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Armagnac

(ärmänyäk`), region and former county, SW France, in GasconyGascony
, Fr. Gascogne, region of SW France. It is now coextensive with the departments of Landes, Gers, and Hautes-Pyrénées and parts of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Lot-et-Garonne, Tarn-et-Garonne, Haute-Garonne, Gironde, and Ariège.
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, roughly coextensive with Gers dept. AuchAuch
, town (1990 pop. 24,728), capital of Gers dept., SW France, in Gascony, on the Gers River. It is a farm market and commercial center with a variety of manufactures and an important trade in Armagnac brandy, poultry, wine, and grain.
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 is the chief town. Armagnac is famous for the brandy bearing the same name. The counts of Armagnac originated in the 10th cent. as vassals of the dukes of Gascony. Their power reached its height with Count Bernard VII, who dominated France in the early 15th cent. Margaret of Angoulême, sister of Francis I of France, married the last count of Armagnac, who died without issue. Armagnac eventually passed to her second husband, Henri d'Albret, king of Navarre, whose grandson became King Henry IV. Henry added Armagnac to the royal domain in 1607.
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In a region where ducks outnumber people 500 to 1, it's not surprising that the methods used to create Armagnac are very traditional: many Armagnac stills are heated by open wood-fueled fires.
The Armagnac Mixit uses hazelnut syrup, while the version with Cognac adds jasmine to play up the spirit's floral notes.
Brandy is fine to use instead of Armagnac if that is what you've got.
We serve our pudding with prunes and my main tip for this would be to soak the prunes in the armagnac or brandy for at least 36 hours.
Prune and armagnac ice cream is another one of my favourite recipes.
Over the next four months, the importer plans to hold discussions with retailers about its newly signed spirits brands and in particular Armagnac, which has a limited presence in the supermarkets.
To that end, we organized the first Armagnac-only pairing dinner ever hosted by an Armagnac house.
Immediately after watching the Prix de l'Abbaye yesterday, I went outside, parked my Renault in the middle of the road to create a huge traffic jam, drowned next door's cat in armagnac and ate it, and then urinated openly in the street.
65-6) the era of the notorious case of Jean, count of Armagnac, who was turned down by the royal court in his attempt to marry his sister Isabelle, the mother of his three children; while the King was obviously intent on and successful in seizing the property of a powerful rival, marriage to a sister Ribordy concludes was thought by all to be going too far.
For brandy connoisseurs, there is Armagnac, France's premier brandy.
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The team tested the effects of an alcohol-free, freeze-dried extract of 12-year-old Armagnac on in vitro human platelet adhesion, and gave it to rats for 2 weeks to test its antithrombotic effects, both with positive results (Thromb.