Oh there was a real kerfuffle about it, apparently the French were very relaxed about it as long as the name Calvados wasn’t used. It was the Scotch Whisky industry that was upset.
Your comments about Mr Martel remind me of the gentleman called McDonald who wanted to open a burger bar…
The wrath of the Americans descended on him. Speaking of Americans did you know that they have imposed a 25% tariff on Scottish and Irish Whisky? So much for the special relationship.
Never mind the special relationship what ever happened to free trade? Damn protectionist - takes us back to the days of the Boston tea party fiasco, and later protecting the cotton industry.
Rather ironical, as Hine was born in Dorset… There should be a Union Jack on that bottle.
And Hennessy was born in Ireland… there is a trend here with Cognac makers…
and Courvousier was born in France, but his Cognac business is now owned by the Japanese.
Back on the Armagnac - just medicinal you understand in preparation for a friend’s funeral tomorrow.
Cognac, Armagnac, Single Malt, Rum, potato or grain Vodkas, Bourbon, or just sipping some amber Tequila … I enjoy it all. I don’t know if I can settle on a favourite. I don’t imbibe very often, maybe a drink or two a day, but I thoroughly enjoy most well-made spirits. Wine as well, of course. I have a well-selected, wne collection of maybe 200+ bottles, (small, I know, for a wine cellar). I only drink 2-3 bottles a month, but I like nicely-aged wine, and the only way to get it is to age it myself unless I’m prepared to pay an exorbidant amount of cash for a bottle–and I’m not. Plus, it’s a lot of fun researching, selecting, aging, and then 5 or 6 years later, sampling that selection; and enjoying the fruits of one’s labour, or hobby.
So anyway, I do love all of it. The taste … and the history and tradition that goes along with it.
I find this much less fiery or harsh as French cognacs, brandies or even Armagnac.
Back on the Waitrose No. 1 VSOP Armagnac.
I had bought it for Christmas but it’s taken until now to open it. It seems more refined than my last bottle.
Keep a few stored in the garage.
Comes in handy to sneak a few in whilst mowing the front lawn,
For Sunday (and beyond) . To go with pork and a pear crumble . Plus a bottle of Wyatt’s Abbey Gold (cider) which was brewed from apples at Douai Abbey
Then it’s good film
I never have a problem with quality supermarket fare, rather like house wines - if they are prepared to put their name on it - great
A little hint from the Tiger Lilies.
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