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LCWoody
21 hours ago, smokinjoe said:

Now, you done it.  Here’s what happened to the last guy who used wee dram and George T Stagg in the same sentence...    

 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YG7G6hk-wxk

 

 

 

A little dab behind the ears will do ya.....

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(whiskeyblender) Nancy, thank you so much for your time, and input on SB.com. 

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EarthQuake
21 hours ago, smokinjoe said:

Now, you done it.  Here’s what happened to the last guy who used wee dram and George T Stagg in the same sentence...    

 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YG7G6hk-wxk

 

 

 

My favorite part about this video is that it is in French, perfect for the Armagnac thread!

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smokinjoe
18 minutes ago, EarthQuake said:

My favorite part about this video is that it is in French, perfect for the Armagnac thread!

Oui!

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I'm having some friends over for an Armagnac tasting in a couple days, so I had a sample of all the bottles I currently have open and settled on these 5. I think I'll start with the Delord as that seems to be the most accessable, and then move from youngest to oldest (arranged as pictured here).

 

One thing that really stood out to me was the tropical notes in the Pellehaut, like pineapple, which I don't recall every getting in any other Armagnacs.

 

The two Darroze bottlings are interesting, not from the same distillery but both are Baco at 20 and 30 years respectively. I think the Barigos may be my favorite of the lot.

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On 2/12/2019 at 8:23 PM, EarthQuake said:

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I'm having some friends over for an Armagnac tasting in a couple days, so I had a sample of all the bottles I currently have open and settled on these 5. I think I'll start with the Delord as that seems to be the most accessable, and then move from youngest to oldest (arranged as pictured here). 

 

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One thing that really stood out to me was the tropical notes in the Pellehaut, like pineapple, which I don't recall every getting in any other Armagnacs.

 

The two Darroze bottlings are interesting, not from the same distillery but both are Baco at 20 and 30 years respectively. I think the Barigos may be my favorite of the lot.

Holy smokes @EarthQuake, that's a world-class Armagnac line-up! I'm a huge fan of just about all of the Darroze Domaine de Rieston bottlings. Some are admittedly better than others, of course, but I can say that I've never had anything remotely bad from that domaine. The Domaine de Boingneres is fantastic too. If you can ever get one of her Armagnacs that is pure folle blanche, it will be a treat. Can't go wrong with the Delord vintage and the Pellehaut vintage too. Please let me know how this tasting goes. I can't wait to hear what they think!

 

Cheers,

Nancy

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EarthQuake
6 hours ago, WhiskeyBlender said:

 

Holy smokes @EarthQuake, that's a world-class Armagnac line-up! I'm a huge fan of just about all of the Darroze Domaine de Rieston bottlings. Some are admittedly better than others, of course, but I can say that I've never had anything remotely bad from that domaine. The Domaine de Boingneres is fantastic too. If you can ever get one of her Armagnacs that is pure folle blanche, it will be a treat. Can't go wrong with the Delord vintage and the Pellehaut vintage too. Please let me know how this tasting goes. I can't wait to hear what they think!

 

Cheers,

Nancy

Hey Nancy, I'm glad the lineup had your seal of approval. In typical Nancy fashion you nailed the crowd favorite - the Rieston. We went through at least half the bottle of this, and after everyone had a chance to try all 5 this was the one people were reaching for. It's probably my favorite of the the lot too, though I quite like this Barigos 1988 too. Amusingly, I didn't intend to buy the Rieston, I ordered another bottle that I had really liked (1985 Darroze La Marquette which was amazing but now I can't find it anywhere!) but they were out of stock so I randomly picked the Reiston instead. I'll have to order another bottle or two before they run out.

 

Overall it went really well and everyone seemed to enjoy them. This was a group of my wife's work friends who are whiskey drinkers but didn't know much about Armagnac, so I've taken it upon myself to spread the good word.

 

When I was in France I think (though I am not sure) that I had the Boingneres Folle Blanche 1985, which was exceptional. I had it at a nice little restaurant near Versailles. I remember they had two Boingneres bottles and one was the Folle Blanche, but I can't recall with any certainty which one I tried. Anyway, that was what motivated me to try the Cepages Nobles.

 

Also, in typical midwestern style, everyone was too polite to finish a single bottle. Even the Delord that started pretty low.

 

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