Hine has recently upgraded its XO from Fine Champagne to Grande Champagne (as well as its packaging), meaning that all the eaux-de-vie used in the assemblage are from the best region of Cognac. This bottling is aged a minimum of 10 years.
Tasting note: Burnished copper colour. Several minutes in the glass yields moderately intense, semi sweet scents of dates, vanilla, marzipan and cedar. Medium bodied, soft and round with a slightly creamy texture, the palate is gently spicy and semi sweet; dried fruit (prunes, dates) and spice flavours are perfectly balanced against fine drying tannins. Finishes clean and warming with a subtle aftertaste of roasted nuts, vanilla and spice. A nicely integrated XO. 40% Alc./Vol.