A lovely vintage Armagnac, bottled in 2013 at an age of 18! Produced by Chateau du Tariquet, one of the largest estates in Armagnac, with close to 25% of all vineyards in the region belonging to the propriety Grassa family. Despite this size, the distillery has retained traditional methods, continuing to use a direct-wood-fired alembic. Unlike many other producers, Tariquet does not buy in any grapes or wine for their spirit, preferring to use produce grown on their own land for maximum control of flavour. This particular bottling is beautifully rich, having been aged for 18 years in French oak casks. The nose brings zesty citrus notes, with undertones of burnt toast and roasted nuts. The palate is dark and fruity, chewy toffee and black tea stand out. The finish is lingering and strong, with a good spice and caramel sweetness. Bottled at the slightly higher strength of 45.8% ABV, this gives the flavours a real boost.