Armagnac producers Domaine Laguille have just released a Limited Edition of 350 bottles of their Laguille 2010 Bas Armagnac finished in a whisky cask. Following the latest trend by cognac producers to give their cognacs a ‘finish’, Laguille wants to show that even armagnac, the oldest French brandy of them all can move with the times. Strict regulations state that armagnac must be aged in French oak – the oak barrel used had previously been used to age a peated scotch from the Isle of Mull. The result is an armagnac with many of the peated notes associated with Scottish whisky. It is hoped that this will appeal to different, younger audiences. Laguille’s Commercial Director said “It’s now or never for armagnac. It’s a time when people are looking for smaller productions and everyone speaks about craft. It’s a moment that armagnac must not miss. The problem with armagnac has never been the product. The product is wonderful. The problem is how to sell it and how to market it."
The youngest vintage armagnac we sell is almost 20 years old and makes a good comparison: