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

Domaine d’Esperance Cobrafire Eau De Vie De Raisin

Cobrafire 1

Cobrafire 2

Distilled/Owned by: Domaine d’Esperance

Region: Bas Armagnac, France

51.3% ABV

Aged For: Minimum 3 Months

Cask Type: Steel

Grapes: 50% Folle Blanche, 50% Baco

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Clear

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: New make spirit, white grapes, creamy vanilla, aloe vera, and mint

Mouthfeel: Oily

Palate/Taste: Creamy on the palate, vanilla, grape-seed oil, eucalyptus, and cactus

Finish: Medium warmth, long lasting, Lingering mint, fresh cut sugar cane, raspberry preserves, and perhaps even agave?

Thoughts: Despite being new make at still strength, this has no harshness to it. Its creamy and really coats the mouth. Crisp and fresh types of herbs and a nice fruity vanilla background. As a neat sipping spirit, it doesn’t compare with aged brandies, but where it will shine is as a mixer or dare I even say shooter.

Score: 74 out of 100