At Spirits Of France, over the last 30 years, we have endeavoured to always search and find the very gems of Spirits, Aperitifs and Liqueurs. Often they are confidential, non commercial, artisanal, beautifully authentic and sincere in their quality. For example if a cognac is 35 years old, the whole of it is 30YO, not a lot of 10YO + a small dash of 30YO. Initially we knew well the 2 or 3 stars restaurants of France, who carried such products and would never have touched any commercial spirit. They introduced us to their producers who deemed us worthy of their trust. And over the years, with that same philosophy we pride ourselves to have widened the range and offer not the best known, but just the best of Gins, Whiskies, Rums agricoles, Calvados, Aperitifs, Bitters,Tequilas,Vermouths, Absinthes, Liqueurs, Ciders, Armagnacs, etc.
The ultimate in olfactive beauty is the phenomenon of the “Peacock Tail Fan Effect” of which old armagnacais speak with tears in their eyes “Faire la queue de Paon” about an Armagnac which stands out. After you have swirled a few drops in the mouth and swallowed, after a few seconds you think it is the end of it, when suddenly an explosion of aromatics invades you in the most ethereal and surprising way. I remember in a village in the Armagnac region being directed in secret whispers to a hidden cellars where two older gentlemen, béret screwed on their head, offered me a snifter of “Grand Bas” warning me about the explosion imitating olfactively the visual effect of the deploying of a peacock tail . I was amazed and immediately asked to import such marvel in Australia. They sheepishly confided, that they could not export, since then the Tax and Excise people would discover them.
We pride ourselves to have in our range a few Rums, Armagnacs, Cognacs, Whiskies with that “Peacock Fan Tail Effect”, and what’s more they have fully paid their taxes !!