Shakmat Reviews

SHAKMAT Reviews

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Average rating: 8.4/10 (193 votes)

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Shakmat 23 Year Old
al,
Just awesome. Smooth with hints of dark cherry, vanilla, and almond flows through the gentle warmth of a fine brandy.
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Phillip,
Real smooth
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Jani,
Smooth and easy drinking
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Barbara,
Absolute disappointment. Thin, no depth, no flavour.
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Yervand,
Smooth and rich in flavor!
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Jeffery,
A delicious and well balanced brandy.
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Benjamin,
Prunes. Easy drinking. Not enough strength in the nose. Doesn’t beat out a Hennessy XO for me.
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Phil,
It was vary good but not worth the wait of 3 months to get it!!!!
Shakmat 23 Year Old
tim,
I must admit, that I do not have a ton of experience with brandy, but I found this to be smooth and approachable with nice layers of fruit that linger. A relaxing and satisfying selection.
Shakmat 23 Year Old
mark,
...it's very good. A needed change from the traditional cognac.
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Bob,
Absolutely love this drink... my wife who really is not into the hard liquor (she is a wine nut), went out and bought a special brandy sniffer glass because of this brandy. We enjoy a glass together 1 night a week just to make it last!!
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Duane,
What an amazing drink. This is a top of the line brandy that was phenomenal experienced neat. Beautiful amber color and long thick legs open to a rich nose, full of deep brown sugar, caramel, and hints of vanilla. I could not get enough of the smell of this dram. Light on the tongue with more brown sugar, oak, and a pleasant bite. Finish lingers log enough to leave you wanting more. Make no mistake, this is a top of the line brandy. Every day waiting for this was worth every minute.
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Jeremy,
I enjoyed it a lot and featured it on my podcast Lawyers on the Rocks. I tried it in a rocks glass with a big cube first, and must admit that this drink is much better served in a snifter sans big cube which allows for its flavor to shine through. If you want to hear the rest of our review, tasting notes and some legal humor I copied the link below. https://play.google.com/music/m/Doqeefv52hhacdfrmw5lb6azpbi?t=24_Shakmat_23_year_old_Armenian_Brandy_-_Lawyers_on_the_Rocks_podcast
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Rebecca,
Astonishing. Having only been lukewarm on cognac in the past, I was surprised to have this rocket to the top of my evening tipple preferences. Dried fruit notes in the nose preface a delicious sweetness with hints of vanilla, nut, fig and date. Absolutely loved this bottle.
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Denise,
Loved this one a bunch
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Dale,
The best Brandy I have ever had!!!! Is this available to purchase again 👍👍👍👍👍?
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Jose,
Not bad. I say that because it's a 23 year aged bottle. Other than that the Old Forester was better for the price.
Shakmat 23 Year Old
BARRY,
It was a BIG HIT with my Armenian friends! Big 85th Birthday Party I took it to and we all enjoyed toasting with SHAKMAT!!!
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Grace,
While I haven’t tasted it, the individual I gifted it to said it was absolutely delicious!
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Dr,
Excellent smooth flavorful and does not disappoint!! Definitely a Must try !!
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Armen,
Great brandy! Very unique and strong taste.
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Thomas,
Amazingly Good! I was surprised! The taste, the aroma , the smoothness, I recommend Shakmat to all my friends.
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Dean,
Better then I expected!
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Gary,
Spicey, on the sweeter side, smooth, and hints of almond, vanilla. I think it would be excellent in a Brandy Alexander.
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Ani,
Loved It! The taste, the aroma , even the name of it is amazing. It is the epitome of what Armenian brandy should taste! I myself being 1st generation Armenian American ( my parents are immigrants from Armenia) have to say I take great pride in what Alex Ohanian has created in this majestic drink! He has put Armenia on the map for having world class brandy ! I ordered 2 bottles and plan to order more! Ani
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Roy,
Love it.
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Andre,
I'll keep this short... it's great for the price, and something different compared to other Armenian brandies. I simply find Shakmat to be unique in terms of how it was made.
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Vitaliy,
Excellent brandy
Shakmat 23 Year Old
nairi,
I like it very much however I don’t love it. I find Nairi 20 and Vaspoorakan 18 much smoother. Let me know if you can get those. There is too strong an alcohol taste on the nose and the palate for a 23 year old brandy. However, having said that, it’s still very good and priced appropriately compared to French brandy
Shakmat 23 Year Old
henrik,
Excellent choice. Tastes as good if not better than some of the XO cognacs double the price
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Malcolm,
Disappointed. Had somewhat of a prune taste. I did not pick up any subtle flavors. Short finish. Shared it with friends & no one wanted seconds.
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Warren,
The sweet aroma of grapes pleasantly fills your nostrils whereas you can almost taste it before it hits your pallet. It's dark, crisp color I feel enhances it's flavor and smoothness. The taste...outstanding! I shared with a couple of close friends and put the remainder of this elegant cognac away for me only. I am sure to order another bottle once I've secretly finished this one. I agree with Arthur's recommendation to name it "Shakmat, Velvet Edition.
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Raffi,
Worth every penny. One of the best drinks to sip on after work and with good friends. Its also a party favorite. It was a hit. Perfect 10.
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Lee,
Best kognak I’ve had and I’m Armenian!
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Arthur,
I am going to give Shakmat 9 stars just because it stayed true to it's roots by using all the old school/indigenous ingredients / grapes like garnan demak. For $110 you are getting far better cognac than some of these main stream brands such as: Louis XIII. My recommendation would be to make the next batch a true 23 year old and call it: Shakmat, Velvet Edition (for smoothness) and also reduce the sugar by 25%, it was a bit too sweet to be factual. Hope this helps ya'll.
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Sarkis,
Very amazing stuff!!
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Vivek,
It’s strong and full of flavor.
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Marcin,
Really beautiful on the nose with raisins, caramel and chocolate. After such a good start I expected it to be rich and appealing on the palate. Unfortunately promise didn't materialize. Taste is quite disappointing and dull. Finish disappear too quickly. Hope it's just a bad day. Definitely I will give it another try as I really love the aroma.
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Charles,
Loved it. Don't know much about Brandy, but the taste and aromas are amazing. Will definitely repeat.
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Brian,
Not as smooth as others, but interesting flavors
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Rob,
Tasty
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Pete,
I really wanted to give this a higher rating. After the long wait, then trying this in 3 different sittings, it is just good. Not great, but quite good. The nose is a mix of caramel, toasted walnuts, heavy syrup, and alcohol! Too much alcohol, in fact, for an 80 proof brandy. I can't figure out why a 40% spirit has so much alcohol burn. On the palate I picked up strong and exceedingly pleasant flavors of walnut, dried figs, dates, dark brown sugar, and more alcohol! The finish is short to medium, but the mouth feel while sipping it is velvety and luxurious. I just wish something could be done about the bitterness of the alcohol. It really takes away from what might otherwise be a really pleasant drinking experience.
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Christopher,
This is incredible. Take most of the things I love about an aged, sipping rum, marry it with the few things I like about cognac (haven't yet found one that I like enough to buy, but I recognize characteristics I like), and then top it off with what I love about grappa, and you have Shakmat. I will keep this among my top 5 *must* have staples on my bar (the ones I go to for solace when life is kicking me in the kidneys). Pusser's Nelson's Blood, Casamigos Black, Whistlepig Rye, and Laphroaig Quarter Cask are the select few it will join. (P.S. Shant's review nailed it with the plum and prunes...well done, as I couldn't identify what, exactly, Shakmat was triggering for me!)
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Shant,
As an Armenian, I can say with full confidence that this is the best Brandy (cognac) since Moesha. Initially smooth and finishes with a warm, lingering, and tantalizing kick. Exquisite, prominent plum profile throughout the drinking experience with a pleasant nutty aroma. Damn, didn't think I would like prunes. Check and mate. (Batch no. 1:2400)
Shakmat 23 Year Old
David,
The flavor wheel is really accurate for this one. Rich and complex with dominant notes of raisin, earth, cloves, and black pepper. This is definitely not subtle and not your typical warm, liquid carmel, french cognac but intriguing and very drinkable nonetheless. You can tell that lots of care, thought, and expertise went into it. Definitely worth the wait.
Shakmat 23 Year Old
R,
complex , lively , a touch of sweetness , spice.
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Andrej,
Well. A bit overpriced for the result. Not bad at all.
Shakmat 23 Year Old
David,
While I understand the concept of "crafted" liquor, the guy in this story would have been a very young man if he started making this 23 years ago... where are the notes on the base spirit? What exactly was aged for 23 years, and how much of what has been done since then is new? Where - in other words - did the sourced 23 year old brandy come from?
Shakmat 23 Year Old
Nicholas,
I would love to try it. Before I buy it. The concept, the story, the flavor profile are all very interesting but to buy a whole bottle before trying it is a preposterous concept. I, and I believe many more Flaviar community members, would be willing to buy more of the special, unique alcohols developed by Flaviar if we could first try, or even pay to purchase small samples of the various exclusive spirits that Flaviar offers.
Shakmat 23 Year Old
guest,
so smooth