I may be guilty of many things but hiding my love of French Brandy paired with a cigar is not one of them. Simply put there is nothing like the sweetness and complexity of French Brandy
especially in the form of Armagnac and Cognac. The former has maintained a robust authenticity and is genuinely referred to as the true taste of French brandy while the latter has shed some
of its authenticity for a greater market-share of the global palate. In other words, Cognac embraced the demands to change its flavor profile to suit the tastes of countries outside of
Paris and to this date Scotch is enjoyed by the French more than Cognac. However, Armagnac still has its deep roots within French culture and we are the better for it.
In the picture you'll feast your eyes upon the Vertical Collection of Armagnac and Cognac dating from 1789 to 1977, which is roughly 200 years of aging. At a price between $150,000 and $200,000 USD it can be all yours.
The vertical, which has been assembled by collector Bay van der Bunt, includes a Cognac des Tuileries 1818 (James Monroe), a Marnier-Lapostolle Château de Bourg 1865 (Abraham Lincoln), a Réserve Spéciale, Bas-Armagnac 1881 from the 200-day term of the assassinated President, James Garfield, a Courvoisier 1884 (Chester Arthur), and an Armagnac Sempé 1961 from the 33-month term of John F. Kennedy.
Cognac and Armagnac are among the most stable of spirits, and can be enjoyed when even centuries old. These rare vintage-dated bottles, made from the finest aged brandies, offer a journey through American history.