Episode 116: What The Musketeers Drank With David Lincoln Ross

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What spirit were the Three Musketeers drinking back in the 17th century Armagnac On this episode of A Taste of the Past Linda Pelaccio is joined in the studio by David Lincoln Ross a food writer and armagnac expert Learn about the ancient roots of the spirit in Egypt and the differences between cognac and armagnac Learn about the regional grapes used to make traditional armagnacs and the importance of oak from the Mon Lunzon forest in the aging process How does one choose a bottle of armagnac Learn about the different characteristics of armagnac that can be used to determine what quality spirit to buy How does armagnac pair with food Learn about the culinary landscape of Gascony France and how armagnac plays a significant role in its food culture This program has been brought to you by Cain Vineyard and Winery Cognac in the most simple terms is distilled twice It yields a more refined spirit with a higher level of alcohol when it comes out of the still Its called double distillation Armagnac has a simpler or continuous distillation process so the spirit that comes out after the distillation process is at a lower proof but because it has only been distilled once it has a more fragrant and flavorful result 6 40 — David Lincoln Ross on A Taste of the Past Click here to visit this podcast episode