Paid: $150 for 750ml
Distilled/Owned by: “Lous Pibous” / L’Encantada
Region: Bas Armagnac
Aged For: 14-Years
Cask Type: New Oak
Chill Filtered: No
Drank: Neat, in a glencairn
Nose: Caramel, herbal spices, oak, incense, jasmine, dates, floral coffee, rye whiskey
Mouthfeel: Hot, medium body
Palate/Taste: A lot of pronounced spice and oak, tannins, caramel, cinnamon, raisins, herbal tea, pepper, wasabi, and spearmint.
Finish: Very warm and long, slightly bitter with lasting oak, pepper, citrus, dry grapes, and leather.
Thoughts: I can see why Pibous gets so much love from bourbon fans, it reminds me more of a rye or bourbon than brandy. However when I want brandy, generally I want something… well more brandy like! I find it hard to put a score on this as it’s a good drink, but if I personally were to rank and stack it as a brandy it would be middle of the road.
Score: 80 out of 100