. Andrea Bastian-Best

    Just got back from the Bahamas and have 2 bottles of Pure White to sell $110+ free shipping each. Andreabbest@gmail.com

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  25. I just picked up 6 bottles. Gonna gift 2 to family so willing to sell the other 4 at $100 plus shipping (cheaper shipping if you wanna by 2 or more of them). Email me starrlo4@yahoo.com.

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  26. I have a bottle of White still unopened bought around 13 years ago. Is it still good for consumption?

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    • Over all Rule of thumb, an unopened bottle of Cognac can stay good for much longer than 13 years. I would think it should be fine. It all depends on the living conditions of the bottle (cool dry place). The other thing to look for that would be a matter of concern, would be leakage through the seal or excessive evaporation (i.e. low bottle fill). If you don’t see that, I would guess it’s fine.

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  27. I have 8 bottles in the NYC area.

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  28. Have a few bottles in mastic ny 100.00 bottle email me lakera_williams@hotmail.com

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  29. Does anyone know where I can purchase?

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  30. Do you know where in NJ NYC can I get a bottle?

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  31. Does anyone know the going rate at Duty Free in Barbados?

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  32. Just heard Hennessy doesn’t even make Pure White. My friend just went to the Hennessy distillate in France and when she asked to purchase some, she said they looked at her like she had three heads. They didn’t even acknowledge they knew about it. So who makes it? I don’t know, but it’s not Hennessy.

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