Extase X.O. Liqueur d’Orange
- SP Wine Spectator
- WE Wine Enthusiast
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- RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
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- Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
- Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
- * as rated by our staff
90–95 pts.Wine Enthusiast: November 1, 2001
Attractive, orange/bronze/honey color. The opening bouquet is very tart and reminiscent of tangerines; further nosings unearth the XO Cognac, but only as a distant scent; in the final pass, the Cognac element becomes more pronounced as it adds body and foundation to the citrusy tartness. On palate, there’s no mistaking the orange presence; the midpalate is tingky, sweet-tart, of medium viscosity an simply luscious. There’s an echo of steeliness in the finish, but nothing that I find seriously disagreeable. Suitable on the rocks or neat and chilled. Try it with dark chocolate.
90 pts. Beverage Testing Institute: January 25, 2002
Amber. Sweet candied oranges and flower in the nose with a touch of vapor. A smooth, supple entry leads to a fruity-sweet medium-to full-bodied palate with nice, spicy marmalade, orange peel notes and peppery spice. Finishes with a warm glow of cooked oranges and brown spice. Delightful.
F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal: ,
Attractive, orange/bronze/honey color… very pure; the opening bouquet is very tart and reminds me more of tangerines than oranges — the middle stage nosings unearth the XO Cognac, but only as a distant scent initially — in the final pass, the Cognac element becomes more pronounced as it adds body and foundation to the citrusy tartness — what I so favorably respond to in this seductive bouquet is the fine marriage of the Cognac and the orange — as it aerates, the Cognac influence builds, but never veils the orange — a superb liqueur fragrance of the first rank; on palate, there’s no mistaking the orange presence at entry.
Nightclub & Bar: June 1, 1998
Extase XO is a product the best demonstrates the enormous power of cooperation. Extase XO is a light-bodied liqueur made with orange peels from the Caribbean island of Curaçao and a base of cognac. This marvelous new product is the brainchild of famed cognac maker A. Hardy and one of France’s premier liqueur producers, Lejay Lagoute. The brandy selected for this collaborative is the distinguished A. Hardy XO Cognac, a well-aged, supremely elegant spirit made from a blend of Grande Champagne and petite Champagne cognac.