By: William Beare
K&L Staff Member
Hail to the chief! Tasting through the L'Encantada line is an exercise in accrued pleasure. Each one seems unbeatable until the next, and the ones that came before never lose their luster. By design, each Encantada Armagnac is a butterfly-- unique, captivating, and beautiful. The 35 year Del Cassou is as smooth as can be, showing no hint of the tannin that can sometimes overwhelm very old brandy (a product of successive cask ageing). The nose is full of flamed muscovado sugar, clove spice, with some light floral notes on the edges. It slides across the tongue in an almost sneaky fashion-- open, inviting, and dangerously easy to drink. A rich enough drinking experience for even the most die hard Cognac fan, but all the supple mellowness Armagnac lovers demand.