Bringing Armagnac to Cocktails & the Backbar

Bringing Armagnac to Cocktails & the Backbar

June 12, 2019, 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

BCB Tasting Room – Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse

As a bartender and sommelier, I had a quiet excitement about Armagnac. I had always loved brandy and fought for the underdog spirits in general so what is more romantic than a French brandy with a vintage from the 1970s? What is this "rustic" cousin of Armagnac. I used one expression on the back bar and the same in cocktails but a trip to the region opened my mind. After traveling through Armagnac with the New York ambassador to the region, the spirit is so much more unique and deserves to be known more that just a relative to Cognac, it's actually a much different product. The presentation will include a brief history on the region with a breakdown of its subzones, soil types, grape varieties, and distillation and will highlight its differences from Cognac. The presentation will highlight a few producers and their different takes on what Armagnac means--how they work differently but all promote the same end goal. It will then continue on with how to use it in your bar program: from understanding what a vintage Armagnac is, the best way to express the category on a list, and how to promote and talk about it as an after-dinner drink. It will also highlight producers who are looking to make consistent blends and find a use for it in your cocktail program. 


  • Rachel DelRocco Terrazas


    Rachel DelRocco Terrazas is a New Jersey native who has gained 15 years in the hospitality industry in New York, Austin, and Houston, Texas as a...

  • May Matta-Aliah


    May Matta-Aliah is a New York-based educator and president of In the Grape (, an organization dedicated to making wine and spirits...

  • Gregory J. Buda


    Director of Education and Training Manager

    Dead Rabbit and BlackTail in New York City

    Gregory J. Buda is the Director of Education and Training Manager at both the Dead Rabbit and BlackTail in New York City.  When not tending bar in...


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