Because of my birthday, whisky-nut and fellow blogger Franck Debernardi sent me a sample of a little something, not disclosing what it was until after we had tasted it (he made me promise I would share with the Mrs). Normally, I take some time with my received samples and have then wait awhile on a shelf until I find some time, but I could not control myself any longer, and two days after receiving the bottle I had opened this generous sample.
|faded, but you can still decipher
happy birthday Thomas
Nose: sweet, mint and eucalyptus, mulled apples and plum sauce, cinnamon, tobacco leaves, good cigars, sweetened green ice tea, dried prunes, dark chocolate
All that was revealed (also thanks to Gal‘s curiosity on Twitter), was that it was not a whisky, not calvados, and it has been distilled in France before Franck’s birth year (1969)… I am not sure what it can be, other than a really nice armagnac. But that is just guessing, since I have little to no experience with these noble drinks.
Thanks Franck, much appreciated, whatever it is!
Update: about five minutes after posting, Franck came back with a picture of the bottle, and once again, I was way off with my guess: it turned out to be a 50 year old cognac, followed by another five minutes of complete silence in the room, with the occasional “aah”, and “hmm”…
I learned something too; I have to study on cognacs, regions, grapes, vines… Good stuff.
Once more: thanks Franck, we owe you one…