Armagnac Review – Comte de Lauvie 12 year old XO Imperial

Comte de Lauvie 12 year old XO Imperial

40% ABV

£46.16 from Master of Malt
  

Day 3 of my Armagnac Advent Calendar. Loving this!

Read more on the Armagnac Advent Calendar and other Calendars (still available with time to catch up!) here

Nose. 

Lots of almonds and marzipan. Subtle fruitcake. Really warming to smell. Almost immediately rewarding and comforting. There’s a dustiness to the nose like being in a working bakery. Danish pastries. Apricots. Boiled apples. Marmalade. Very jammy. Awesome breakfast tipple here for Christmas morning! Beautifully aromatic, quite hard to keep my nose out if it. This should be a fragrance!

Palate. 

Soft fruits in the arrival. Apples, apricots, plums, sweet cherries. Then there is some almond notes coming through in the cakey sweetness, light fruitcake, marzipan, icing sugar, it’s quite a traditional Christmas cake. Breakfast pastries, more fruit, some nutty dryness, but always has a jammy texture, more orange marmalade now. This is absolute breakfast heaven. 

Finish. 

The fruit jam hangs around for a medium-long time with some oak lingering gently in the background, icing sugar and the overwhelming satisfaction of a warm breakfast hug is the final memory. This is great stuff. 

Conclusion. 

This is really beautiful liquid. I’m absolutely loving it. Straight on the Christmas list! Very fruity and lovely fresh pastry notes, well aged, great balance. Amazing find. 

Thanks to Drinks by the Dram for the awesome advent calendar. I am going to blissfully enjoy the next 21 new Armagnac Adventures. 

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