xanteThe rich, dark gold hued XANTÉ made from selected French cognacs and ripe pears with a unctuous touch of vanilla is a new experience (for us here in the US) in premium liqueur which has been around for over 10 years in Europe and is now distributed in the US.

Made by the same Swedish company that produces the 190-year-old Cherry Heering, the cognac and pear-based spirit is one of the most popular liqueurs in Scandinavia.  To make it more accessible in the US they devised an I phone app: Drink Xanté which features Xanté Cocktail Guide, Xanté Bar locator,Xanté Store Locator,Facts and News about Xanté and a Link to Face book!

As touted in its website,  XANTÉ is “the intimate result of a ménage à trois between the finest French cognacs, the affection of French Limousine (sic… it took me a while to figure out they didn’t mean the elongated car favored by celebrities and graduation party goers ) Oak with its touch of vanilla, the perfect penetration of pear, and the slow tender mating process which seals the great conception delivering a flavor and taste beyond all known experience.”

But verbiage aside, the dark gold, dense-bodied and syrupy, yet not too sweet liqueur — one can actually taste the natural fruit sugars — exhibits all the complexity and floral overtones of aged cognac and the freshness and fruitiness of a ripe pear in the palate, combined with the subtle creamy vanilla undertone imparted by aging in French oak.   

I found it seductive and smooth and I enjoyed it as I would a cognac, instead of dessert, at room temperature or chilled. But whether I had it alone, on the rocks or in a cocktail (you can find many suggestions in their website or in the new Xanté I phone application named Drink Xanté where you can find recipes for Xanté cocktails, short and long, hot and cold, straight and on the rocks…) the taste lingers on in a long and fragrant finish.  

According to several sources, Xanté is currently ranked number two in the Scandinavian liqueur segment and 10th most popular liqueur in Europe. Over the past decade sales have increased in volume by over 500% worldwide. Xanté is available in 20 countries, such as the US, the UK, the Nordics, the Benelux countries and Russia.

Xanté Crush will be available at the Sunset Lounge at the Mondrian South Beach on Valentine's Day.

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