Thursday, April 19, 2018

Delamain XO

Another great day in God's green earth and what's better than celebrating our friend's birthday and enjoying life and a cup of Delamain XO cognac.

The Delamain XO Pale and Dry Cognac is an interesting one. The word 'pale; is due to the color being much lighter than you'd expect of a Cognac of this age. This is due to the natural phenomenon of the eaux-de-vie being matured in very old casks. The word 'dry' is somewhat of a paradox, because it's actually referring to the natural sweetness of the liquid.

The end result, however, is a Cognac that's truly round, intense, and mellow. It offers real depth of character, combining delicacy with amazing fruitiness. If you enjoy a Cognac that's truly flavorsome, with good rancio, then give this one a try. A pure Grande Champagne blend, this is certainly a bottle that will hold its head up high at the smartest of gatherings.

Bottle: Delamain XO
Location: Gregs's Place
Price: $88

PointsAromaTaste
Emil98
Armik9.59
Gagik87
Pat99
Arin87
Saro98
Shavo9.58.5
Greg98.5
Arin A. 99
Average8.888.13
VPP Index$9.92$10.83







Thursday, March 29, 2018

Cognac Layrat

March is here and the smell of the springs is in the air. We get together to try and taste another bottle today and enjoy catching up.

LEYRAT VSOP RESERVE is a SINGLE ESTATE COGNAC with Golden yellow colour. In the traditional style of the Leyrat range, this VSOP displays elegance with the association of white-fleshed fruits, flowers and a little spice. The heart of the range with a suppleness and harmony of sweet flavours with a touch of wood notes. The finish brings notes of new oak and spices.


Bottle: Layrat
Location: Pat's Place
Price: $40

PointsAromaTaste
Emil87
Armik99
Gagik

Pat8.59
Arin

Saro98
Shavo89
Greg

Average8.58.4
VPP Index$4.71$4.76





Thursday, February 15, 2018

Levon

Today we gathered at Shavarsh's house and tasted a bottle called Levon. At first it seems very much aromatic but after tasting it we had other opinions. You can listen to our conversion here.


Cellar Master Gilles Arramon follows the craft tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation, hand-selecting eaux-de-vie from the two highest quality crus in the Cognac region, Petite Champagne and Grande Champagne. Arramon makes Levon le Magnifique cognac in small batches at House Guy De Bersac, which is celebrated for its non-industrial popularity and includes reserves dating back centuries.

Inspired by Armenian viticulture heritage, Arramon named his small-batch cognac Levon Le Magnifique, after one of Armenian history’s greatest figures, King Levon I, also known as Levon the Magnificent.

By encouraging a vibrant cultural exchange between Cilician Armenia and the great powers of Medieval Europe, King Levon bridged the gap between East and West.

During King Levon’s reign, Cilician Armenia formed strategic alliances with many European kingdoms, including France and England. King Levon personally befriended England’s French-speaking king Richard the Lionheart, fighting by his side in The Crusades.

King Levon is also known simply as “The Great” or “Le Magnifique.” He presided over a golden age of economic growth, social progress and improved foreign relations. His legacy of brotherhood and exploration forged a lasting connection between Cilician Armenia and Western Europe.



Bottle: Levon
Location: Shavarsh's Place
Price: $45

PointsAromaTaste
Emil76
Armik87
Gagik

Pat76
Arin

Saro77
Shavo76
Greg66
Average7.06.33
VPP Index$6.43$7.11








Thursday, January 18, 2018

Martell XO

Happy New Year!!!
2018 here we are.

We are at Saro's place with the first tasting session of 2018 trying the Martell XO!
This was an immediate hit with everyone. Very rich and complex aroma and a complimenting taste.
And as you can see and hear in the recording everybody appreciated it with generous scores.
We took a trip down the memory lane going back to high school years and also talk about what we have planned for 2018.
It is a privilege to share such a fine drink with these fine gentlemen.

Bottle: Martell XO
Location: Saro's Place
Price: $160

PointsAromaTaste
Emil98
Armik99
Gagik99
Pat98
Arin98
Saro99
Shavo98
Greg--
Average9.08.4
VPP Index$17.7$19.0









Thursday, December 21, 2017

Philbert - Limited Release Dovecote

Here we are with the last tasting of 2017. It's amazing how fast the years are passing by and we are watching our family, kids and friends to grow and bloom.

Today we taste Philbert - limited release Dovecote, an interesting bottle with high expectations. At the end of the tasting not many of us were pleased with the results! Most of us agree that this cognac has a bitter taste at the end. There is no question if this is different than other cognacs, but apparently this was not very much appreciated with our group.


Bottle: Philbert - limited release Dovecote
Location: Patrick's House 
Price: $65
Dec 21st, 2017


PointsAromaTaste
Emil67
Armik

Gagik76
Pat76
Arin66
Saro87
Greg76
Shavo

Average6.836.33
VPP Index$9.51$10.26















Thursday, November 16, 2017

BUSNEL VSOP

After a short break, Arin hosted a tasting session and we had a full house!
Arin's father had bought a Busnel VSOP for him. This was an Apple Brandy and very very different from other brandy/cognacs we had tasted so the team decided not to rate because it would have literally been "Apples" and Oranges (Grapes in our case) 😆

We discussed current affairs, and most importantly the trip we will take next year which as you can imagine brought up a lot of interesting ideas and jokes.


Bottle: BUSNEL VSOP
Location: Arin's House 
Price: $44







Tuesday, September 19, 2017

MacAllan 15 years

After a long time we had complete attendance from our all members today

Armik hosted today's event and gave us even option to choose from three different bottles, and we choose  MacAllan 15 years to taste.

The Macallan Fine Oak Series is a series of single malt Scotch whiskies, produced at The Macallan Distillery at Craigellachie in the Speyside region of Scotland which are matured in seasoned American oak casks, (sherry as well as bourbon), as well as sherry casks from Spain. This series is quite a departure for The Macallan who are renowned for their whiskies which have been aged solely in Sherry  Oak casks from Jerez, Spain,  The new Fine Oak Series has drawn rave reviews some quarters (Jim Murray for example awarded it “Best New Scotch Brand” when it was launched), and dramatic criticism from others who considered the American barrels inferior due to the lighter flavour profile of the American Bourbon Cask.
Colour
Rich straw
ABV
43%
Nose
Sublime and full with a hint of rose and cinnamon
Palate
Intense rich chocolate with a hint of orange and raisin
Finish
Lingering with a hint of chocolate, orange and dried fruits

Bottle: MacAllan 15 years
Location: Armik's House 
Price: $100
Sept 9,2017


PointsAromaTaste
Emil87
Armik8.57
Gagik77
Pat78
Arin88
Saro87
Greg8.57
Shavo87
Average7.887.25
VPP Index$12.70$13.79