Quick review Hennessy is one of the most popular and best-selling cognac beverages in the world. Hennessy VS is characterized by fragrances and flavors of fruits, roasted almonds, grapes, and a woody aroma. Even though the meaning of the letters VS (Very Special) mostly means aging of 3-5 years, the Hennessy VS is aged for no less than 8 years. Word from the expert To bear the title "cognac", the beverage has to meet many strict criteria. To produce the Hennessy, the grapes are harvested from vineyards in Cognac region alone, which is the only place with the unique climate conditions required for the production of the beverage. The grapes undergo a long and slow aging process in oak barrels, without human contact, and using exclusive distillation methods.