This detailed study takes us to Gascony and shows the hidden factors that go into the production of a great Armagnac. Insights into the blending and permitted additives are provided. Profiles of the most influential negociants, objective tasting notes and even information on matching Armagnacs with cigars is included. Armagnacs from a single year have subtle notes of prune, apricot, vanilla, spice and nuts converging into heavenly bouquets. Biographies and reviews of 140 producers and negociants, the precise differences between Cognac and Armagnac and tasting notes of over 750 vintages are provided.