The Cognac Ferrand brand doesn’t just sell its cognac on its own, it also mixes the spirit with fruit infusions to create cognac-based liqueurs. We tried the company’s Orange XO, one of five liqueurs the company sells.
For starters, this is a dark, 80-proof spirit that’s in the Grand Marnier family (not the Cointreau/triple sec family), offering older, mature tones ouside of the clean orange flavor typical of the clear orange liqueurs. The color is actually darker than Grand Marnier, with a more subtle body. While Grand Marnier has a hotter, more alcoholic character, the Mathilde Orange XO tastes mellower, adding to the orange base notes of wood, vanilla, and butterscotch.
Very smooth, this actually more approachable on its own than Grand Marnier is, but works just as well as a cocktail ingredient. Very nice, and surprisingly affordable, too!
A- / $28