Review: Darroze 12 Y.O. Les Grands Assemblages Bas Armagnac / by Jason Hambrey

12 years
Distilled from Wine from Colombard, Folle Blanche, and Ugni Blanc
Distiller Darroze (Bas-Armagnac, France)

A blend of Armagnacs, of which 12 years is the youngest in the mix. From the terrific producer Darroze, who notably bottle most of their products above 40%.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2015

Rich, oaky, and spicy. Raisin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and loads of clove, alongside vanilla and a bit of eucalyptus. Quite classic stuff that I very much enjoy. A bit peppery and vegetal too. The palate has loads of spices, with some rising, rich, and dry spice and impressive flashes of rancio. The finish is slightly sour with lots of dried nuts and dried mango, and vanilla. Developing, and at a terrific strength (43%) that really performs wonders.

Assessment: Highly Recommended. I quite like this stuff.

Value: Average. Not a bad price for something this good.