What’s the difference between Armagnac and Cognac?
Distilling method: Armagnac is usually distilled only once using a column still or an alembic still, while Cognac is required to be distilled twice in a pot still. Grapes: only Ugni Blanc grapes are used for Cognac, while Armagnac producers experiment more with grape types.
How to pronounce Armagnac?
How does Armagnac taste?
Armagnac is considered to be complex and robust. It's higher in alcohol than Cognac and it's typically between 46 to 48% ABV.
To delve even deeper with Cognac and Armagnac, they live about 180 miles apart, so they're practically neighbours. Cognac is mostly made from one sort of grape, while Armagnac loves variety. The most interesting difference is their PR: Armagnac is one of the oldest Spirits on the planet and it was rarely exported. Cognac, on the other hand, was the export blockbuster with good marketing. It even had Napoleon III as its poster boy, who made sure Cognac was sold in every medieval supermarket.
If we’re calling dibs on who gets first-born privileges, Armagnac edges out Cognac. The Spirit is the oldest type of Brandy in France, with documented distillation dating back to the early 15th century.
The best way to enjoy a Calvados or Cognac is in a balloon-shaped snifter. Armagnac? Try a Champagne flute or a tulip-style glass instead.
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