A miniature 200ml bottle of the Carrique 1990 Armagnac, bottled by Darroze.
"The nose is marked by long aging: cigar box, leather, liquorice, nutmeg, toast, gingerbread, toffee. However, the nose remains fresh and light.
"We find these balsamic aromas, liquorice, chocolate in the mouth with a more spicy finish: white pepper, candied ginger. Nice length in the mouth."
Darroze is one of Armagnac's most celebrated bottlers, and certainly one of its best. Jean Darroze was a famous chef in the region and his son Francis added to their culinary talents by sourcing single estate Armagnacs from around the region. Francis introduced his own son Marc to the industry and they soon became known as the Armagnac 'treasure hunters'. Marc, who is the President of peak body the Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l'Armagnac, now runs the company himself.
He offers the most diversity of any one house. Barrels are selected based on flavour from across the region and they are bottled at natural cask strength. No water or colouring is added.