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Larressingle VSOP Armagnac
September 01, 2019 92 Points Tasting Panel

Medium amber color with a smooth, toasty nose; rich and creamy with elegant dried fruit and lovely toasted oak. A top producer of this great, underappreciated brandy.

— Anthony Dias Blue

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Larressingle Napoleon Armagnac
September 01, 2019 93 Points Tasting Panel

A lush nose gives way to a silky texture and rich, sweet dried fruits with notes of treacle and light toast; long and elegant, with a soft but lavish finish.

— Anthony Dias Blue

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Larressingle XO Armagnac
September 01, 2019 94 Points Tasting Panel

Deep amber color with a soft, smooth nose. This silky, tannic, and complex 20-year-old spirit exudes chocolate complemented by nutty notes of almond and hazelnut.

— Anthony Dias Blue

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June 01, 2019 91 Points - Intensely rich, long, and balanced Tasting Panel

Dark mahogany color with roasted coffee present on both the nose and palate; Intensely rich, long, and balanced.

— Anthony Dias Blue

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June 01, 2019 91 Points - Powerful with lengthy finish Tasting Panel

Rich black-licorice nose; lush and thick with sweet anise and a tangy acid structure; powerful with a lengthy finish.

— Anthony Dias Blue

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June 01, 2019 92 Points - Sweet and luscious Tasting Panel

Cloudy yellow color with a bright lemon nose; silky-smooth with lovely flavors of Sorrento lemons; sweet and luscious with length and balance

— Anthony Dias Blue

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Tia Maria Coffee Liqueur
April 20, 2019 89 Points - Great Value Ultimate Spirits Challenge

Coffee and vanilla flirt with each other in this tried and true coffee liqueur. This is a great choice for a multidimensional coffee liqueur as it hosts buttery pecan as well as sweet cream notes alongside its coffee core.

— Paul Pacult, Sue Woodley, and David Talbot

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April 20, 2019 96 Points - Chairman's Trophy Ultimate Spirits Challenge

Pungent aromas of botanicals and spice are clean and pleasantly bitter. The flavor begins with a pillowy sweetness before turning into a deep and mouth watering bitterness full of flavorful layers. Botanical and dried citrus notes abound.

— Paul Pacult, Sue Woodley, and David Talbot

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L’Héritier-Guyot Crème de Cassis de Dijon
April 01, 2019 94 Points Tasting Panel

Smooth and creamy with sweet notes of black currant. Going strong for 173 years, this is the definitive brand of cassis and the base of many a Kir Royale.

— Anthony Dias Blue

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Tia Maria Coffee Liqueur
April 01, 2019 92 Points Tasting Panel

Dark amber color with smooth, sweet, and authentic notes of toasted coffee; creamy and rich with a nice edge.

— Anthony Dias Blue

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April 01, 2019 93 Points Tasting Panel

Dark amber hue with a soft, sweet herbal nose; smooth and dense with gentle herbs and complex flavors from the inclusion of more than 30 botanicals. Rich and softly bitter.

— Anthony Dias Blue

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April 01, 2019 92 Points Tasting Panel

Deep mahogany color with an aromatic, spicy nose. Creamy, rich, and sweet with soft bitters, spice, and notes of the more than 30 botanicals that go into this formula, which was perfected more than 120 years ago.

— Anthony Dias Blue

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March 24, 2019 Silver Medal San Francisco World Spirits Competition
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Larressingle VSOP Armagnac
March 24, 2019 Silver Medal San Gabriel Valley Tribune
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Larressingle XO Armagnac
December 31, 2018 94 Points Wine Enthusiast

This dessert-worthy pour opens with concentrated, sweet caramel on nose and palate. The first sips double down with palate-coating crème brûlée, edged with espresso and baking spice, leading to a long, gentle, custard fade.

— Kara Newman

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Larressingle VSOP Armagnac
December 31, 2018 92 Points Wine Enthusiast

Look for a dark amber hue and sweet vanilla bean aromas plus hints of cocoa and fig. The soft palate opens with a blast of baking spice, leading into a softer, mocha-tinged midpalate refreshed by lemon peel astringency on the exit. Sip or mix.

— Kara Newman

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