L'ENCANTADA TATTOO SERIES NO. 1, 25-YEAR

 

ARMAGNAC, FRANCE

 

 

In the small but mighty community of Armagnac collectors and connoisseurs, few producers cause the same stir as independent bottler, L’Encantada. Based in Vic-Fezensac in Southern France, L'Encantada curates Armagnacs based on “authenticity, tradition, and expertise” and has quickly developed a cult-like following that scours retailers and auctions for ultra-rare, get-them-before-they’re-gone (for good) releases. And it’s not just hype: L’Encantada releases often feature distillers who are no longer active in production, and the bottles being hunted will be the last available in the market. As such, we jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with Nicolas Palazzi from PM Spirits on L’Encantada’s newest project “Tattoo Series,” and today we’re thrilled to unveil one of our most exciting offers to date. L’Encantada has developed a reputation not only in Armagnac circles, but also among whisky and Bourbon drinkers looking to explore; fittingly, the first Tattoo Series release is a cask-strength, 25-year brandy aged in Gascony oak and ex-Weller Bourbon barrels that would be a trophy on any back bar.

 

The first Tattoo Series is a partnership with famous New York tattoo artist Matt Adamson, who has garnered a cult following in his own right. Most recently, his designs garnered the attention of Tiffany & Co., and he collaborated with the jewelry icon to design a collection of hand-engraved crystal and glassware. Today’s L’Encantada Tattoo Series began its life in traditional fashion—distilled by L’Encantada’s traveling Alambic stills and nearly a quarter-century of maturation in Gascony oak barrels. But what happened when L’Encantada’s innovative spirit pushed the boundaries to new limits? The spirit was finished in ex-Weller Bourbon barrels, and while this additional aging process  introduced a new layer of complexity and distinction, the spirit lost its “Armagnac” appellation of origin. (To be legally labeled “Armagnac,” the spirit must be aged exclusively in French oak.) 1,500 bottles were produced, and apart from the modern finish, the spirit has been left completely unaltered: unfiltered, no additives, and cask strength. 

 

L’Encantada’s operation started small, after one of the partners was approached by a widow about selling her late husband's casks of Armagnac and they have since built a reputation for finding under-the-radar producers and expressing Armagnac terroir with an unforgettable intensity. The 25-year first edition of L’Encantada’s Tattoo Series has taken a classically styled XO-style brandy and amplified it with the power of ex-Weller barrels and the artistry of Adamson’s label design. Limited Concierge pricing will be available for one week only, or until sold out (and we will sell out).The L’Encantada Tattoo Series #1 is a masterpiece from every angle—don’t miss it!

 

 

*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Summer 2020. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in IL, LA, NC, NY, TN, VA, WI, and limited stores in GA. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.