Pale & Dry bursts from the bottle with purpose, subdued power and endless finesse. The nose flushes a delicate tale of impressive age and the meticulous handling of fruit; showing soft floral tones, buttressed by clean wood, and recherché vanilla. The beauty and invitation of the nose is potently established on the palate with a mystifying clarity, while simultaneously demonstrating dulcet baking spices that undulate sumptuously, with no prevarication, building to a mellow toothsome roundness. The finish is harmonious, complex and distinctive, showing again the many flavors previously displayed - as if they were dawdling, on a slow marching parade-- lingering. This is a very nice cognac.