Ararat grape brandy from Armenia's Yerevan Brandy Company
Brought to us by a visitor, this is an Armenian brandy whose name refers to Mount Ararat where the ark is said to have landed after the biblical flood. It was apparently a favourite of Winston Churchill.
Golden in the glass, it has a rich nose of tobacco, dried mixed fruit, peel and cedary spice.
The palate full of cooked, sweet dried fruit, roasted hazelnut, butterscotch, roasted spices and cigar box. Viscous and a touch fiery, it has a persistent finish.
A youthful spirit, it makes quite a statement but in a sophisticated sort of way - a bit like Robbie Williams.
Match with Christmas pudding, sticky toffee pudding, dark, bitter chocolate and an espresso or a cigar.
It is listed in the UK by Master of Malt (but currently sold out) and The Time Whisky Club (ditto) at £24.95.
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