Aging processes of evaporation and blending are similar to the same processes of cognac, armagnac is able to grow old but in most cases more than 40 years. So after such a period, it is poured into glass tanks or bottles, where the aging process stops, and it retains its aroma. If in brandy valued consistency of taste, in Armagnac – on the contrary, democracy and volatility. But together, these drinks are the general rule: strict accounting and control, which is conducted by experts of the National Bureau of interprofessional. Today, brands evaluated and recognized by millions of people Armagnac can buy in 132 countries. But as the diversity among the brands to choose a suitable? First of all, pay attention to the label, she can tell a lot.
If brandy is derived from alcohols of one crop year, you'll see this date on the bottle. If in the process of making mixed alcoholic solutions of different years on the label indicates the year of the youngest component. As the age of Armagnac can be identified by the abbreviation. 'Trois Etoile' – means that this brand about a year. 'IN', 'IUCN' or 'reserve' – a minimum of 4 years of exposure. 'Extra', 'Napoleon', 'Armagnac XO' or 'Vieille Reserve' – at least 5 years of aging in wooden containers. Hors d'Age – the oldest brandy and kept for at least 10 years. On Today, most known brands of brandy manufactures House Chabot (Chabot).
From its vineyards obtained the highest-quality and high-end drinks vsop de Luxe, Napoleon Special Reserve, xo Superior. Also proved to be trademarks of Marquis de Montesquieu. These beverages are aged in oak barrels for 400 liter. 5 and 10 years, after which go on sale. Another old family firm Cles des Ducs keep the best land and is a leader in global exports. But regardless of the brand, almost any Armagnac must be mahogany or bright, golden hue. In each brand you can find their own distinctive flavors and aromas. It may be smack nuts, prunes or complex aromatic composition. Distinguish fruit aromas (plum, apricot, orange, quince), flower (honey, limes, grapes) and wood (burning wood, roasted peanuts and vanilla). There are other scents and flavors. But to put into words all the nuances and aromas of Armagnac impossible, try this amazing drink Gascons, and you make your own impression of him.