By: Andrew Whiteley
K&L Staff Member
There are not many places on earth where you can find a 21 year old spirit that will retail for $75. For it to be of this top shelf quality is an absolute coup. This brandy is really the tale of two sensory experiences. The nose and palate don't match in the way most spirits do, but they're both terrific and the complement each other wonderfully. The darkest of our 3 exclusive Jouanda offerings, this absolutely shows the most oxidative rancio notes in the lineup. The nose is dense and brooding. It doesn't lack for something pretty, but the standout characteristics are on the savory, nutty, dried fruit side of things and tending towards leather and varnish. The palate is a different story all together. It's much lighter in body than expected but still coats the tongue. It's like a perfectly broken in pair of boots, soft, supple, comfortable, and it makes you happy every time you put 'em on. There is a bit of floral sweetness on the palate, like jasmine after a rain, but more of a maple syrup sweetness that belies the aromatic profile. the finish brings everything together in one perfect flourish. The quality of the oak is readily apparent as the structure lingers without any astringent aftertaste. Dried fruit and nuts mesh together harmoniously with the sweet florals, maple, and savory elements. Everything fades away at the same pace, slowly, but evenly. A top Armagnac from a top estate.