Review #1723 | Armagnac Review #78
Distiller: Domaine dEsperance
Bottler: Domaine dEsperance
Brand: Domaine dEsperance
ABV: 49% ABV
Age: 17 Years
Nose: Effervescent and complex fruit on the nose: this single cask is loaded with cake batter, wafer cookie, apricot preserve and a touch of cocoa.
Taste: Thick, rich, syrupy mouth feel unveils a whole lot of fruit and dessert. Sweet cream yields to apricot, blackberry, some fig. Hint of ethanol, but the complexity warrants it. Cake batter returns in a unique showing, but it is joined by more typical brandy notes such as tobacco, some cracked pepper, opulent desserts and caramels. Impressively complex, coats the palate really well.
Finish: Medium length finish that transfers gracefully from the palate. Amaretto, a crackling of pepper once more, a bit of blackberry and strawberry jam. Lingers for some time.
Overall: My first writing of Esperance has me looking for more. This particular single cask shines in its complexity. A combination of cake batter, fruit preserves and cocoa makes for a delectable profile with excellent oak integration. I’d be curious to see this cask in another 5 years, but have no need as this is drinking incredibly well even now.
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