The Hennessy cognac distillery was founded in 1765 by Richard Hennessy, an Irish officer serving in the army of Louis XV, a maison that has always kept on innovating and creating to give birth to the world's finest cognacs. The iconic fist clutching a hatchet refers to founder Richard Hennessy's 12-year army career with the French, earning him French citizenship.
In 1865, Maurice Hennessy, great-grandson of founder Richard Hennessy, decided to create a cognac classification. He used varying numbers of stars to designate different quality, giving rise to Hennessy's Three Star Cognac, today known as V.S. (Very Special). Soon this classification was adopted by the entire industry.