Armagnac Review – Chateau De Laubade VSOP Bas Armagnac

Chateau De Laubade VSOP Bas Armagnac

40% ABV

£36.95 from Master of Malt
  

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Nose. 

Spicy banana bread with cinnamon for the first sniff. Some spicy vanilla. Nutmeg. Toffee. This is difficult to deconstruct, quite complex on the sweet spices. Reminds me of something I can’t quite put my finger on. Sweet aniseed. Something more elemental and herbal. Could be mineral based, a little chalky. There’s a touch of marzipan now. And a little mint. A very complex nose, but not a particularly fruity one. There are some fresh apple and stewed banana though. 

Palate. 

Sweet arrival, with brown sugar, toffee, some banana chewits. Development goes towards the herbal edge, slight bitterness, like chewing herbs, maybe even a touch of mint. Aniseed. A little light on the mouthfeel, but still pleasantly chewable. 

Finish. 

Fresh chewed mint, drying with a touch of bitterness. A little oak and then a finale of bitter orange, and fresher mint. Quite refreshing. 

Conclusion. 

It’s another sound Armagnac of course! More herbal this one, which isn’t so much my cup of tea, I like the fruity numbers. It’s still perfectly enjoyable. One that goes alongside a similar profile to the Janneau VSOP. 

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

Armagnac Review – Darroze Les Grande Assemblages – 8 year old

Darroze Les Grande Assemblages – 8 year old

43% ABV

£50.33 from Master of Malt
  

Day 4 of my Armagnac Advent Calendar. Loving this!

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Nose. 

Fruity and bright. Some very prominent cream sherry likeness. With a punchy youthful backing. Lots of prunes and screwed plums. There’s a touch of acetone, quite reminiscent of a much older intensely sherry matured scotch. Soft caramel sweet richness. Touch of honeycomb and chocolatey in nature. Nice stuff. 

Palate. 

The punchy youthfulness comes through on the palate, there’s quite a eu de vie note to this, quite young and spirtful. Not in a bad way, in a different way. Lots of young grapes, apples and fruitiness. Some drier, bitter oak twang. The sweetness from the nose isn’t as prominent. There’s a nice oily mouthfeel to the juicy fruit. 

Finish. 

Medium to long in length. Alcohol is quite raw. Apple skin, fresh Apple flesh, some grape skin, a little caramel soaked oak. Towards the end there is a little more soft Cadbury caramel bad thing going on. Very pleasant. 

Conclusion. 

I’m still only 6 Armagnacs into my Armagnac journey (a couple a long time ago), so I’m assuming this is probably the first really young (in profile) one I’ve tried, as it seems to me quite a sprit driven experience. Nothing wrong with that, but I may have been spoiled with previous drams. This is good, but in my limited experience and opinion, it’s a bit expensive for the experience. 

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