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Visiting & Tasting Château Montifaud, Household Cognac Maker since 1866

Château Montifaud is a sixth-generation family-owned Cognac distillery situated close to Jarnac within the Petite Champagne sub-area of the Cognac appellation.

The winery was first created established as Montifaud in 1837 by Augustin, and has seen the succession of Pierre, Maurice, Louis, and Michel earlier than Laurent, the present supervisor took over the property in 2000. The household cellars have been ageing Cognacs since 1866.

In contrast to the Maisons of Cognac that always purchase spirits from different producers for ageing them, Château Montifaud grows all grapes essential to the manufacturing of its Cognacs and Pineau des Charentes on estate-owned vineyards (10 hectares in Grande Champagne and 120 ha in Petite Champagne).

Laurent Vallet is a passionate and really pleasant Cognac maker, placing an unimaginable consideration to element into the crafting of his spirits. The outcome?

Chateau Montifaud Cognac function a signature model that’s floral with a continuing smoothness to the expression. They’re cognacs that haven’t any aggressiveness in any way, a relaxed growth on the palate, and ship a comforting tasting expertise.

Go to a Cognac Distillery at Château Montifaud

Château Montifaud presents tastings on the cellar door, in addition to guided excursions out there upon reservation.

Guests will see the luxurious alambics (copper stills), the mixing and ageing rooms, following alongside the crafting technique of Cognac.

Be taught extra about Chateau Montifaud and excursions at chateaumontifaud.com

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Tasting Château Montifaud’s Cognacs & Pineau des Charentes

The distillery presents an excellent intensive vary of Cognacs, from VS to very uncommon and previous Cognacs, via XO, Napoleon, classic, and particular bottlings.

Discover beneath my tasting notes for these I tasted.

Château Montifaud V.S. Tremendous Petite Champagne: blended from eaux-de-vie aged for Four-5 years. Dense and floral, that is already deep and sophisticated for a VS. Delicate notes of basswood and vine flowers for an over clean and chic expression.

Reserve Michel Vallet: Notes of dried flowers, honey, potpourri, combined herbs and delicate spices. A whole, ample and deep Cognac additionally that includes nice freshness of flavors and purity of its floral characters. Balanced and spherical.

X.O.: about 30 years previous. Ample and beneficiant, but with an excellent rigidity. Delicate tannins, at all times the signature floral expression character, mixed to savory wooden ashes tones. The depth and sophisticated spectrum of flavors of a really previous Cognac. A wonderful XO.

L50 Héritage Louis Vallet: the cognacs of Laurent’s grandfather (and the cognacs Laurent drinks on a Saturday night time). A uncommon household reserve Cognac, exceptionally lengthy however nonetheless energetic and lifted, stuffed with dried and contemporary apricot and flowers, but and immense depth and complexity.

Classic 1976 Cognac Millésimé: 43% abv. A great deal of character and persona, a Cognac with punch and barely edgy tannins, barely smoky, massive hearted, wonderful for connoisseurs searching for a singular expression, not tamed by the mixing.

Vieux Pineau des Charentes Blanc & Rouge: Aged for 10 years in French oak, a uncommon trait for Pineaus. Each are deep, and surprisingly intense, not solely your common fruit character, however the smoky oakiness of an extended ageing, and the beneficiant heat of the Cognac in there, with dried apricot and pineapple.

Be taught extra about Château Montifaud and all their Cognacs on chateaumontifaud.com

Whisky Tasting 12: Macallan 18 Yr Fine Oak Fr Speyside, Scot

Whisky Tasting 12: Macallan 18 Yr Fine Oak Fr Speyside, Scot

The name Macallan is legendary. It is sometimes called the ‘Rolls Royce of all whiskies’. Famous for it’s sumptious Spanish dry Oloroso sherry cask finish style. The house has perhaps more versions of it’s malt than anyone else. Macallan is from the heart of Speyside. It’s uncompromising style is being duplicated by others but seldom matches its calibre. The 18 years old Fine Oak is a relatively new offering along with the Elegancia series. Both were introdcued because of a shortage of these rare Spanish Oloroso Oak casks and a hugh demand for it’s style. The colour is bronze. On the nose, honey, sherry, malt, buttered pop corn, caramel toffee and buttered nuts all emerge but with a feel of volatile alcohol. The body is medium and soft. Again, honey, sherry and spicy christmas pudding characters came through. Neither too heavy nor too light. However, when compare to the original 18 this is but a shadow of the big brother with lighter colour, a leaner body and overall less complexity. The finish is long with a lingering fruity note. (Score 88-90 points) Tasted by Michael Lam of Beverage Review.

Bourbon Tasting Class – Art of the Drink 41

Bourbon Tasting Class - Art of the Drink 41

Join Anthony in a Bourbon Tasting Class hosted by Master Distiller David Pickerell!
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Whisky Tasting: Macallan 12 Jahre + Vorstellung Macallan Single Malts

whisky.de N 1:08 T 1:50 Wir verkosten den 12-jährigen Macallan im The Whisky Store. Ein intensiver, sherrylastiger Single Malt aus der schottischen Speyside. Der Rolls Royce unter den Single Malts. whisky.de

Whisky Tasting 10: Lagavulin 16 Yr from Islay, Scotland

Lagavulin is from Islay. A distinct island region renounced for producuing peaty whiskies. 4 distilleries especially produce whiskies BIG in peat: Laphroaig, Port Ellen (silent now!), Ardbeg (reopened) and Lagavulin followed by the medium peat distilleries Bowmore and Caol Ila then the least peaty Bruichladdich and Bunnahabhain. Lagavulin 16 is the flagship of this distillery. On the nose, sea breeze, sea mist, peat, sweet sherry, sweet maltiness, gun powder and smoke. Very complex nose! More of the above mixed in harmoniously with a velvety, full and round body. The finish is powerful and long with sustained peat and dark chocolate. The single malt is heavenly scoring extra points on complexity. Not a style for the faint hearted and can be a shock to the system! Just a note, I often serve a good malt whisky (or two or three!) rather than dessert wines after dinner. Is this an after dinner malt? Yes but for me an all day 24 hours malt! Yahoo! (95-97 points) Tasted by Michael Lam of the Beverage Review

Famous Grouse Tasting with Ali Mutch on Manly Beach Australia

Ali Mutch and Martin Johnson hit the beach at sunrise for Singlemalt TV for this tasting session with The Famous Grouse.

Chivas Regal Tasting

Downtown whiskey bar Reserve 101 will hold a complimentary tasting of world-renowned Chivas Regal 12-, 18-, and the “lost” 25-year-old vintage of the blended Scotch Whiske

Champagne Tasting : Diebolt-Vallois FLEUR DE PASSION Brut 2004

Kris Van de Sompel, the Belgian sommelier elected “Ambassadeur de Champagne” in 2007, is tasting some of the best grower champagnes.

Tasting Johnnie Walker Blue Label

Whisky Master, Stephen Wilson takes you through a tasting of the world’s rarest and most sought after whisky – Johnnie Walker Blue Label.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Tasting 2006 Valle Reale Montepulciano d’Abruzzo at Village Wines in Nashville, TN

Leonardo Pizzolo of Valle Reale and Hoyt Hill of Village Wines taste and discuss the Tre Bicchieri 2006 Valle Reale Montepulciano d’Abruzzo at Village Wines in Nashville, TN
Video Rating: 5 / 5