Maker: Maison Dartigalongue, Nogaro, Gers, France.
Region: Bas Armagnac, Gers, France
Age: 23 y/o (distilled 1996)
Price: $85 (Seelbach’s)
Appearance: Dark copper.
Nose: Strong. Old French oak, star anise, grape soda, chipotle chili.
Palate: Full bodied and semi-dry. Blackberry jam, jalapeno jelly.
Finish: Licorice, burn.
Parting words: I don’t usually pay over $100 for spirits, but I did for this bottle. It was highly recommended by pals from the Serious Brandy Facebook group. I can say that, unlike recent rye and bourbon purchases in that range, I have never once suffered from buyers remorse brought on by this bottle. It’s complex and mature but not overoaked at all. It’s also even cheaper now than it was when I bought a bottle. I just might buy another one, even at $85. I can’t say more about this brandy because I’ve said it all and it’s getting late. Dartigalongue 1996, Seelbach’s selection is highly recommended.