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As consumers become more educated about their alcohol choice they lean towards higher quality drinks.  As an incredibly complex drink, with a lot of controversy surrounding its popularity, variations, and market share, armagnac is getting into the spirit of the musketeers.

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Armagnac is a grape-based spirit with a 700 year old history and is produced in the region it’s named after – Armagnac, in Gascony, Southwest France.

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They have much in common: they are both French premium spirits produced in South West France, they are both white wine grape brandies with their own Appellation Contrôlée, they are both aged in oak in well-charred barrels, they can both be aged for considerable periods, they are both normally reduced in strength before bottling, and they share many of the same quality descriptors.

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Many who enjoy Armagnac also love Whisky – or Whiskey – and Bourbon.  And yes, many people are aware that Armagnac is made from grapes, and Whisky from grain.  But the story certainly doesn’t end with the grape versus grain saga. Before we talk about the differences between Armagnac and Whisky, let's mention a couple of similarities.  Both are fermented and convert sugar to ethanol.  And they’re both aged in wooden barrels: In general, the longer they age, the smoother the taste becomes.The spirits pick up quite a lot from these wooden barrels – and this includes both color and...

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