Armorik — Whisky Breton — February 7th, 2012

Tasting Notes

Armorik Breton Whisky is a French true single malt distilled from peat smoked barley, which is malted and fermented in true Celtic fashion. It is distilled twice in copper stills and aged slowly in Sherry and Port casks, and bottled at 80 proof after cutting with local water. Armorik boasts a truly unique, perfectly rounded flavor with a strong cask influence. It is moderately peated with a fruit-driven palate framed in subtle spice and salty notes. Round, mellow, yet rich in the mouth. The Celtic tradition in Brittany is long and cultural ties to their northern cousins is clear with this wonderful single malt.

The combination of malted barley, water and Breton granite is subjected to a double Distillation. The whiskey is aged for many years in oak barrels in the distillery cellars. The whiskey is then transferred to sherry casks for further maturation.

This 4 year old was matured in bourbon barrels with a slight sherry finish.

Colour: Gold

Nose: Notes of fruit (apple and citrus) are accompanied by toffee slightly woody notes and some marine saltiness.

Palate: A sweet attack and honeyed, slightly spicy, all enhanced by a beautiful pleasant woody, peaty smoke and (Iodine), emphasizing the fruit and honey heather.

Finish: Light on the smoke and cereals, rather long, highlights the notes of savory spice, iodine and anise.

About Al McColl

Co-Founder of The Pacific Whisky Society, and currently the Depository Archivist of PWS: Victoria.
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