Darroze Les Grande Assemblages – 8 year old
£50.33 from Master of Malt
Day 4 of my Armagnac Advent Calendar. Loving this!
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.
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.
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.
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.