Delamain Pale & Dry X.O.
Growth: 100% Grande Champagne. Style: Delicacy, length, fruitiness and mellowness. Bouquet: Power of the perfumes, length of the fragrance. Floral scents, lingering aftertaste of vanilla (rancio). Savour: Mellowness, roundness, age. Intense fruitiness. Color: Extremely clear and bright, brilliant and velvety gold.
Bold and butterscotchy, this easy-drinking Cognac also has dried fruit and nutty tones, plus a saline touch that's reminiscent of salted caramel. There's a spicy flourish on the relatively dry finish. Delamain notes that it is one of the only Cognac houses to exclude VS and VSOP expressions from its portfolio, "its range starts where others end, with an X.O."