Pale flaxen color. Opening whiffs pick up lightly spiced fragrances of pears and white raisins; together, the pear and cognac provide an elegant, delicate bouquet that's soft, fruity and understated. Palate entry is tart immediately, then quickly turns semisweet as the pear influence overtakes the brandy component. Aftertaste is semisweet, ripe, fruity and intensely pear-like. A world-class liqueur, period.