Two more quick reviews today, this time for some random French whisky I tried a couple of years ago now.
Eddu is a whisky made at Distillerie des Menhirs in Brittany and started making whisky in 1998. But not from barley, from Buckwheat.
Weirdly, Buckwheat isn’t anything like Wheat because it isn’t a grass and, if anything, looks more like a flower. Anyway, the stuff has seeds (which are classed as ‘pseudocereals’) which can be malted, mashed and distilled. It is then distilled in a double distillation on a direct-fired Alembic-style still.
Eddu 'Silver' Buckwheat Whisky 40%
Nose: Calvados, really. Loads of red and green apple.
Taste: Yep, really Calvados-esque, a sweet style of Calvados, apple juice, red apple, green apple.
Finish: Short length.
No harshness but youthful. Really not sure I’d be able to pick out a specific flavour the Buckwheat is bringing to the table. Really can’t give this an amazing score as a whisky though, partially because it tastes more like Calvados.
Eddu 'Gold' Buckwheat Whisky 43%
Nose: Toffee, vanilla, apple, some oak. A little deeper than the Silver.
Taste: Toffee apples, soft spice, more mature than the silver but still not a huge amount of complexity.
Finish: Medium length. Some oak.
Very apple-y again, which perhaps is the style of the whisky or from the Buckwheat. Either way, if you like apples and/or Calvados you’ll likely enjoy these.
Thanks for reading!
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65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good
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