Chateau de Pellehaut 1989 28yo...

Chateau de Pellehaut 1989 28yo (49.9%): Armagnac Saturday... And another pick from the continuously growing sample yard. But this time it's not random. Lately I am interested to learn more about Armagnac-Ténarèze and that's why I wanted to taste another one. It is distilled 100% from Ugni Blanc grapes and aged in French oak casks.

Color: Dark amber, chestnut honey with nice and oily legs.

Nose: Everything you would hope and expect from an old Armagnac: Toasted wood, mildew, burnt caramel and honey. Concentrated vanilla extract, spiked hot chocolate and vintage leather jackets... Candied orange peel and tons of cinnamon. Loving it...

Palate: Hmmm, sweet and viscous... Reminds me being in a Christmas market on a dry cold day..! Gluhwine, cinnamon sticks, dark Muscovado sugar and toffee. Maple syrup on ice, pecan brittles, cooked prunes  and cloves. Chai latte...

Finish: Forever... Pleasantly warming with more caramel. Cappuccino with a healthy dose of cinnamon and nutmeg dusting. Fades out like a chewy and sweet Pedro Ximénez sherry.

Overall: I loved it... It is unusual for me to cheer about a spirits as sweet as this one but it is simply delicious... Its sweetness comes in many different layers: honey, maple syrup, caramel and nutmeg. It is also so well balanced with toasted oak and other spices you just want to keep pouring. Yes, I wish it was a little colder to enjoy it more but I am so bummed right now that I don't have a whole bottle of this. Fantastic bottling, grab one if you see one... Thanks to Derek Kendzor for the sample.

Price: $100