Hennessy Black is a blend of 35-45 different eau de vie aged in French oak barrels previously used for cognac for at least five years. This relatively short time in the barrel lends a lighter color and faint oak notes on the nose. The nose is light with a hint of the white Ugni Blanc grapes used to make the eau de vie, which also comes through in the taste. This is clearly a grape-based spirit, with bright white wine notes coming through and just a hint of oak. The overall taste is soft, with no real heat to speak of. Hennessy Black finishes clean and is really enjoyed best mixed with cola, ginger ale, or a little sugar and lemon.