Shop Small Saturday, November 25th, 2017. Join us here at Libations & Company and all other downtown Lee's Summit shops and help support your local entrepreneurs! Libations will have special guests sampling their goods all day and of course cocktails. Hot spiced cider will be available as well as spirit tastings. Boozy Botanicals & KC Canning Co. will be on site to satisfy your tastebuds also. Can't wait, Cheers!
Join us at Libations for an adventure through the French countryside!
What is Armagnac?
Cognac and Armagnac are both French brandies made from white wine grapes. Unsurprisingly, Cognac is made in Cognac and Armagnac is made in Armagnac, in the Gascony region. While the two carry similarities, they also have some differences. Both Cognac and Armagnac are made from a shockingly undrinkable wine. However, Cognac typically only uses the Ugni Blanc grape, while Armagnac uses three additional grape varietals: Folle blanche, Colombard, and Baco Blanc. This thin wine is then distilled for both brandies; Cognac goes through two rounds of distillation in pot stills, while Armagnac only goes through one in a column still. This difference in process greatly affects the end product.
Even though they’re made from grapes, both Cognac and Armagnac are strong, heavy spirits that we’d advise against gulping. When tasting Armagnac, a trick is to dab your finger in the glass and then dab it onto the back of your hand. Once the liquid has evaporated, smell it up close: you should be able to detect dried fruits, like apricots and figs, or perhaps a bit of butterscotch and licorice. Cognac is a widely known product, whereas Armagnac is more of a local hit. That said, Armagnac is still sold all over the world, so there’s nothing preventing you from enjoying both types of brandy.
- VinePair: Aliza Kellerman
Hosted by Libations & Company and The Big O, come and learn to barrel age your favorite cocktail or try something new! Barrel aging allows the cocktail to rest, picking up incredible flavors and adding to your enjoyment. This class will teach you how to prepare your barrel, choose the best ingredients and the proper techniques. Included in the price of admission will be a one liter wood barrel! One barrel per paid admission, however two people may attend per paid admission. Limited Space available so book soon. Cheers!
Please join us at Libations & Company on Saturday, September 9th for either the 7pm or the 8pm class.
Libations presents an evening with Jill Cockson, Owner & Proprietor of Swordfish Tom's and Colonel Jesse's Small Batch Tonics. Jill will be demonstrating how her line of tonics can be used with Kansas City's best spirits to create a delicious signature cocktail. This will be an excellent opportunity to meet, greet and learn from an industry professional that has been perfecting her approach for over 18 years! Can't wait to see you there, until the read this recent article in Feast Magazine.
Join us here at Libations & Company this Saturday for an early Happy Hour! We will be joined by Restless Spirits Distillery from North Kansas City. There will be samples of their incredible craft quality spirits and some delicious and simple cocktails for you to sample as well. We will see you then!