Definition of Armagnac in English:



  • A type of brandy traditionally made in Aquitaine in southwestern France.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘One is spoilt for choice with cognacs such as Armagnac and Calvados, as well as various eaux de vie to digest a hearty meal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cognac may get all the attention in the US, but there's a hard core of fans of the French brandy from Gascony, Armagnac.’
    • ‘For brandy connoisseurs, there is Armagnac, France's premier brandy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now research from France has shown a regular dose of Armagnac can also help stave off illnesses such as heart attacks and thrombosis.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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 lobster bisque, with a goodly dash of Armagnac was fantastic, with a whole (in two halves) rock lobster ‘swimming’ in a rich creamy broth.’
    • ‘A complimentary glass of warming Armagnac was offered to fend off the frozen evening chill outside, and we made our way home.’
    • ‘When the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of the spoon, remove from the heat and add the heavy cream and Armagnac.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Deglaze the pan with the Armagnac and vermouth and simmer until almost dry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She had two small Martinis, then a 1936 Armagnac in a warm glass, which she liked so much she had a little bit more.’
    • ‘While Morton's uses brandies primarily in cream cocktails, they do carry two of the better known Armagnacs, Sempre and Larressingle.’



/ˈärmənˌyak/ /ˈɑrmənˌjæk/


From the former name of a district in Aquitaine.