5 STAR SPIRIT JOURNAL - HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION - Splendid aromas in the opening whiffs, from cinnamon to nutmeg to baked pear to dried fruits to candied almond to toffee; secondary inhalations offer succulent, bittersweet fragrances of dried flowers, brown butter, bacon fat, sautéed mushrooms, dark caramel - this bouquet just keeps unfolding. Entry captures all the magic of the bouquet and adds a silky texture to the equation ... Finishes long, satiny, spicy, zesty, mature. A BRANDY AT ITS PEAK.
Here's a 25 year old Armagnac from a legendary house for less than $80. It is cask strength or "Brut de Fût" as the French call it. After 25 years that means it's only 42.4%, but the concentration is evident. This is an elegant and approachable style from the big name in Magnan, but remains complex and authentic.