The Schtick: This is a single cask of armagnac brandy distilled at Delord in France. It is distilled in 1994 and bottled in 2018, for a total of 24 years. It is bottled at cask strength, with no filtering or coloring. It was selected by Elixir Spirits.
ABV: 53% ABV
Age: 24 Years
Nose: Rich apricot, honey, pears and peach rings. Sweet, effervescent fruity character. Light oak presence, some spice like pepper. Faint toffee, and some sweet white grape notes.
Taste: Medium mouth feel. Faint pinprick of heat. Light sulfur, faint astringency. Then a big burst of fruit. Currants, blackberries, rich Dole fruit syrup. There’s grape, melon and pear. Good oak body without becoming dry or tannic. Light cocoa note.
Finish: Short to medium in length, the heat has dried up. Grapes and honeydew are prominent here, more stone fruit than blackberry here. Light herbal character, faint cracked pepper. Rich sweet honey.
Overall: This is a really nice cask, but I could have done without the astringency in the palate. I’m happy it was pretty isolated, but I also can’t shake it. Over a couple of drams, it’s failed to disappear completely, and that’s going to keep it from reaching higher. That said, this is a great dram. It successfully exemplifies a lot of Armagnac’s best characteristics without tasting like a bourbon clone on the cheap, or a super juicy distilled Oregon pinot. I’m a fan.
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