Armagnac is a type of brandy created from just a few principal grapes – Baco, Folle Blanche, Colombard and Ugni Blanc only in the Armagnac region that covers Bas-Armagnac, Armagnac-Ténarèze and Haut-Armagnac and Blanche d’Armagnac.
The process of single distillation gives the final pre-aged spirit more flavour and character than cognac, which is typically distilled twice, hence it is sometimes described as “a rougher version” of cognac.
Armagnac is traditionally aged in barrels often blended and sold as ‘vintages’. If a blend is used then the youngest of the blend will be the age describing it.
It is in the barrel that the tannins will develop, creating that golden caramel colour associated with Armagnac. The barrels are plugged with a cloth around the cork to allow oxidisation. There is an atmospheric loss over the years, which is commonly known as the ‘angels share’.
Drink it after a long lunch or dinner and enjoy its digestif effects.
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