Review: Damblat 10 Year Old Armagnac Napolean / by Jason Hambrey

~7-8 years
Distilled from Wine from Colombard, Folle Blanche, and Ugni blanc
Distiller De Montal (Bas-Armagnac, France)

The Damblat and Havion family have been making Armagnac at the Chateau in Ayguetinte Village since 1859. The Chateau where the brandy ages was first built by the Templers in the 13th century, and is surrounded by vineyards. The company Damblat blends brandies from the regions of Bas Armagnac and Tenareze to produce their products.

This is one that seems to come somewhat regularly to the LCBO, so it's one of the few us Ontarians get a look at..

Review (2017)

  • Batch: Cask 5-09

  • Bottling Code: 305/5310

  • Bottling Date: ~2016

This one is a bit funky. Oaky, with lots of date, fig, stewed prune, tabasco, anise, and lots and lots of spices – ginger, black pepper, candied papaya, green peppercorn, star anise, fresh spinach. The palate continues with more candied papaya, anise candies, cumin, lemon peel, dates, and light rancio. It is very interesting, but I’m not sure if I love it. Different than my limited interation with Armagnac, and in the funky/earthy camp for me which means it may have a tendency to divide opinion. Tannic finish with rancio.

Assessment: Recommended. There are some really nice spice notes in here.

Value: Average. A decent spirit for the price.