Xante is a cognac liqueur made by The Xante Company. It was invented in Sweden in 1994. Finnish company Altia bought the brand in 2012 and it is now a part of Anora Group. Xante is a blend of 4-years old cognac and pear juice. Not sugar or any artificial ingredients are added. 50cl bottle was 11.90€.
Nose is rich in ripe pears. Pear is so dominant it’s difficult to find other aromas. Mouthfeel is thick, even there shouldn’t be added sugar. Taste is rich and mellow. Lots of pears and some cognac spices on the background, oak, vanilla and cinnamon. There is some pepper on the aftertaste and it’s slightly bitter, which lures me to take another sip… As such, the taste is straightforward and narrow, but pear and cognac just mix very well together. Xante is nice on it’s own, but much better when added to ice cubes. It suits very well to different cocktails and I can see it would be very nice with sparkling wine.