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: 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