People love brandy for its strong yet sweet and fruity flavors that it offers.
Armenian distillers take these flavors to the next level with access to unique grape varieties and the addition of vanilla and herbal notes.
Here are some of the best Armenian brandy options out there that you can enjoy mixed into a cocktail or straight on the rocks.
Ararat 10 Year Akhtamar Brandy
This Ararat Akhtamar VSOP 10-year brandy comes packaged in a sleek glass container. This brandy has a warm copper color and a classic smell fresh out of the bottle. Notes for this complex Armenian brandy include dried plum, hazelnut, oak, and vanilla. Overall, it has a sweeter taste.
Shakmat 23 Year Old
In Armenian, Shakmat means chess, which is the perfect word for this nuanced bottle of 23-year-old brandy. Distillers make this brandy only with local Armenian grapes like the Kangun and Kakhet varieties. Shakmat provides an elevated flavor profile, including tastes of walnuts, dried fruit, black pepper, and more.
Tigran The Great 25 Year Armenian Brandy
Distillers named this 25-year Armenian brandy after the ancient King of Armenia, Tigran the Great. This king helped mold the country into a powerful nation. This bottle of brandy hopes to do something similar to your cocktails and palate. A golden-amber color, this brandy has fruity and floral notes alongside hints of rich flavors like butter and oak.
Kremlin Award Brandy 20 Years Old
This Kremlin Award Armenian Brandy was double distilled and aged in oak barrels. Kremlin Award distillers make their brandy from grapes indigenous to Armenia. These local grapes make a distinctly flavored brandy with deep and rich spiced flavors.
Amrut Ijevan 30 Year Old Nemrut Armenian Brandy
The name of this Amrut Ijevan Armenian brandy originates from the magnificent Mount Nemrut. This particular brandy has a deep color and is a clever blend of indigenous Armenian grapes. The notes within this brandy include apricot, prune, chocolate, and oak. These flavors give Nemrut a smooth and soft taste.
Ararat Nairi 20 Year Old
This Ararat 20-year-old brandy from Nairi has a rich chocolate and mahogany appearance, and it tastes just as luxurious. With each glass of this Armenian brandy, you should taste notes of cinnamon, toasted bread, honey, and clove. Each of these flavors culminates to create a sweet yet warm finish.
Tasting Armenian brandy is a one-of-a-kind experience because of this country’s pride in quality distilling and the inclusion of indigenous flavors.
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