This is a Armenian Brandy. It comes from the Yerevan region of Armenia. Armenian Brandy was a favorite of Winston Churchill. Dried fruits, apricots, raisins, vanilla, caramel, and almonds. A sweet, almost sherry-like smells, muscat/muscatel and other heavy intense grapes. Almost like a jam in intensity. Sweeter and thicker than French Cognac, with intense dark fruits, then black pepper and a mild, slightly hot finish. Lets you know you are drinking brandy. Much milder than the German brandies (Such as Asbach Uralt ) but same basic flavor profile in some ways.