Tariquet VSOP

40% alc./vol.
Bas-Armagnac, France.

RV 87.5%
First, notes of very ripe fruit escape, despite the fact that we feel that the grape wants to take its place with oxygenation. On the palate, the finish is soft, subtle, and as if on the nose, before the grapes settle comfortably, the dates make their presence felt. However in the final it is quite the opposite, while the grapes triumph quickly, but the candied fruit will return in aftertaste to leave a long warm and sweetly sweet memory. Perhaps not the best, but when you do not feel like attacking an Islay, turns out to be an exotic substitute much more valuable than the Glenlivet and Glenfiddich of this world.

Tariquet VS Classic

40% alc./vol.
Bas-Armagnac, France.

RV 83%
Pretty immature, for the whiskey lover is reminiscent of an Aberlour also immature, but less disastrous. On the tongue and the palate, one comes to correct the errors, impregnating them with a juicy caramel, not really grapes. The final is its strong point with elegant caramel, well-supported grapes and a good presence in general, which continues until the final where certainly it is good, only not at the same height as the mouth. A good value for money, but perhaps a little too young to demonstrate all the know-how and passion of the Armagnac for their favorite drink. At 7 $ extra, go for the VSOP.

Single Samalens 15 years

40% alc./vol.
Bas-Armagnac, France.

André 82%
Fruity with generosity, many grapes containing a good sugar level, all spices. Poor arrival in the mouth, a texture and a pitiful presence that has no structure and struggles to hold the road properly. Too bad because the nose was beautiful promises, forgotten in the mouth but fortunately found in the final where he regains balance, texture and development.

RV 88%
Surprisingly fruity for an Armagnac designed to mimic single malt, however the imposing nose shows a lot of character, with grapes and orange. On the tongue, the grape disappears behind aging oak which slowed the development of spices (nutmeg, cinnamon) on the taste buds. In the finish, first an explosion of anise, just as heavy as the rest, which slowly turns into vanilla over the seconds. Side aftertaste, impossible not to mention the length of it that extends seconds, almost minutes, all with a little taste of burning or smoke. Served blind, its character can deceive single malt lovers, and apart from grapes this single grape can easily share the taste ring (and unfortunately, that of the price) of several good whiskeys.

Patrick 85%
Alcohol and spices reminiscent of an industrial rum. Taste the sugar cane, with beautiful spicy fruit and a powerful oak. The finish is sweet, spicy and very intense. The whole is very well balanced and develops intense heat.

Larressingle 21 years Very Old Armagnac

43% alc./vol.
Ténarèze, France.

RV 84%
From the outset, those who like me fear a little anise refrain from feeling it immediately after pouring. Or rather, to feel it, to see how much oxygen can bring him wisdom of leather and wild caramel. And to taste how much in the mouth it mates, to slip in the mouth with a touch of bourbon, before a slow transfer to notes of cinnamon and strong vanilla, and why not a little cherry. The finish is a little short but embellished with earthy and coppery notes. A beautiful wisdom, but also a price accordingly.

Gelas Single Cask Double Matured

44.2% alc./vol.
Armagnac. 21 years of age.

RV 92.5%
Far from Paris, it seems to be very good to live. On the nose, the wood is sweet and sweet, a distant tart with maple syrup on the edge of the attic window. On the palate very fruity orange and apricot, we do not feel as much the barrel despite age. The finish begins a little dry, but extends in the fruity character not too grape. With the name and packaging, we sniff the attempt to attack the single malts, but when we support everything with excellent, excellent vintage, what the marketing thinks, we do not care.

Domaine de Papolle Hors d'Age Bas Armagnac

40% alc./vol.
Gascony, France.

RV 82%
Olfactively, an unexpected smoke is felt, suggesting strongly burned barrels. It also suggests a hint of citrus, however a little too restrained. To taste, it is first the anise then the very burnt caramel which comes to play on the taste buds for a long time. The finish plunges primitively into the anise before the vanilla and the strong tannins of the wood comes with the quiet grapes that follow them. Admittedly, it's a good Armagnac, but far from the best I've ever tasted.

Domain of Maubet 1973

42% alc./vol.

RV 86%
With its sweet scents of anise and caramel burnt very heavy, we can not expect the arrival surreal, fat and at the same time light, without any grapes, with only a touch of alcohol through the very pleasant caramel . In the throat, really more regal but marked with vegetal notes (anise and cinnamon), with a long feeling, not too abrupt. Longer finish with notes of sugar cane and industrial rum. What a strong armagnac!

Domaine Chiroulet Reserve 15 years Old Armagnac

42% alc./vol.
Ténarèze, France.

RV 89%
Arrival sweet caramel and candied orange, beautiful olfactory depth. Really grabs the mouth first with a syrupy texture, then a surprising spiciness for barely 42% alcohol, and it is the caramel that dominates. In the final, we find the grapes, first red and raisin, with a final that masks the origins of the wines of this Armagnac to suggest a bourbon with high wheat content. Really a good bottle, which at a reasonable price, is perhaps even a good introduction for those who want to know this spirit. So, I will rather opt to mention that it is a very beautiful armagnac everyday.

Chateau de Laubade XO

40% alc./vol.

RV 84.5%
A nice quiet walk but with a cochere with a lot of personality. No olfactory surprise with its old copper and caramel but also original with berries (raspberry). Arrival powerful, very "wood" and caramel with the fruits that continue in the final, not only fruity but very long.

Busca Castle XO N ° 1

40% alc./vol.
Ténarèze, France.

RV 84.5%
A beautiful Armagnac, not necessary introduction since very typical. Strong enough with a nose of vanilla and plums, it takes time to settle in the mouth. Preceding the finale, the slow caramel moss explodes in very ripe grapes, and the aftertaste is very long. A bit monotonous but strong in the notes he plays.

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