It’s All in the Family

While Cognac gets most of the attention, its older cousin Armagnac is produced just a hundred miles away and is often overlooked. And while these two brandies have quite a bit in common, the resulting spirits differ significantly in flavor, boldness and price.

Cognac and Armagnac in Cocktails

I like to think that Armagnac is to Cognac as Rye is to Bourbon. Armagnac and Rye are more spicy, intense and rustic, whereas Cognac and bourbon are smoother, sweeter and more nuanced. The next time you’re making a cocktail with cognac, consider substituting armagnac for a more complex and robust drink.

Julia Tunstall

Julia Tunstall is the co-founder of A Bar Above and Chief Cocktail Taster. She's in charge of keeping things running smoothly around here, but you'll also find her stopping by on the Mixology Talk Podcast or hanging around the Craft Cocktail Club.