Many who enjoy Armagnac also love Whisky – or Whiskey – and Bourbon. And yes, many people are aware that Armagnac is made from grapes, and Whisky from grain. But the story certainly doesn’t end with the grape versus grain saga.
Let’s get to the number crunch. For example, the production cost of a litre of vodka is around $0.90. A liter of 12 year old whisky of 12 years is around $1.70. And a liter of 12 year old armagnac, bears a production cost of about $9.00! Now that’s a big difference. But why is the cost of making a liter of armagnac so different from that of other spirits? Let’s look at this in a bit more detail.
Complementing the five basic tastes of sweet, bitter, salty, sour and umami, a large variety of odors also contribute to the overall sensory impression of a foodstuff.
Taste is big business, and that means science is on the case. In recent decades, approximately 10,000 volatile food compounds have been identified.