A cracking little bottling from the biggest Armagnac producer in Franch.
This spirit was produced with 100% Folle Blanche grapes. Folle Blanche are notoriously difficult to grow, yet produce a wonderfully oily, spicy and complex spirit – the perfect grape for Armagnac.
This is a blend of different eau-de-vie, the youngest of which has been aged in French oak barrels for a minimum of 3 years, giving this spirit a rather wonderful depth and complexity.
Drinkers can expect plentiful notes of chocolate, cinnamon, pressed flowers, currants, prunes, sultanas and vanilla, alongside a little rum-like estery sweetness and dense oak flavours. This spirit is bottled at 45% ABV, giving a little extra warmth and power, and without any artificial colouration.
In a market in which many Armagnac producers attempt to appeal to old-world sensibilities, Chateau du Tariquet have presented this spirit in a refreshingly contemporary design.
A very nice Armagnac for the price, I could really taste the grape in a mixer.