Definition of Armagnac in English:



  • [mass noun] A type of brandy traditionally made in Aquitaine in SW France.

    • ‘Extra strong ales and lagers, bock beer, Adam bier, and barley wine are the brandy, cognac, and port equivalents of the beer world, capable of Armagnac status on the tongue.’
    • ‘The venerable establishment of Mitchell & Son approaches its 197th Christmas in Dublin with a clutch of good wines and perhaps the best selection of vintage Armagnac in the country.’
    • ‘The Spaniard who buys Cardhu expects to find in the bottle the equivalent of a Cognac or an Armagnac, or at the very least a top quality Jerez brandy such as Carlos I or Lepanto.’
    • ‘Deglaze the pan with the Armagnac and vermouth and simmer until almost dry.’
    • ‘Now research from France has shown a regular dose of Armagnac can also help stave off illnesses such as heart attacks and thrombosis.’
    • ‘Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining Armagnac.’
    • ‘Pudding was a passion fruit sorbet which Ronay pronounced the best sorbet he had ever eaten, and we finished the meal with coffee and Armagnac.’
    • ‘The bars offer over 30 different cocktails - from the classics to their own creations, and they have a fine selection of rare whiskeys, Cognacs, Armagnacs, bourbons and tequilas too.’
    • ‘For brandy connoisseurs, there is Armagnac, France's premier brandy.’
    • ‘Near Lannes, a little further south, is the Domaine de Cazeaux, stately home of Eric Kauffer, who produces Armagnac, vin de pays de l' Agenais and Floc de Gascogne, his own invention, an aperitif made from Armagnac and wine.’
    • ‘Spirits such as whisky, bourbon, Cognac, Armagnac and rye derive virtually all their colour from the time they spend in oak barrels - they would be clear as water otherwise.’
    • ‘Usually revered for its wines, this off-licence has, for two centuries, been the unique home to Green Spot, an in-house pot still whiskey and a 100-year range of vintage Armagnac.’
    • ‘The lobster bisque, with a goodly dash of Armagnac was fantastic, with a whole (in two halves) rock lobster ‘swimming’ in a rich creamy broth.’
    • ‘It can be made like a water-ice (just omit the egg white) or a sorbet (with the egg white) and some people like to flavour it with a couple of tablespoons of brandy, whisky or Armagnac.’
    • ‘Cognac may get all the attention in the US, but there's a hard core of fans of the French brandy from Gascony, Armagnac.’
    • ‘A complimentary glass of warming Armagnac was offered to fend off the frozen evening chill outside, and we made our way home.’
    • ‘She had two small Martinis, then a 1936 Armagnac in a warm glass, which she liked so much she had a little bit more.’
    • ‘One is spoilt for choice with cognacs such as Armagnac and Calvados, as well as various eaux de vie to digest a hearty meal.’
    • ‘While Morton's uses brandies primarily in cream cocktails, they do carry two of the better known Armagnacs, Sempre and Larressingle.’
    • ‘When the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of the spoon, remove from the heat and add the heavy cream and Armagnac.’


From the former name of a district in Aquitaine.