Pierre Ferrand 1840

Pierre Ferrand 1840

Price: $45 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Pierre Ferrand

Region: Cognac, France

45% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: French Oak

Chill Filtered: Likely

Color Added: Likely


Color: Off Gold

Drank: Neat, in a glenciarn

Nose: Bright sour grape, floral, pear, peach, light sugar, apricot

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body

Palate/Taste: White grapes, peach, pear, sour orchard fruits

Finish: Light and short, with similar notes from the nose and palate returning very quickly

Thoughts: While to body is helped by the added ABV, this is clearly designed with mixing in mind as the sour notes would need to be masked in order for this to be enjoyed consistently neat.

Score: 70 out of 100

 

Francis Darroze Domaine de Lamarquette 1985

Domaine de lamaequette 1985

Price: $120 for 750 ml

Distilled/Owned by: Domaine de Lamarquette

Region: Bas-Armagnac, France

48.7% ABV


Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Plum, cherry, old oak, saw dust, caramel, coffee, and a pinch of salt

Mouthfeel: Medium body. drying

Palate/Taste: Sherried scotch, raisins, citrus, pepper, oak, and cherry

Finish: Warm, medium length, slightly drying, tannins, leather, ginger, oak.

Thoughts: This one reminded me a lot of an old sherried scotch, a nice combination of fruit and tannins.

Score: 82 out of 100

Park Cognac 28 Year Old “Lot 28” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #401

Park Cognac 28

Price: $109 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Park Cognac

Region: Grand Champagne Cognac, France

44.5% ABV

Aged For: 28 Years

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Reddish amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Honeysuckle, gentle grapes, melon, sugar, floral, and oak

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Gentle fruits, melon, honey flowers, Cantaloupe

Finish: Light to medium warmth, medium length, melon, oak, spice, citrus, and floral notes

Thoughts: I picked up tons of melon and flowers, and thought that with this much age it would have picked up heavier deeper flavors from the wood. Too light for my palate.

Score: 75 out of 100

 

L’Encantada XO

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Paid: $99 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Blend of Louis Pibous cask #61 1989 & Cask #87 1987, 1994 Domaine Del Cassou Cask #55, and 1997 Domaine Bellair Cask #181 / L’Encantada

Region: France

46.8% ABV

Aged For: Minimum 20 Years

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Burnt umber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Plums, port wine, raisins, dried fruit, clove, pipe tobacco, oak

Mouthfeel: Full bodied

Palate/Taste: Oak, cinnamon, dark chocolate, pepper, coffee, citrus, and roses

Finish: Medium warmth and length, sherry, oak, caramel, ginger, prunes, toasted almonds, and dark fruit.

Thoughts: A delicious brandy for a good price, I love the flavors and depth.

Score: 87 out of 100

 

Dartigalongue 30-Year 1987 Celebration Collection

Dartigalongue 30-Year 1987 Celebration Collection

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Dartigalongue

Region: Bas Armagnac, France

43% ABV

Aged For: 30 Years, Distilled 1987


Color: Reddish tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Oak and waxed leather, burnt citrus, green coffee, brightens and gains a balsamic note over time

Mouthfeel: Supple

Palate/Taste: Deep, old oak and pepper, slightly tart, old tawny port, rancio, and dark chocolate

Finish: Medium warmth and lasting, dried fruits, ginger, orange peel, chocolate, fireplace wood, and nuts

Thoughts: Complex and deep with a good mouthfeel, but not something mind blowing.

Score: 85 out of 100

Chateau de Pellehaut 1973 Vintage 44 Year Armagnac

Pellehaut 73

Price: $160 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Chateau de Pellehaut

Region: Tenareze Armagnac, France

43.8% ABV

Grapes: Folle Blanche

Aged For: 44 Years, Distilled 1973

Cask Type: Oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Thick caramel, vanilla, bourbon, earth, cream, and tannins

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly dry

Palate/Taste: Tannins, slight bitter grape, tobacco, cinnamon, clove and old bourbon

Finish: Light to medium warmth and medium length, oak, rancio, plum, blackberry, caramel, and tannins

Thoughts: Good brandy, but I think this one had a bit too much oak, as it tastes very whisky like.

Score: 82 out of 100

 

Remy Martin VSOP

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Price: $35 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Remy Martin

Region: France

40% ABV

Aged For: NAS, 4-12 years

Cask Type: Oak casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added:Yes


Color: Amber

Drank:

Nose: Wood pulp, white grapes, citrus, grass, floral

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Light grape, oak, dried citrus, raisin, and floral notes

Finish: Short, and light warmth, light grape and floral notes with artificial sweetner

Thoughts: Not a fan, too light, sweet, and artificial.

Score: 68 out of 100