10 Amazing Armagnacs You’ll Be Glad You Tried

Crafted in Gascony, just a hop and a skip away from Cognac in Southwestern France, Armagnac is a 700-year-old spirit that lives in the shadow of its more-famous cousin. Hand crafted in often small quantities, it is single-distilled from a blend of grapes that includes ColombardFolle Blanche, Baco Blanc and Ugni Blanc. Typically, Armagnac is produced by using column stills, rather than the pot stills that are used to make Cognac. It is an intensely evocative spirit that delivers a broad spectrum of flavors. This complex, nuanced spirit commands a powerful presence among aficionados and casual sippers alike.

 

TARIQUET BAS ARMAGNAC XO

 


 
Smells like: Warm toast, fruit gelée, tangerine peel
Tastes like: Round, supple, hints of toasty oak, citrus fruit
 

Sempe Napoleon Armagnac

 

Smells like: Tropical fruits, creamy vanilla, cocoa powder
Tastes like: Sweet fruit, caramel, robust flavors

 

Delord Bas Armagnac

 


Smells like: Creamy vanilla, walnuts, golden raisins, leather
Tastes like: Fruit forward, assertive, balanced, lovely finish

 

Chateau de Pellehaut Tenareze Armagnac

 


 
Smells like: Ripe plums, grapes, Asian pears
Tastes like: Rich, crisp, milk chocolate, dark berries, hint of vanilla

 

Darroze Armagnac Laburthe

 

 

Smells like: Caramel, hints of hazelnuts, molasses
Tastes like: Walnuts, dried apricots, plums

 

Samalens Bas Armagnac


Smells like: Stone fruit, forest floor, hints of spice
Tastes like: Smooth, round, golden raisins, French vanilla, toffee

 

Chateau de Laubade Extra Bas Armagnac


 
Smells like: Coffee, cocoa, licorish, honey, dried apricot
Tastes like: Nutty, toasted wood, hints of spice and tobacco

 

Laberdolive Bas Armagnac


 
Smells like: Harmonious floral notes, vanilla, toasted oak
Tastes like: Well-developed fruit; soft, round, luxurious finish

 

Domaine d’Esperance XO


 
Smells like: Honey, rich caramel, Italian plums
Tastes like: Spice, dry fruit. Quite pure.

 

Castarede Bas Armagnac


 
Smells like: Exotic spice, dry fruits, citrus blossom, leather
Tastes like: Hazelnuuts, caramel, light honey

Ilona Thompson

Ilona Thompson is Editor-in-Chief at PalateXposure, a destination site for oenophiles, gourmands and luxury travelers. She also recently launched #Wine, a site dedicated to wines and spirits reviews, and #Photography, a site devoted to high-quality wine, food, and travel related photography.

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