What is Armagnac

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Sipping on a smooth glass of Armagnac may not be your typical Saturday night, but this delicious liquor should be enjoyed at least once!

What is Armagnac?

Armagnac is a type of brandy made from a blend of four types of grapes that are distilled in column stills, and then aged in oak barrels. It is made in a region of the same name in Gascony, which lies southwest of France. This strong liquor has been produced there for hundreds of years and even predates its more famous cousin, Cognac.

When sipping Armagnac, you’ll notice the varied aromas of apricot, ripe fruit, vanilla, and perhaps even tobacco and clove. It is more flavorful than Cognac and other brandy and inspires passionate dedication in drinkers. If you were to categorize this alcoholic delicacy, it is classified as a brandy, which is the broad term for liquor that has been distilled from wine. Distillation removes ‘impurities’ and results in more concentrated alcohol. This liquor falls between 45-50% alcohol by volume (ABV) or 90-100 proof, roughly equivalent to strong whiskeys and scotches.

A glass of Armagnac

Armagnac is a brandy originating in France. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

How to Drink Armagnac?

This robust alcohol is best enjoyed after a meal. Pour an ounce or two into a tulip glass and allow it to rest for 15 minutes or so to bring out its rich aromas. This makes an excellent complement to a small cheese plate or espresso following a meal.

Armagnac can find a place in our daily diet as an aperitif, or mixed in cocktails, and may even contain medicinal properties when used in moderation.

Adverse Risks Associated with Alcohol Consumption: Moderation is key. The risks involved with drinking excessive alcohol can be short term such as violence and injuries to long-term health risks such as chronic diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who should not drink alcohol include pregnant women, individuals younger than 21 years of age, and people who are recovering from alcoholism or cannot control the amount they drink. Also, it should be avoided by people who are planning to drive or any other activity that required focus.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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