Review : L’encantada Domaine Lous Pibous 1995 #135 Hail Yak

Paid: $120 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Lous Pibous / L’Encantada

Region: Bas Armagnac

56.1% ABV

Aged For: 24 Years, distilled 1995

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Deep rich grape and fruit notes, oak, dark chocolate, tobacco, oranges, blackcurrant, old sherry, and leather

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied

Palate/Taste: Oak, dark chocolate, vanilla, port wine, caramel sauce, pepper, spice, cream, and citrus

Finish: Medium warmth and long lasting, dry finish with heavy tannin and oak influence. Chocolate, coffee, tobacco, pepper, and cherry.

Thoughts: A combination of rich creamy desert flavors and heavy oak tannin influence make this a whisky drinker’s kind of brandy.

Score: 87 out of 100

Review: Domaine de Baraillon 33-Year 1984

Paid: $140 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Domaine de Baraillon

Region: Bas Armagnac

46% ABV

Aged For: 33 Years, distilled 1984 bottled 2017

Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Grape jam, fresh, citrus, port soaked oak, dried fruits, vanilla, blackberry

Mouthfeel: Medium to full, spicy, tart

Palate/Taste: Sherry wine, oak, citrus, leather, vanilla, and a touch of ginger

Finish: Warm and medium length, apricot jelly, pastry, musty grape, wood shavings, tobacco, and leather

Thoughts: This sits at a nice midpoint between oak heavy yaks, and still displaying fruit. Gets sweeter overtime and does benefit from adding a drop of water.

Score: 84 out of 100

Review: J. Goudoulin 18-Year 2000 SMWS A3.2 “Fruity pipe tobacco”

Paid: $130 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: J. Goudoulin / SMWS

Region: Bas Armganac

46.7% ABV

Aged For: 18 Years, distilled 2000

Cask Type: Gascon Black Oak

Grapes: Baco & Ungi Blanc

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Chestnut

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Dried fruit, raisins, fig, alcohol solvent, aromatic pipe tobacco, apricot glaze, oak

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Honey, apples, oak, cinnamon, citrus, calvados, aromatic pipe tobacco

Finish: Light to medium warmth, in-between short and medium length, apple, cinnamon, pine resin, oak, vanilla, honey, and caramel

Thoughts: At times this was more calvados like than Armagnac, nothing mind blowing, easy to sip, but a bit weak and the nose is a bit rough at times.

Score: 77 out of 100

Review: L’Encantada Domaine Del Cassou 1998 #44 “Hail Yak”

Paid: $95 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: “Domaine Del Cassou” / L’Encantada

Region: Bas Armagnac

49.2% ABV

Aged For: 20 Years. Distilled 1998

Cask Type: French Oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sweet grapes, cinnamon, clove, maple syrup, flowers, sort of delicate and rich at the same time, an interesting balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Oranges, more clove, maple, tobacco, oak, honey, baked rye, dark berries, dried fruit, and touch of pepper

Finish: Medium warmth with a medium to long finish, oak, baking spice, leather, tobacco, and chocolate with grape and citrus.

Thoughts: Huge props to the aficionados who picked this cask, it’s banging. Fruity, rich, spicy, floral, and sweet it hits everything without being disjointed.

Score: 90 out of 100

Review: L’Encantada Le Freche #49 1990

Paid: $90 for 500ml

Distilled/Owned by: “Le Freche” / L’encantada

Region: Bas Armagnac

52.4% ABV

Aged For: 28 Years, Distilled 1990

Cask Type: French Oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Grapes, hazelnut, orange rind, tobacco, oloroso sherry, dates, and port soaked oak

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body

Palate/Taste: Coffee, grape, dark chocolate, clove, pepper, oak, blackberry, and spice

Finish: Long and lasting warmth, dry on the palate, oak, pepper, tobacco, cinnamon, toffee, and citrus

Thoughts: I love trying things distilled during my birth year. This Armagnac has fruit on the nose, followed by a slightly dry oaky body with fruit injected here and there.

Score: 87 out of 100

Review: L’Encantada “Lous Pibous” 14-Year 2003 #183 Lincoln Road

Paid: $150 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: “Lous Pibous” / L’Encantada

Region: Bas Armagnac

56.5% ABV

Aged For: 14-Years

Cask Type: New Oak

Chill Filtered: No

Additives: No

Color: Chestnut

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

Domaine d’Esperance 14 Year 1998

Domaine d’Esperance 98

Paid: $95 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Domaine d’Esperance

Region: Bas Armagnac, France

49% ABV

Aged For: 14 years

Grapes: Baco 22 A

Cask Type: French Gascon Oak, medium toast

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Oak, sweet grapes, cinnamon, butterscotch, baking spices

Mouthfeel: Supple

Palate/Taste: A nice dry sweetness, raisins, toasted oak, coffee, and rye spice

Finish: Medium warmth and length, dry port wine, cloves oak, fig, and chocolate

Thoughts: This is one of the younger Armagnacs I have tried that would appeal to a bourbon drinker, while still being very distinctly a brandy.

Score: 83 out of 100