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The Cognac / Armagnac / Calvados / Brandy Thread

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Huntsman, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. Ambulance Chaser

    Ambulance Chaser Senior member

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    Clear Creek pear brandy is wonderful, if very expensive. I use it with lavender honey syrup to make a great Sidecar.
     
  2. eg1

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    Picked up a bottle of Domaine Dupont Fine Reserve last night. Tastes pretty much like grape-based brandy to me, but the yellowish colour was surprising.
     
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    me too
     
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    that sounds great
     
  5. Huntsman

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    Cool. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I would suggest having the Armagnac first.
     
  6. Gibonius

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    Brandies seem to be poorly represented at most liquor stores. I have to deal with crappy county runs stores here and they have horrible selection, basically rotgut and anything prominently featured in a hiphop video. Anybody know a good place in the DC area that has a good selection?
     
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  7. Ambulance Chaser

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    Schneider's of Capitol Hill (near Union Station) has a great selection and great prices. Paul's (Friendship Heights) is pretty good too. 1 West Dupont Circle has a huge selection but is very pricey.
     
  8. username79

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    Thanks. The 1970 Gaube is really exceptional. It is known as one of the "true expressions of armagnac." It's quite powerful. Think the artisanal brandy version of a 25 yr. old cask strength single malt scotch. You'll enjoy it. Trying to close a deal on four more bottles of Darroze I found recently (including a Gaube 1959). The oldest bottle I had was a 1893 Domaine de Cavaillon that I bought at auction and subsequently traded. Didn't get to taste it! :embar:

    The Tesseron is pretty good. I primarily bought it because it's consistently good (not great), the magnum bottle looks great on the counter and because I got a great deal on it (less than a 76.) A lot of people prefer the 76 and people rave about the 29. I actually think the best deal in Cognac is the 90 (you can get it for ~$50) which I use for sauces and then drink. I agree with you that the Tesseron does not stand up to age as well as others -- I was completely underwhelmed by the 29. In any case, the Germain-Robin XO is better than all of them. I sip a little pretty much every night and don't feel guilty about it. Go to CaddellWilliams.com and request their catalog, they have lots of neat stuff.

    Thinking about taking a trip to visit the Armagnac region. Supposedly the Armagnac families are appreciative and quite hospitable if you're really into what they make. Sounds like the trip of a lifetime.
     
  9. itsstillmatt

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    Marc Darroze is a very nice guy. Quite hospitable. No problem finding Gaube in his cellar, either. I don't remember whether the '71 or '72 was the best, but it was clearly the winner in the entire cellar, in his eyes and ours.
     
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    I stumbled upon a store downtown around 18th and I. It's a pretty unassuming place, so I was surprised to see that it had a decent selection of stuff. If I'm remembering correctly, the store had both the '70 and '79 Darroze. The guy running the place was knowledgeable and eager to help. He was raving about the '79.
     
  11. username79

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    S&R Liquors. They have two bottles of Darroze right now, a '70 and '79 Cheateau de Gaube. Nice people and a nice selection of less expensive armagnacs including a few nice Casteredes.
     
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  12. Amanda Garnham

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    If you do come to the Armagnac region, I would be more than happy to help with suggestions of visits to different producers. As you say they are extremely warm and welcoming and so passionate about their eaux-de-vie.
    Every one is different with such diversity that you will go home with bags bulging and for not very much money!
     
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    Do you have the map in a higher resolution, Amanda? Il est difficile de voir les détails. Merci.
     
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    I was looking for some cognac or armagnac today and I found this on clearance. I'm not a brandy expert, but it's quite nice.
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    I picked up a 1/2 bottle of Germaine robin XO, it's pretty good!
     
  16. Huntsman

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    I've been wanting to try their XO.
     
  17. SkinnyGoomba

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    My local place shocks me every now and again. Are you ever in jersey?
     
  18. b1os

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    Thoughts on Lafontan? I can get the 1973 Veuve Lafontan Chateau Pouthet for 50 €. I tend towards not buying it unless someone here has had some of their Armagnacs before though. Information about the product is scarce.
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    Also, bump!
     
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  19. indesertum

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    50 euros for a 40 year old liquor is ridiculous
     
  20. Texasmade

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    Wasn't there another cognac thread somewhere?
     

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