|Content||Schladerer Himbeergeist from Germany, a raspberry eau-de-vie made by macerating fresh berries in neutral spirits.||
||Description Ararat XO aged 20 Years Brandy, A truly superb brandy from Armenian outfit Ararat. Whilst this distillery is little known in Western Europe, it is extremely popular in the eastern reaches of the continent. The distillery has a storied history, having been founded in 1887 by a pair of cousins in an old fort using French equipment they?d happened across. The brandy picked up a Grand Prix award at the 1900 International Exhibition in Paris, and also supplied the Imperial Russian Court for a time. It is said that Stalin gifted Churchill a few bottles of the brandy at the Yalta conference, and he was so impressed that he established a standing order of 400 bottles a year (more than one a day)! The distillery is a symbol of national pride, and indeed, it offers a true taste of Armenian produce. Ararat uses local grape varieties from the Ararat valley, some of which are rare survivors of the phylloxera blight. The main grape strains used are the Garan Dmak, Voskehat and Kangun varieties. The different strains are processed separately, so as to preserve their integrity of flavor. Ararat uses gentle horizontal presses which avoid the seeds getting crushed and influencing the flavors of grape. The brandy is double steam distilled to ensure retention of the grapes? delicate profiles. After distillation, the brandy is matured in exclusively oak casks. Ararat take their casks very seriously, having established their own cooperage in 2002. They use Armenian oak which has been allowed to grow for 70 years prior to harvesting. Only the heart of the trees are used, and this oak possesses a tight grain, releasing tannins slowly. This brandy has been aged for an incredible 20 years, with the final result being a staggeringly complex spirit. Ararat Nairi serves up notes of gentle figs, flowers, dates, raisins and dried cranberry, followed by some slightly prickling spice, plums, bright grapes, vanilla, cedar wood, toasted almond, coconut, dark chocolate, Bourbon-style oak, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. The bottling is named after the Nairi people, who inhabited the Armenian Highlands thousands of years ago. A cracking grape brandy, that matches the quality of the very best XO Cognacs.?|
The chilled fermentation of this Schladerer Williams Birne spares the intense, fruity aromas, which are accompanied by mace, pepper and allspice notes. The first impression is very mild before the wonderfully ripe and juicy pear unfolds on its aroma.
Le Singulier is a stand out Cognac for many reasons, but we'll just try to single out a few. What sets it apart is not only its Fine Champagne origins, premier cru provenance meaning it contains rich and complex eaux-de-vie, but in fact its use of an unusual and rare grape variety, the Folle Blanche.
The choice to use this single grape in Le Singulier's blend means it is marked by a remarkable aromatic intensity that many connoisseurs won't have experienced before (as 98% of Cognacs are produced using the Ugni Blanc grape...) This rare, forgotten and fabulous grape variety was almost entirely wiped out by the phylloxera disaster of 1875, meaning this selection is unique and highly sought amongst Cognac connoisseurs.
Augier Le Singulier Cognac?has been produced using a single distillation method, a natural wine fine lees process that produces a more refined, expressive flavor profile, meaning the extensive array of aromas are individually identifiable, one after the other. This traditional "on the lees" method has been used in Cognac for centuries, handed down through the generations since the estate was founded in 1643, making it one of the oldest existing houses in the region.