Combining Whiskey Casks and France’s Oldest Drink, Gensac Create Impeccable Armagnac - Oracle Time
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Combining Whiskey Casks and France’s Oldest Drink, Gensac Create Impeccable Armagnac

Gensac Armagnac 10 Year Old

It’s time to shed light on a tipple dating back to 13th Century France and which is the country’s oldest spirit: Armagnac. As a drink, Armagnac differs to the closely related Cognac because it undergoes column distillation, resulting in a richer tone. However, for a true appreciation of Armagnac you either need to sample it or listen to an expert. And few know the drink so well as the owner of Armagnac specialists Gensac, Jan Schuermann, so we asked his thoughts on their latest release.

The Château de Gensac estate in South West France specialises in the production of Armagnac and this year unveils an all-new truly unique Double Cask version of the spirit, “We now have a 12 year-old Armagnac that has been finished in a Caol Ila whisky cask and the result is the most wonderful combination that these two spirits has to offer,” Says Gensac owner Jan Schuermann. “We only produced 700 bottles and I think it’s a must especially for any whisky lover. Hopefully it will also encourage the hardened whisky fan to try our original Armagnacs – I am quite confident they will get as hooked as we are.”

Gensac Double Cask Limited Ila edition bottle
Gensac Double Cask Limited Ila edition bottle

Dating back to the 13th Century, The Château de Gensac also specialises in the making of highly regarded wines from its beautiful setting in the Gascony region set between Bordeaux and Toulouse.

“Being further away from the ocean meant that Armagnac, in ancient times, did not benefit from the British and the Dutch seafarers – the ones that made our famous neighbours Bordeaux wines and cognac so well known around the globe,” says Schuermann.

Gensac Double Cask Limited Ila edition

“This latest 12 year-old Double Cask spirit is one I am very excited about. Peated from a whisky cask, this product is incredibly smooth and soft combined with the distinctive taste of Islay that many of us love. I can’t wait to hear what people think of it, especially those whisky connoisseurs,” he concludes.

Gensac Double Cask Limited Ila edition

In order to produce a good Armagnac, the production of a high-quality white wine is needed, which is then distilled to 58-60°C in a single distillation process. The Château de Gensac range consists of 5, 10, 15 and 20-year-old Armagnac, and also includes specialties such as the liqueur wines Chevalier Noir and Chevalier Blanc, made with five-year-old Armagnac and fresh grape juice.

The Gensac Double Cask Limited Ila edition is priced at £59.95 and available like all other Armagnacs at House of Malt.

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