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The buzz is in the air, it's about time people start discovering France's oldest spirit. It offers lots of authentic drinking pleasure with none of the hype of its more 'glamorous' counterpart. Glad you came across these two articles, in fact, the one by Jason Wilson is a year old, but happy it got on your radar.

David J. Montgomery (aka Professor Cocktail)

Is it really 2012 already?

Thanks for pointing that out. When I read the article, something itched in the back of my mind, but I wasn't with it enough to realize it was the date!

I'm embarrassed to say that I've never even tried Armagnac, although I intend to.

Amanda Garnham

Try it and you won't be disppointed. Pure or in cocktails at any time of the day. Need to try several different ones as this brandy is so diverse and made by small family companies in the Armagnac region of South West France.

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David J. Montgomery (aka Professor Cocktail) is a writer and critic specializing in books, publishing, spirits, and cocktails. He is an emeritus columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and The Daily Beast, and has also written for USA Today, the Washington Post, and other fine publications. A former professor of History, he lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and two daughters.

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