Chilled Magazine - Volume 14 Issue 4

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ADVANCED MIXOLOGY

THAT’S THE SPIRIT

Get to know

Blanche

Armagnac By Christina Staalstrom

Brandy is a spirit distilled from fermented fruit juice, most commonly grapes, and is an umbrella term for an entire category of spirits, one of which is Armagnac. While traditional Armagnacs are aged in oak until the liquid is toasty and brown and are meant to be swirled and sipped, Blanche (French for white) Armagnacs are fruity and floral with a freshness that is closer to vodka or cachaça. Blanche is essentially the Armagnac that comes directly out of the still. Rather than being placed in barrels to age, this grape-based eaux-de-vie is

“rested” in stainless steel tanks after distillation. Water is gradually added to bring its alcohol level down from above 60% to somewhere under 45% allowing the spirit to retain its liveliness and complexity. It is artisanal and comes in slightly different styles since producers are allowed to use a wide variety of grapes or grape combinations in the distillation process. Each grape variety brings a different character to the final product. Some are fruitier, while others have a floral bouquet or spice notes, resulting in very distinct elixirs that can be sipped neat or as welcome additions to many cocktails.

Photo by Kendra Rosa

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Competition - Sagamore Spirit Cocktail Showdown

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