World Whisky Day is fast approaching on Saturday the 19th May 2018.
As part of the build up I’m featuring a series of blogs – both old and new – over the next month focusing on a country from each letter of the alphabet – if possible – that makes whisky.
Today is F for French Whisky.
I first got a taste for French whisky back in 2015.
Who could have resisted a champagne finished single malt from the wonderful Guillon Distillery which has been actively making whisky using locally grown barley cut with locally sourced water since 1997?
A gloriously sweet floral hit of champagne mixed with more earthy malt greeted you on first nosing.
Sadly the floral notes seemed to evaporate on tasting. Whilst you were left with a perfectly agreeable soft single malt – you were still expecting more from that initial delightful nose.
Their Cuvée 46 offering was a more traditional expression and also enjoyable.
Aged in French wine casks – the nose didn’t dominate the tasting experience and an overall more balanced & fruity single malt got the thumbs up.
I’d be very happily ‘Lost In France’ checking out their whiskies!
Now the French enjoy a whisky or two.
It’s a big market.
Quite how Brexit is going to change this situation is unclear.
But when I pop over for a holiday later in the year I’ll certainly be looking forward to exploring the output from some of the reported 40 French whisky distilleries operating or opening in the country.
Tres bon, n’ect-ce pas?
Merci to Distillerie Guillon for the header image.