Thursday, November 25, 2010

ÉAUZE : Armagnac alchemy

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Thursday is market day in Éauze. Today there was a little extra to see – a marketing pavilion for Armagnac producers and a display of mobile stills, what they call l’alambic Armagnacais. That reminds me of the alchemist’s alembic for transmutation, now more commonly known as a retort in a chemist’s laboratory.

I wanted to explore these a bit more after I’d finished collecting groceries from the regular market stalls, but an icy rain set in which seemed to thrill no one but a certain Arctic companion who just wanted to dance in the streets.

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