"During his reign in the 10th century, King Gagik I of the Bagratuni dynasty chose to build a luxurious royal residence on Akhtamar Island, situated on Lake Van in the heart of the medieval Duchy of Greater Armenia. The spacious palace was surrounded by gardens and orchards. The name of the island was inspired by the legend of Princess Tamar and her love for a handsome young man who drowned in the harsh waters of Lake Van with the words 'Ah, Tamar'.
"Beautiful amber color with a touch of copper. Lively and elegant aroma. Beeswax, hazelnut and oak bark with traces of vanilla and dried plum dominate the bouquet. Rounded, hidden, sweetish taste unfolds gradually offering you a temptingly long aftertaste. Light dryness in the end is counter-balanced by shades of cinnamon. " —producer
"The legendary Nairi people inhabited the Kingdom of Urartu that stretched along the shores of Lake Van. The 'Country of Rivers', a rival of the Assyrian Empire, consisted of 23 affluent regions. One of the most powerful ones was the 'Land of Nairi', the forerunner of today's Armenia, renowned for its impregnable capital Tushpa. To ensure adequate supplies of fresh water the city had a 70-kilometer long canal, which allowed it to withstand many long sieges.
"Beautiful deep dark amber color. Pleasing glow and spotless transparency. Harmonious, silky, complex and refined texture. Balsamic fragrance and transition to cedar tones. Rich and complex taste with a pleasant long-lasting aftertaste. Refined combination of fried bread and cloves is counterbalanced by tinges of cinnamon and honey." —producer
"The Mighty Ani, the capital of the Bagratuni Kingdom, was first mentioned by Armenian chroniclers in the 5th century as the 'city of 1001 churches' or 'city of forty gates.' It was already the most important hub of its time for the various caravans journeying along the Silk Road, and the population of Ani reached as many as two hundred thousand people. The capital of the Bagratuni Kingdom rivaled the greatest cities of the time — Constantinople, Baghdad and Cairo. Its numerous temples, palaces and fortifications were amongst the most technologically and architecturally advanced in Europe. The main gate of the city that survived to this day depicts a leopard — the symbol of Ani. Ani is an amber color with a spark of chocolate. Bright, spicy and fresh aroma. Light overtones of orange and vanilla with a touch of almond in the bouquet. Intense and long-lasting taste. Clearly expressed sweetness makes it more rounded. Transition to the shades of lemon and dried fig, slightly acidic aftertaste." —producer
"The delightful 10-year-old brandy Dvin is the first masterpiece of the ArArAt Exclusive Collection, created in 1945 by Markar Sedrakyan, master-blender of the Yerevan Brandy Company. The legendary blend named after the legendary medieval capital of Armenia, Dvin is the embodiment of a new bright and modern image. The crown of the Arshakids represents a new symbol, the reigning dynasty during Dvin's most prosperous times. Merchant caravans were a reminder of several centuries when Dvin was an important trading center on the Great Silk Road, and one of the greatest cities in the Oriental world, known for its incredible luxury. The heritage and wealth of the medieval city is reflected in the magnificence and complexity of this unique brandy. Thanks to extra-long ageing in oak barrels, Dvin acquires a rich amber color with nuances of deep mahogany. The subtle aroma of cloves is ideally balanced by the notes of dried fruit, and the bright tinges of forest nuts reveal the spicy, rich flavor of the brandy." —producer
"The flawless Ararat Erebuni blend is made up of more than thirty rare and vintage spirits that have been biding their time in the cellars of the Yerevan Brandy Company. They impart the brandy its rich amber color with touches of mahogany. The oldest spirit in the blend dates back to 1934 and underscores the exceptional status of this brandy. The precious blend of Ararat Erebuni 30-year-old brandy features exquisite fragrance and velvety flavor. The aroma of dried fruit gently and harmoniously combines with hints of toasted hazelnut, delivering the pleasant tartness of aged oak combined with apricot and smoky plums." —producer