Type: Single Malt French Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon first and second fill, finished in ex-Cognac
Added coloring: No
Average price: € 53.00
Official website: www.amaethonwhisky.com
Having had the opportunity to try Armorik‘s basic whisky (soon to be followed by other expressions), we return to France to taste a whisky released just last year by Spiritique, a company that already produces gin, vodka and brandy.
Amaethon is the Celtic name of the god of agriculture, protector of the precious barley from which this whisky was made.
Only French barley was used for this expression, with ageing for an unspecified time in ex-Bourbon casks (one third first fill, two thirds second fill) and finishing for a few weeks in ex-Cognac casks.
Straw yellow in the glass.
And it’s the fragrant scent of cereals that greets the nostrils, in a fresh and herbaceous olfactory complex accompanied by orange peel, vanilla, honey, liquorice, lemon peel. Waxy notes that embrace the aromas, making the nose round and full while maintaining its freshness.
Soft and velvety on the palate, with walnuts, pears, citrus fruits, vanilla, honey, a touch of rhubarb and, of course, cereals in bread. The freshness of the nose has been lost a little, but on the other hand it gains in warmth and envelopment, with a slight peppery note that teases the aromas and keeps the attention high. Polished wood in the background.
Medium-long finish of walnuts, citrus, pears, pepper and wood astringency.
A young whisky, very young, but already showing a precise and smooth character, which would certainly benefit from a few more years, where the emphasis on cereals (and their provenance) is effectively highlighted.