Ararat Five Star Armenian Brandy

Member Review by o0tinerz0o:

Ararat 5 star is a truly amazing brandy. It is a shame this is not as well known in the west as it used to be. No wonder this was the FAVORITE brandy of Sir Winston Churchill. It's mouth feel is well rounded, almost silky but substantial, not watery but not thick. It denotes a vivid, elegant aroma. It hints notes of beeswax, walnut and oak. These flavors dominate the bouquet against a background of vanilla and plums. All this is carried in the cool, crisp, mountain spring water of the Ararat valley & the Armenian mountains. I quote the French-Monegasque wine magazine - Le Wineist: "Well-rounded, sweet and subtle flavor intensifies slowly and offers a sensuous, lengthy aftertaste with notes of plum. Pleasing dryness at the finish is rounded out by notes of cinnamon. Armenian Brandy's are the best in the world, vastly over-shadowing the seemingly meager Georgian Brandy's & Moldovan Fortified wines. In fact, they are secondary only to the most developed of French Cognac's, with Ararat leading the movement. It is no wonder before EU Protected Designated Origin laws were adopted, Ararat Armenian Brandy's were the only non-French Brandy's in the world allowed by the French Government to be called "Cognac"." I suggest all people who treasure a great Cognac, & value a great deal to try any Ararat Brandy. I am sure no one will be disappointed.

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Five Star Cellars:
David Huse retired in 1999 and soon found that he needed something to occupy his time. He had always enjoyed wine and so he began helping out at another winery. After helping there, David was hooked. In 2000 he decided to start a small winery to keep him busy. The first vintage consisted of 120 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2001, production increased, doubling the Cabernet and adding the sam... Read more
David Huse retired in 1999 and soon found that he needed something to occupy his time. He had always enjoyed wine and so he began helping out at another winery. After helping there, David was hooked. In 2000 he decided to start a small winery to keep him busy. The first vintage consisted of 120 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2001, production increased, doubling the Cabernet and adding the same amount of Merlot. The 2000 Cabernet was bottled, and David began to realize they needed their own space. In August 2002, remodeling began at the current site. In September, the first crush occurred at the winery, and everything was moved in. Production increased during this time, as David’s son, Matt, was taking over as winemaker. While adding a small amount of Syrah, they made approximately 1450 cases. The tasting room opened in December 2002 for the Barrel Tasting weekend, and the 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon was released. The release was a huge success and the first vintage sold out in no time. For 2003, the production was doubled again. David has since turned over the wine making and other day-to-day duties to Matt. David now concentrates on marketing and distribution of Five Star wines. Five Star Cellars continues to be a family run business. David and Matt’s wives, Sandy and Traci, help with the office side of the business. Traci also does the merchandising, and handles some of the Wine Club management. During the Spring Release and Barrel Tasting weekends, extra family members are on hand to help keep everything running smoothly. Read less

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Snooth User: o0tinerz0o
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5.00 5
08/20/2011

Ararat 5 star is a truly amazing brandy. It is a shame this is not as well known in the west as it used to be. No wonder this was the FAVORITE brandy of Sir Winston Churchill. It's mouth feel is well rounded, almost silky but substantial, not watery but not thick. It denotes a vivid, elegant aroma. It hints notes of beeswax, walnut and oak. These flavors dominate the bouquet against a background of vanilla and plums. All this is carried in the cool, crisp, mountain spring water of the Ararat valley & the Armenian mountains. I quote the French-Monegasque wine magazine - Le Wineist: "Well-rounded, sweet and subtle flavor intensifies slowly and offers a sensuous, lengthy aftertaste with notes of plum. Pleasing dryness at the finish is rounded out by notes of cinnamon. Armenian Brandy's are the best in the world, vastly over-shadowing the seemingly meager Georgian Brandy's & Moldovan Fortified wines. In fact, they are secondary only to the most developed of French Cognac's, with Ararat leading the movement. It is no wonder before EU Protected Designated Origin laws were adopted, Ararat Armenian Brandy's were the only non-French Brandy's in the world allowed by the French Government to be called "Cognac"." I suggest all people who treasure a great Cognac, & value a great deal to try any Ararat Brandy. I am sure no one will be disappointed.


Snooth User: AnalogReigns
50419013
5.00 5
12/12/2012

I bought this on a lark...figuring since it was imported all way from Armenia (Turkey &/or Russia) it must be pretty good. Then I learned it was CHURCHILL'S favorite brand....my my. Really does smell like kind of a very profound candy, and goes down very smooth. One would not think it was 40% alcohol. This is indeed a very pleasant brandy--glad I took the risk and got it.


Snooth User: harmio
6782862
4.00 5
12/15/2010

Four glasses


External Reviews for Ararat Five Star Armenian Brandy

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Source: WineGlobe.com
01/29/2009

Ararat 5 Star Brandy is aged for five years. Its rich, robust flavors are balanced by a smooth finish



<p>Ararat 5 Star Brandy is aged for five years resulting in rich, robust flavors that are balanced by a smooth finish.This brandy comes from the Yerevan region of Armenia.&nbsp;</p>


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