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Armagnac Domaine de Baraillon 2005 Folle Blanche, Swell de Spirits, 500ml

Bottle Details:

Distillery: Domaine de Baraillon, Bas Armagnac

Bottler: Swell de Spirits (SdS)

Bottling serie: Wonders of The World

Vintage: 2005

Bottled: 2021

Strength: 49.9 % Vol.

Casktype: Gasgogne French Oak 

Number of bottles: 100

Volume: 500ml

Armagnac Domaine de Baraillon 2005 Folle Blanche, Swell de Spirits, 500ml

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  • Folle blanche remains the star varietal of armagnac. It used to be too in Cognac but that was before phylloxera vastatrix. Glad to try a younger, and possibly fiercer Baraillon. Colour: amber. Nose: pretty chocolaty and earthy, robust for sure, with some mint liqueur and whiffs of old dunnage warehouse. Rum-and-raisin ice cream, then many mentholated, almost turpentine-y notes, fir honey, then miso and old walnuts. I suppose that sums it up. Mouth: big boy, even more robust but also sweeter and fruitier, more 'stewed', with many chocolates filled with many liqueurs. A lot of chestnut honey, then coffees, bidis and a feeling of thuja wood. It's even got something Moroccan, hard to describe. Tajine with prunes?  Finish: long, on Jaffa cakes, marmalade, and more menthol again in the aftertaste. Some chocolaty oakiness and heavier black tea in the aftertaste, plus liquorice wood. Comments: indeed, robust and even a tad rustic, but this is armagnac. Great for your hipflask. An old, precious, genuine silver hipflask.
    SGP:562 - 87 points.

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