Brilliant, more deeply hued golden yellow. A vanilla nose dominated by notes of dried rose petal and apricot jam, then candied fruit. A finish of walnut, cinnamon and licorice. A rich and elegant cognac.
Beverage Testing Institute 94 points - Aromas point to honey, vanilla, Sherry and nectarines. It warms as it goes down, with plenty of spice and dried fruit, and evolves on the palate from light (honey) to dark (dried orange peel, caramel, clove) in an intriguing way. Sip and ponder, perhaps with a few squares of dark chocolate.
Brilliant amber color. Dense aroma of dried lilacs, honeyed nuts, suede, and sweet baking spices follow through on a soft, silky entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with ripe poached pear, dried apple, and cinnamon notes coming to the fore. Finishes with a long, spicy floral honey, mineral and nut accented. A super smooth, highly polished XO that drinks effortlessly.