On my recent splurge (GTS and Saz 18 y/o) I picked up a bottle of Armagnac (Larressingle VSOP), which I figured would be something I could share with my wife. She was in the store with me, and said she liked it.

She didn't. I was also taken a little by surprise. It has the most delightful nose, and the palate is fairly nice, but the finish is pure alcohol burn. We were sipping it neat, from a port/cordial glass.

Any armagnac drinkers out there? Is this normal? Any advice on how to taste/drink it?

I've had cheap brandy before (Christian Brothers), and it went down smoother than this...