Last week we discussed Cognac, the French Grape Spirit recognized world wide for its quality and popularized by the Hennessey Brand. This week we will discuss Armagnac Unique what makes.
This week we will explore Cognac’s lesser known cousin that is every bit as delicious and tasteful Armagnac.
Armagnac what makes it unique?.
For begginers, as we mentioned in last weeks article Brandy Cognac Armagnac is like Cognac a specific region in France the Armagnac Region in Gascoy France.
Further diffrent blends of Grapes are used such asBaco 22A, Colombard, Folle blanche, Ugni blanc.
Another intresting diffrence is Armagnac’s is distilled using column stills as opposed to the pot stills used in the making of Cognac. However France being Francedon’t use an ordinary column still but a Alambic Armagnacais a column still that manages to be even less efficient then the pot stills used for Cognac.
That is not to say that Armagnac is made in large batches. Amagnac has traditionaly been a small batch production by small companies. Tht is why it has less world wide recognition. In a sense you might want to say you get more of the famers hand in the bottle.
Another difference that makes Armagnac unique, is the variety of barrels permitted to be used, and how that adds a different flavor to the Spirit. How does it affect the taste? stay tuned for the future articles where we will explore further how barrels affect the taste of the spirit in side the barrel stay tuned!
Why is there no year of age on my Armagnac?
The answer being that Armagnac is blended by using the V.S. system Master Blender the abilty to blend the taste to perfection, without losing value.
- V.S. (Very Special) or (three stars) designates a blend in which the youngest brandy has been stored for a miniumum of two years in cask.
- V.S.O.P. (Very Superior Old Pale) or Reserve designates a blend in which the youngest brandy is stored for at least four years in a cask
- XO (Extra Old) or Napoléon currently designates a blend in which the youngest brandy is stored for at least six years. The minimum storage age of the youngest brandy used in an XO blend has been increased to 10 years in April 2018; this rule was originally scheduled for implementation in 2016, but was postponed due to inadequate stocks.The Napoleon designation, previously unofficial, will then be used to specifically denote those blends with a minimum age of six years that do not meet the revised XO definition.
- Hors d’âge (Beyond Age) is a designation which BNIC states is equal to XO. In practice the term is used by producers to market a high-quality product beyond the official age scale
By the way, being that Armagnac is the oldest of the recorded spirits in Europe dating back to the fifteenth centurythere are Armagnac Houses that have Armagnac spirits that can be way over a hundred years old.
However traditionaly after twenty five years the Armagnac Houses pour the Armagnac into glass carboy’s to pervent further evaporation.
The Farmers of Armagnac and Gascoy,
Why are the Farmers of Armagnac and Gascoy so old? I am touring the region and I cant fail to notice that everyoone seems to be living here longer and healthier lives!
Leave to the Brits to figure this one out! In a Daily mail article, attributes the farmers longevity that comes from the farmers consuming Armagnac!
We will discuss this in later article’s, the health benefits of drinking!
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