By: David Othenin-Girard
K&L Staff Member
The 1981 vintage is the oldest stocks that the Singh family was willing to part with when we visited. This eau-de-vie is likely some of the darkest richest spirit we've ever come across in all of Gascogne. It's intense color is the result of what some of the more modern producers would term,"a lack of work," meaning that they eau-de-vie haven't been aerated and topped up consistently enough. What those producers don't realize is that the esters they're trying to soften through aeration represent the exact flavors, we WANT in our old armagnac. Sure if the brandy is 5 or 10 years old it will taste harsh and over the top rugged, but give it 20 or 30 years and we're starting to develop the kind of complex flavors that are so hard to find in the spirits world. This wonderful brandy starts with a big fresh tobacco note, plum jam, and dried spices. As it aerates you'll find the tobacco moving further toward the fresh tanned hide and deep exotic wood tones. ON the palate its soft and warming with rancio fruit and sweet spice oak taking over. I'm always amazed when we find a new producer that's never made a blip on my radar before and even more amazed when the prices are this good.