Although Armagnac may be overshadowed by its more renowned sibling Cognac, it has many reasons to be just as popular and appreciated. These French brandies are admired for the traditions and history they hold as France’s oldest spirits.
Armagnac is a result of distilling wine in a column still or Alembic, and ageing in oak barrels. The spirit is then blended or left as a vintage. It is one of the most officiated spirits in the world. Producers must use European oak for ageing, they can use only 10 white wine grape varieties, and not surprisingly Armagnac must be produced in the Armagnac region, located in the South West of France. It also takes the meaning 'craft' to a new level, with small-scale production, the use of traditional equipment (dating back to over 100 years) and sheer passion.
Armagnac can typically be left with fuller, more complex flavours. This comes down to the number of times it’s distilled - Armagnac goes through one round of distillation. Different producers vary in characteristics however, Tariquet Armagnac tends to be smooth and round whereas Delord is more powerful and rustic. This unique brandy should be enjoyed widely.