Score: 9.3 / 10
Distillery: Bardstown Distillery
Château de Laubade, is a well-regarded Armagnac producer based in Gascony, France. Armagnac is a type of French brandy produced in the Armagnac region, known for its distinctive production methods and flavor profiles.
As part of Bardstown collaborations they purchased used barrels from Laubade and finished some of the spirit in the barrels at 2 years on the bottom shelf and 16 months on the top shelves.
This expression in the past has won "Best in Class" at the San Francisco Spirits Awards. Can you believe we gave one of these away for free. Neither can we. The things we do for our fans.
Nose: Earthy green grapes, deep charred wood, rich and creamy vanilla. Swirling the whiskey brings forth caramel, leather, and angel food cake. Deeper in the glass I find orange pierced with clove and an inviting chocolaty port note. Revisiting the glass yields an addicting fresh ground coffee, with a distinct nuttiness and light cherry cola hiding in the background.
Palate: Creamy, rich, and luscious mouthfeel. Fig and raisin hit first coating the mouth and unleashing rich fruit notes that include strawberry, raspberry, grapes, pear all with caramel covered red apple. At this point a nice peppery spice intermingles with clove and splashes around the palate. Beneath the spice the mouthfeel turns from leathery to effervescent and sweet coconut juxtaposes spicier notes. As the spice begins to fade delectable chocolate orange shines on the backend of the drinking experience. Finally there's notes of oats that stands out right at the end of the drinking experience complimented by some light nougat.
Finish: Moderate in length, but juicy on the palate. Mildly tannic on the top sides of the mouth, but otherwise leathery throughout. More chocolate and dark chocolate linger with caramel and oak. There's an earthiness that lingers for a bit, then leaves peanut and cashew notes behind. Light spice transitions into cacao and oak as other flavors fade.
S+ Sensational - The Pinnacle (9.5+)
A - AXEceptional (astounding) (9-9.5)
B - bravo (step aBove average) (8-8.9)
C - competent (7-7.9)
D - disappointing (6-6.9)
F - flush it down the toilet (fail) (5.9 below)
Availability? - Rare. I am just guessing, but I'm not positive that this collaboration will continue. However, based on the score here I would be very happy if it did!