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It’s the perfect time of year to come and discover the wonderful, warmth-inducing world of Armagnac! Join us at Back Label to find out for yourself why it’s the connoisseur’s answer to Cognac.

Armagnac is a grape brandy from Gascony in southwestern France. Its closest relative is Cognac, another grape brandy from an appellation located about 100 miles north of Armagnac. Even though it is related to and often confused with Cognac, Armagnac is very different with regards to its grapes, terroir, distillation, élevage, blending, aromas, tastes and textures. In truth, France’s two finest brandies made from wine are not very much alike at all.

The key technical difference between Armagnac and Cognac is that the latter is distilled twice, whereas the former is distilled only once. This means more time in the oak for Armagnac; the extra patience required rewards a brandy with more finesse and roundness.