French whisky? Why not in a world with Japanese, Australian, Welsh, German and every other country in the world it seems like now?
With so many distilleries popping up at the moment its hard to keep track and French whisky has fallen under my particular radar. Nevertheless, someone handed me a glass of Brenne and explained about the distillery while I was in Madrid.
Brenne French Single Malt 40%
Colour: Light Gold
Nose: Walking into an old style American sweet shop, bonbons, hard candy, sour sweets, any kind of green chewy sweet you can think of (apple, pear & lime), creme brûlée, slightly floral but it's a bit overwhelmed.
Taste: A tiny hint of a cognac spirit hit initially. Soft and delicate, very creamy, cream soda, sour apple chewy sweets then the bonbons and hard candies, lots of vanilla, creme brûlée.
Finish: Medium length. Even more vanilla, creamy, more oak here.
Very different style! Interesting stuff and a great surprise. Cognac still, 50% XO cognac barrels, 50% new French oak. Organic local barley too.
Amorik Maitre de Chai 47.3%
Nose: Creamily peated. Melted butter, toasted oak, yeasty with dough, toffee and fudge, shortbread biscuit.
Taste: Sweet initially, then developing peat smoke and fruit- raisin and brandy. Very good form.
Finish: Medium length. Fresh peat and lemon.
6 years old, 4 years in Bourbon and finished for 2 years in Sherry casks. I tasted this a long, long time ago and just hadn’t put my notes up on this, so they have done newer versions of this which are likely very different.
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