HENNESSY V.S presents

MAURICE ASHLEY

Discover how Maurice Ashley chased his “wild rabbit” through lessons of victory and defeat on his journey to become a Chess Grandmaster.

Scene from the film, an actor portraying Chess Grandmaster Maurice Ashley.
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Hennessy tells the inspiring story of Maurice Ashley, who embodies Hennessy’s “Never Stop. Never Settle.” ethos by pushing the limits of his mind to become a Chess Grandmaster.

Maurice didn’t learn his craft in a secluded sanctuary, he honed his game on the stone tables of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. He relentlessly chased the lessons of victory and defeat in the Black Bear School of Chess, where he learned from trap setters, speed players and trash talkers.

Maurice pushed the limits of his potential, unlocked the power of the human mind, and won his way to achieve the highest honor in chess.

Hennessy Wild Rabbit chess piece in fog.

Maurice Ashley's story

Unlocking His Potential

Maurice Ashley sitting at a park chess table.
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Hennessy takes you behind the scenes with this intimate look at Maurice Ashley, inviting you to step back to the golden era of 90’s Brooklyn, blitz chess and the Black Bear School. This documentary follows Maurice as he recounts the people, places and lessons that led him to become a Chess Grandmaster.

Maurice Ashley sampling in the Hennessy distillery.

Maurice Ashley

Visiting The Hennessy Maison

Maurice Ashley playing chess in the Hennessy Maison with a bottle of Hennessy V.S
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Hennessy V.S

Hennessy Very Special (V.S) is one of the most popular cognacs in the world. Matured in new oak barrels, Hennessy V.S is bold and fragrant. Its beguiling character is uniquely Hennessy, a timeless choice with an intensity all its own. Hennessy V.S offers toasted and fruit notes, with a rich, clearly defined palate and a welcoming exuberance.

Hennessy V.S expresses its vibrant and dynamic personality through unique artist partnerships and annual limited editions. Easy to enjoy, it’s a perfect cognac for high-energy occasions and sharing the moment.

The round and robust flavors of Hennessy V.S make it very versatile and ideal for any cocktail possibility, from classic recipes and sophisticated cocktail creations to easy mixed drinks.