Bonjour á mes vieux.
Aujourd’hui I’m covering un whisky francais et peppering le blog avec mon mal French.
Pourquoi? You might ask.
Well on 14th July 1798 a certain building was besieged by a crowd demanding liberté, égalitié et fraternité. All very noble aspirations that I like to bring to my whisky tastings.
Liberté in that any country is free to fabriqué whisky in any style and manner they wish.
Égalitié, I like to taste all whiskies from wherever and whomever they hail from in an unbiased & non prejudiced way as possible et
Fraternitié in that whisky brings people together & is enjoyed on a worldwide basis
Je vous donne;
Bastille 1789 Single Malt.
Fabriqué dans Angoulême by Jean-Marc Daucourt – le fils of une mère Irlandais et père Francais – I’d like to think some of that celtic heritage came through in the whisky.
Maison Daucourt use French barley mixed with local water for the distillation. This is then combined avec Limousin oak that has previously held a variety of the finest French wines for the maturation to give le whisky a unique terroir & taste magnifique all of it’s own.
A deep, dark almost earthy malt nose – as if from la sol francais – starts the experience off.
On first sipping a delicious mouth coating erupts in a frisson of flavours which roll around the palate. Fresh & floral yet earthy & rich. There is a certain depth & gravitas to this malt that just pulls you in.
The long finish leaves a lovely drying prickly heat with a soupçon of spice at the end.
Incroyable – as they say.
This whisky may mark a revolutionary event of the past where the old order was overturned. But for me it marks a revolutionary event of the present where the current accepted order of world whisky is being challenged by new entrants.
French whisky is growing très vite – there are up to 50 distillerie listed in a blog francais ici.
If Bastille 1789 Whisky is anything to go by – the old order needs to worry.