Bhakta 1973 Vintage Armagnac (Gascony, France) - [USC 99] [IWSC 98]

Bhakta 1973 Vintage Armagnac
(Gascony, France) - [USC 99] [IWSC 98]

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About this spirit:

The BHAKTA Spirits Vintage Library

Offering single vintages of Armagnac reaching back through nearly every year since 1868. Each year captures and expresses the unique climate conditions, the technique of different distillers, and the compounding intricacies of time spent in both wood and glass.

The pure distillation of the year 1973 

Exquisitely complex and astoundingly aged, BHAKTA 1973 Armagnac is our 50 Year, Golden Anniversary Armagnac vintage. A landmark year at every level—
 and a pure distillation of the spirit of celebration — this vintage shows a nose of baked apple, old books cinnamon, and leather, followed by nutmeg and macerated raisins on the palate. In history, 1973 was defined by the opening of the World Trade Center, the sale of the New York Yankees to George Steinbrenner, and the departure of the last American soldier from Vietnam.

Age: 50 years

Proof: 107.8

Bottled in: Condom, France

Tasting Notes:

Aspect: Light golden amber

Nose: Stewed ripe fruits with brown sugar

Palate: Cinnamon, nutmeg, and white pepper

Finish: Pleasant long finish with notes of oak

Awards & Reviews:

99 Points, Chairman's Trophy, Top 100 - Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2023

"Rich layers of spiced fruit aromas reveal themselves in waves; cinnamon baked plums, caramelized apple tart, and floral undertones. Concentrated flavors of mixed baking spices, peach skin, fresh tobacco, and brown sugar are luscious and ever evolving through the suede texture. A pleasure to sip."

98 Points - Intl Wine & Spirits Competition 2023

"Zesty blood orange and Caranni leather with raisins, dates and burnished oak. Aromatic and rounded with expressive wood, tar concentrate and a perfect balance of chocolate, dark vanilla honey and sugary soft spices on a long and satisfyingly chewy finish."

98 Points, Platinum, Superlative -

"Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of old honey, Cuban cigar smoke slowly seeped into rich Italian leather over decades, duxelles with Herbs de Provence, and dried red berries on vanilla marzipan with mint with a round, lively, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, colossal, very long finish with touches of fruit cake and honey, cavendish tobacco, mixed nuts, and cherry balsamic glazed mushrooms. The kind of luxury spirit that is so good and well integrated with aromas and flavors that it leaves you temporarily dumbstruck."

Platinum - Ascot Awards 2023

"A mahogany nose leads to a lush and rich and flavorful palate with grape, toasted bread, and a dark cherry note coating on your tongue thanks to the fantastic mouthfeel. Delicious."