Delamain Pale & Dry Grande Champagne Cognac 750ml (Elsewhere $100)
Visually appealing pale flax color. Bouquet offers seductive aromas of almonds, crushed violets, truffles and dark caramel at all nosing stages. Palate entry taste is focused on the fruit, which is more tropical (pineapple) than grape-like; midpalate experience is extraordinarily complex as flavors of black pepper, old oak, spirit, lead pencil and red fruit disarm the taste buds. Finishes dense, multilayered and medium-long. A textbook Cognac. Best Buy.
Delamain is perhaps the most British of all the great Cognac houses. They are known for their light color and elegant dryness so prized by the British. The Pale & Dry is made from all Grande Champagne juice, which has been aged for twenty-five years. Light in color and very elegant on the palate with a extremely smooth and dry finish. 40% ABV Ships in an oversize box