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Ararat Nairi 20 Year Old Brandy (500ml)
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- ABV 41.5%
We love to share our new discoveries with our customers, but it's always a delight when the offer is reciprocated. Even more so when it's something unusual. We recently had the opportunity to taste a twenty year old 'cognac' from Armenia, an experience we're unlikely to repeat in our lifetime. Our friend informed us he would not be buying it again from his cousin back in the 'old country', as the price had gone up considerably and he was getting too old to lug it back to Australia. This brandy would retail for around AU$200.
Tasting note: Copper colour with pale gold hue. The nose is quite elegant and at first reminiscent of a good Cognac, yielding aromas of dried fruits, spice and vanillan oak. Very warming palate entry, with a full, ripe body. Gently prickling spirit, with spicy plum pudding / raisin flavours, taking an unexpected turn from the nose. Excellent balance. Persistent aftertaste of dried fruits and vanilla oak. This could easily be mistaken for XO Australian brandy. Different, certainly, but a spirit that would make for an exotic alternative to aged Cognac. 41.5% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews... Deep amber copper color. Elegant, well integrated aromas of wood spice, butter roasted nuts, and dried autumn and berry fruits follow through on a supple, slightly tannic entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with pencil shavings, almond butter, and pepper notes. Finishes with a lingering dry, lingering mineral, cedar, and spice fade. Great use of oak with a pure, resonant and fruity brandy core that is reminiscent of fine Spanish brandy.
International Review of Spirits Award: Gold Medal
Rating: 90 points (Exceptional) - www.tastings.comsize>