Review: Ararat Armenia Collection Reserve 10 Year

Paid: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Ararat / Pernod Ricard

Region: Armenia

45% ABV

Aged For: 10 Years

Cask Type: Armenian oak

Grapes: Unspecified, Armenian grown

Color: Old oak

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Rich musty grape, thick oak, baking spices, pipe tobacco, oranges, raisins, dried fruits, chocolate

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly sticky

Palate/Taste: PX sherry, blackberry jam, orange marmalade, honey, vanilla, oak, cinnamon, a real fruit bomb

Finish: Light warmth, medium length, still very fruit forward with a touches of chocolate, vanilla, and baking spices.

Thoughts: If you like your brandy almost like fruit juice or are a fan or Port or PX sherry this stuff is going to be right up your alley.

Score: 88 out of 100

Ararat 10 Akhtamar

Ararat 10

Price: $25 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Yerevan Brandy Company

Region: Armenia

40% ABV

Aged For: 10 Years

Cask Type: Caucasian oak

Chill Filtered: Undisclosed

Color Added: Undisclosed

Color: Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Deep grape, raisin, plum, fig, oak, port, and berries

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Sweet PX sherry, grapes, honey, oranges, and caramel

Finish: Warm, medium length, bits of spice and oak, with cinnamon, plum, raisins, and grape

Thoughts: A very fruity brandy that is a solid winner in its price bracket.

Score: 85 out of 100