The Delamain XO Pale and Dry Cognac is an interesting one. The word 'pale; is due to the color being much lighter than you'd expect of a Cognac of this age. This is due to the natural phenomenon of the eaux-de-vie being matured in very old casks. The word 'dry' is somewhat of a paradox, because it's actually referring to the natural sweetness of the liquid.
The end result, however, is a Cognac that's truly round, intense, and mellow. It offers real depth of character, combining delicacy with amazing fruitiness. If you enjoy a Cognac that's truly flavorsome, with good rancio, then give this one a try. A pure Grande Champagne blend, this is certainly a bottle that will hold its head up high at the smartest of gatherings.
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Eye: Clear, bright, brilliant gold
Nose: Intense, floral scents, hints of vanilla and rancio
Palate: Round, fruity, mellow, and intensely fruity. Satisfying aftertaste and length of finish
Until recently I was a VSOP drinker, but after reading many of the reviews posted here, I decided to expand my horizons to XO, Napoleon, and Extra. By way of comparison, I have tried and reported on Remy Martin XO, Courvoisier Napoleon, Daniel Boujou VSOP and Daniel Boujou XO, Frapin VSOP, and finally the present subject of my tastings.
The present offering is the most unusual in color. Most of the XO and Napoleon Cognacs seem to be much darker gold or amber in color. As stated in the distiller's promo, this is unusually light--I would call it "bright."
The nose is excellent and very "fresh," with some floral and fruitiness, but as an overlay to a nuttiness reminiscent of hazelnuts.
The palate is exciting! Very full but complex.
Finish is long and very smooth. I detect some spiciness and vanilla. Nutmeg? Perhaps. Not too much oak which can subtract if overdone.
Although a tad more expensive than I like, it delivers quality from start to finish. No real weaknesses.
The first thing one notices after pouring a measure of this wonderful Cognac into a tulip glass is the color, which is a light golden tone, rather than the deep amber of many other brands of similar age and composition. The nose is lighter and reminiscent of spring orange blossoms, and a definite absence of any oak tones. The liquid flows smoothly onto the tongue with nary a trace of bite. A very smooth and enjoyable taste of ripe plums and pears, with an undertone of a bit of vanilla. The finish is long and complex--satisfying. Faint hints of oak, and vanilla. One of the nicer Cognacs I've tasted recently.