Lous Pibous 20, 1996, Cask 188 (L’Encantada)

Last month I reviewed the first of two casks of Lous Pibous 20, 1996 from the Armagnac bottlers, L’Encantada, who are all the rage in American brandy circles these days. That was cask 187 and I liked it quite a lot even though I didn’t find a whole lot of complexity in it. Here now is cask 188. Both samples came to me from Sku who was involved in the selection of these casks for the American market. I have no further introductory patter, so let’s get right to it.

Lous Pibous 20, 1996, Cask 188 (53.6%; L’Encantada; from a sample from a friend)

Nose: Orange peel, cola, cinnamon, raisins, caramel. Not much change really with time. With water the stickier notes get a little more emphasis and the oak/cinnamon recedes a little.

Palate: Leads with some oaky bite but all the sticky stuff from the nose is here too. Very nice texture at full strength. Spicier as I swallow. The oak expands as it sits but it’s not tannic at all. Water brings out even more of the oak/spice but it’s still not tannic.

Finish: Long. The spice and oak expand but then the orange peel comes back. With time there’s some cracked pepper and pipe tobacco as well. As on the palate with water.

Comments: In the same complex of notes as Cask 187, unsurprisingly; just a slightly different mix and emphasis. Like that one this is very easy to like and very pleasurable without actually possessing much complexity. No real reason to give it a different score probably except I think I liked that one just a bit more.

Rating: 87 points.

Thanks to Sku for the sample!

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