As of 2014, Hennessy is the world's largest cognac producer and is headquartered in Cognac, France. Beginning production in 1765, the company's line of cognacs include V.S.O.P., X.O., Hennessy Paradis, Hennessy White and Hennessy Black. Hennessy produces over 40 percent of the world's cognac, as of 2014.
Started by an Irishman, Richard Hennessy, the company began shipping cognac to the United States in 1792, and by the 19th century, the company shipped its line of fine cognacs all around the world. Along with its widely available line of cognacs, Hennessy also creates a myriad of top-quality, aged collectible cognacs, including some that are over 100 years old.