Two barrels of Hennessy’s anniversary blend sailed from France to the U.S. on the Hermione; events open to the public.

By Cari Jorgensen

As you may know, 2015 marks 250 years of Hennessy. In honor of this monumental anniversary, the cognac maker has placed two barrels of their anniversary blend on the Hermione and sailed across the Atlantic from France to the United States with them. The original Hermione voyage, which took place in 1780, also carried cognac.

Photo courtesy of Hennessy

Photo courtesy of Hennessy

The 18th century Hermione replica arrived in Mt. Vernon, Virginia on June 9, 2015. At George Washington’s home in Mt. Vernon, the Hennessy Maison Chairman and CEO Bernard Peillon presented Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association with the first barrel. The second barrel will be donated to charity in New York at the end of the Hermione’s voyage in the beginning of July.

A barrel of Hennessy 250 Collector Blend Cognac is lifted from the Hermione at Riverwalk Landing Marina. Photo by Pat Jarrett/Invision for Hennessy/AP Images

The Hermione will be docked at South Street Seaport, Pier 15 in New York from July 1 through July 4. Several events are open to the public during this time, including tours of the ship, product samples, music and art. For more information, visit

Photo by Pat Jarrett/Invision for Hennessy/AP Images

A special engraved bottle of Hennessy 250 Collector Blend at Riverwalk Landing Marina, moments before it was presented to Captain Yann Cariou aboard the Hermione, Friday, June 5, 2015 in Yorktown, Virginia. Photo by Pat Jarrett/Invision for Hennessy/AP Images

To learn more about Hennessy’s 250th anniversary blend, check out Cigar & Spirits interview with Hennessy Tasting Committee Member Renaud de Gironde.