description of the Armagnac tasting in Luncheon of the Boating Party, I've been fixated on sampling it first-hand.
So I went out and got a bottle of Samalens, a reasonably priced Armagnac from Bas, the region said to be the best producer. Both Cognac and Armagnac are types of brandy. Guess what? Armagnac turned 700 this year!
It's older than Cognac, distilled at lower temperatures over a longer period of time. The Cognac and Armagnac Primer says that Armagnac is somewhat "less refined and more fiery".
A great tour of Samalens is recounted here at Will Lowe's Blogtails.
At YouTube there are several afficionados imbibing. It's fun to watch.
Me, I'm busy sipping.