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Delamain Cognac Pale & Dry X.O
April 16, 2018 Double Gold Medal San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Pale & Dry is bright amber in color, with hints of gold. On the palate it has floral and spice aromas giving way to woody herbs, raisins and other dried fruits, vanilla and a hint of licorice.

— Anthony Dias Blue

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April 16, 2018 Gold Medal San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Brilliant gold/harvest yellow color; flawless purity. Crisp acidity that maintains the aromatic integrity perfectly; ripe pear notes. Entry is luscious, ripe, yet refreshingly tart; midpalate is medium-long, juicy, pear flavor and cognac in harmony. Remarkably elegant.

— Anthony Dias Blue

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Larressingle Napoleon Armagnac
April 03, 2018 95 Points - Finalist, Great Value Ultimate Spirits Challenge

Yellow plums, peach blossom and golden raisin are all elegant aromas that waft from the glass. Robust flavors are reminiscent of baked oatmeal with generous sweet spice. A pleasantly tannic peach skin flavor lingers on the finish.

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Delamain Cognac Pale & Dry X.O
December 31, 2017 94 Points Wine Enthusiast

From the only house were the Cognacs start at XO, this blend of 20- to 25-year-old brandies is mellow and honeyed. The white flower, honey and pear fragrance leads the nose. A flurry of spice—cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger—enlivens the palate, leading to toasty brioche and vanilla, plus hints of pear and walnut. The finish is long, palate-coating and silky.

— Kara Newman

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Delamain Cognac Pale & Dry X.O
December 31, 2017 Best of Year 2017 Wine Enthusiast

From the only house were the Cognacs start at XO, this blend of 20- to 25-year-old brandies is mellow and honeyed. The white flower, honey and pear fragrance leads the nose. A flurry of spice—cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger—enlivens the palate, leading to toasty brioche and vanilla, plus hints of pear and walnut. The finish is long, palate-coating and silky. Grande Champagne region.

— Kara Newman

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Delamain Cognac Pale & Dry X.O
March 29, 2017 95 Points - Finalist, Tried & True Award Ultimate Spirits Challenge
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Larressingle XO Armagnac
March 29, 2017 94 Points - Finalist Ultimate Spirits Challenge
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March 29, 2017 94 Points - Tried & True Award Ultimate Spirits Challenge
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February 01, 2017 94 Points Wine Enthusiast

This “coffee amaro” has a deep, dark hue and enticing, sweet scent that suggests hazelnuts and root beer. On palate, the liquid is thick and viscous, with a mild espresso flavor that eases into a pleasing roots-and-bark finish shot through with clove spice. Mix into cocktails any place amaro would go.

— Kara Newman

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November 10, 2016 Gold Medal New York International Spirits Competition
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Delamain Cognac Pale & Dry X.O
April 01, 2016 94 Points - Finalist - Tried & True Award Ultimate Spirits Challenge
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April 01, 2016 93 Points - Tried & True Award Ultimate Spirits Challenge
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Lucano Amaro Lucano
April 01, 2016 93 Points Wine Enthusiast

Deep purple-brown in the glass, the aroma mixes jammy cherry and raspberry with eucalyptus. The palate walks the line between lightly sweet and lightly bitter, mingling herbaceous root beer notes with faint but refreshing mint and a mildly bitter edge. Recommended as a digestif or for cocktail mixing (i.e. Negroni-style drinks).

— Kara Newman

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February 01, 2016 96 Points Wine Enthusiast

This Cognac-based liqueur incorporates 20 pounds of pears in each 750-ml bottle, yielding a rich golden hue and bold fresh-pear scent. As a digestif-worthy sipper, look for a balanced honey and vanilla flavor profile, with a suggestion of pear on the finish. Ideal for cocktails, baking or sipping straight.

— Kara Newman

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Delamain Cognac Vesper
December 01, 2015 95 Points - Remarkably soft Wine Enthusiast

Made with a blend of brandies aged 30–35 years, this shows dark amber in the glass yet is remarkably soft, balanced and easy to enjoy. The bouquet entices, with scents of caramel, vanilla and orange peel that are mirrored on the palate along with a slight saline twang that reads as salted caramel, braced by clove and cinnamon.

— Kara Newman

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Delamain Cognac Réserve de la Famille
October 01, 2015 98 Points - Premium Cognac of the Year The Cognac Maniac

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