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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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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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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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