Dartigalongue 1966 Bas Armagnac

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I bought a bottle of Dartigalongue 1966 Bas Armagnac at Beverages and More over a year ago and finally popped the cork last Friday evening. I am not a heavy drinker; usually a bottle of such fine spirits will last several weeks. Here it is a mere five evenings later and I am enjoying the last shot and looking at the empty bottle. This stuff is as velvety smooth with a wonderful bouquet of fruit. I liked this so much that I went out yesterday and bought a bottle of the 1967. At close to two Benjamen's after sales tax this is not for every day but it is something that can be enjoyed over the holiday season.

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FYI: Bev'Mo had twenty, thirty and fifty year bottles in stock before Christmas.

For those who don't already know; Armagnac is very similar to Cognac except it is usually distilled once which preserves more of the fruit. I am pretty sure that like Cognac; it is distilled using an alembic still (A still with a water jacket) which prevents the high levels of heat possible in direct heating. This prevents the delicate flavors from being consumed by the heat.
 
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Hollow Point said:
I have the X.O.

Decent brandy.
I recently bought a bottle of this for my brother and was very surprised at how smooth it was. I actually liked it more than an expensive bottle of 1975 Pierre Ferrand "Memories" cognac. Enough that I bought a bottle for myself along with a bottle of Marie Duffau ten year.

I've noticed a trend in Cognac over the past years towards a lighter body accompanied with a harsher finish. The Armagnac I have tried in the same time frame has possessed more body, more flavor and a smoother velvety finish. No point in wasting more money on Cognac.