Dartigalongue XO Armagnac

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Paid: $50 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Dartigalongue

Region: Bas Armagnac, France

40% ABV

Grapes: Undisclosed

Aged For: XO statement

Cask Type: French oak


Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Brown sugar, port wine, oak, tobacco, leather, dark chocolate, and figs

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: PX sherry, blackberry, blueberry, caramel, oak, raisins

Finish: Light warmth and medium length, coffee, oak, and port wine notes

Thoughts: An extremely fruity brandy, that still has the sugary caramel sweetness with a nice bit of chocolate to round it out. Excellent for the price.

Score: 85 out of 100

Copper & Kings Single Barrel Liquor Barn Select

Copper & Kings Single Barrel LB

Paid: $55 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Copper & Kings

Region: Kentucky

56.5% ABV

Grapes: Undisclosed

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon barrel


Color: Pale orange

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Vanilla, mint, Riesling wine, herbs, oak, and floral notes

Mouthfeel: Full bodied

Palate/Taste: Heavily herbal, oak, very whisky like, grapeskins, pepper, tobacco, floral, rye

Finish: Medium warmth and length, oak, spices, pepper, tobacco, leather, and cherry

Thoughts: This reminded me more of rye whiskey than brandy, very herbal in taste. Not what I am looking for in my brandy, but it may be someone else’s jam.

Score: 78 out of 100

Domaine d’Ognoas XO Astor Select

Maker:0x4c,Date:2018-1-12,Ver:4,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar01,E-Y

Paid: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Domaine d’Ognoas

Region: Bas Armagnac, France

40% ABV

Grapes: A blend of Ugni blanc, Baco 22A, Folle blanche, and Le colombard

Aged For: XO age stated

Cask Type: French oak

Store Select: Astor Wines & Spirits


Color: Dark amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Candied grapes, sugar, raisins, dates, figs, PX sherry, caramel, and leather

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Caramel, brown sugar, sherry, raisins, pastry crust, vanilla, walnuts

Finish: Light warmth and long finish, vanilla, maple, and butter flavors

Thoughts: Very fruity and sweet, with more of a mouthfeel and lasting finish than the 80 proof would suggest, highly recommended, especially for the price.

Score: 85 out of 100

Chateau de Ravignan 29-Year 1988

Maker:0x4c,Date:2018-1-12,Ver:4,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar01,E-Y

Paid: $100 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Chateau de Ravignan

Region: Bas Armagnac, France

41.5% ABV

Grapes: Undisclosed

Aged For: 29 years (Distilled 1988)

Cask Type: French oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Deep brown

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Rich custard, old oak, caramelized grapes, vanilla, molasses, brown sugar

Mouthfeel: Medium body, midway between wet and dry

Palate/Taste: Blackberry jam, oak, pipe tobacco, caramel, vanilla, leather, molasses

Finish: Medium warmth and lasting, leather, heavy oak, toffee, chocolate, and blueberry with a hint of cherry

Thoughts: The oak has had a lot of influence on this one, a nice deep dark flavor profile

Score: 87 out of 100

 

Baron de Lustrac 1973

Baron de Lustrac 1973

Distilled/Owned by: Domaine de Courros

Region: Bas Armagnac, France

42% ABV

Grapes: 100% Folle Blanche

Aged For: Unsure exactly

Cask Type: French Oak

 


 

Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Old oak, caramel, port wine, vanilla, cinnamon, sugar peach pits

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, dry

Palate/Taste: Oak and spices with sour grapes, and a coffee like note, blackberries

Finish: Little warmth with a bit of pepper, oak, maraschino cherries, mint, and chocolate

Thoughts: The nose was very promising, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the palate, and the finish while good flavored was to light and short.

Score: 78 out of 100

Martell Blue Swift

Martell Blue Swift

Paid: $36 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Martell

Region: Cognac, France

40% ABV

Grapes: Blend from Grande and Petite Champagne, Borderies, and Fins Bois regions.

Aged For: Around 5 to 8 years

Cask Type: French Trocais oak, finished in Ex-bourbon casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Additives used: Yes

 


 

Color: Reddish Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Ginger, mint, grapes, vanilla, cherry, sour and a bit tart

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, menthol, sour grapes, plum, citrus, ginger, oak

Finish: Short and light warmth, oak tannins and vanilla, with a bit of coconut and dry wine

Thoughts: So this is the first “Cognac” (technically it can’t be called that due to the bourbon barrels) and after loving Armagnac, and the difference is profound. Much, much lighter in body.

Score: 74 out of 100

 

Authors Note: I tried another glass of this recently after the bottle had been open awhile, and it seems a little bit of oxidation has helped it, bringing out more fruit flavors and tamping down the menthol and sour notes. It may be worth visiting again.

Château du Tariquet 15-Year

Château du Tariquet 15-Year

Price: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Chateau du Tariquet

Region: Bas Armagnac, France

49.7% ABV

Grapes: 100% Folle Blanche

Aged For: 15 Years

Cask Type: French oak

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Grapes, caramel, pipe tobacco, vanilla, ginger, oak, floral

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Thick fruit and vanilla, with a hint of baking spice and apples

Finish: Short, light warmth, sour grapes, and white wine with milk chocolate and oak.

Thoughts: Not a bad expression by any means, and priced well as an introduction to Armagnacs, but not quiet up to par with the vintage expressions.

Score: 79 out of 100