1999 L'Encantada 18 Year Old "Lous Pibous #145" Bas-Armagnac (750ml) (Pre-Arrival)

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The famous Lous Pibous estate was easily the most sought-after brandy of 2017. We've sold more than 1000 of bottles from this tiny estate since we started importing these products early last year. Lous Pibous is particularly special but few of the previous casks we've sold have matched this 18 year old Lous Pibous in terms of intensity. The bold nose is bursting with spice, the highest quality tobacco, wild honey candied stone fruits, and nutty rancio oxidative quality. Something of a crushed sweet tart quality and an attractive mineral quality with faint whiffs of old metal. The palate is thick and textured, with a striking dusty tannin that reminds me of old rye whiskey. Indeed, the old American whiskey thing is very much at play here (a quality that's attracted such a massive following), but it also exhibits some really wonderful parallels with a quality old Highland malt. While L'Encantada does not bottle the most affordable Armagnac available, they truly deliver an experience that cannot be replicated elsewhere.

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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/9/2018 | Send Email
Just an absolute monster. Unctuous, bold and full of life - this brandy makes me sad for all the high quality small estate Armagnac that's wasted in crap blends for the French market. We still have suppliers come in and try to sell those style Armagnacs to us and I just don't get why they think it's going to work. This brandy, however, will easily flip the most ardent American Whiskey lover into an Armagnac freak. The owners of the Lous Pibous estate are extremely private and don't accept visitors, but I'm planning to visit early this year. Nonetheless, replicating an experience like this one again might be difficult, but we'll keep trying until we've tasted every cask.

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Alcohol Content (%): 53.8