Monday, February 2, 2015
$15 Armagnac: Prince D'Arignac VS
Armagnac is one of my favorite spirits, and while it's a good deal compared to whiskey, there's not much available on the low end. For that reason, I was intrigued to see Trader Joe's carrying an Armagnac for $14.99. This appears to be an independently bottled brandy and the VS indicates that it is between two and four years old.
How good is a $15 Armagnac? Let's find out.
Prince D'Arignac Armagnac VS, 40% abv ($14.99)
The nose is new makey, like it really smells fresh off the still with all of those tequila like new make notes. The palate follows suit. It's got some spice but the overall flavor is raw new make...more akin to a two month old than a two year old brandy. There's really nothing that distinguishes it as Armagnac until the finish which has a light spiciness and some fruit in the background, but even that is dominated by new make notes. I feel bad for anyone who picks this up hoping it will give them a sense of what Armagnac is like, and given that it's at Trader Joe''s, I'm guessing that will be a lot of people.
Well, now I know what a $15 Armagnac tastes like, and I don't plan on tasting it again.