Type: Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Sherry
Added coloring: No
Owner: Michel Couvreur
Average price: € 85.00
Official website: michelcouvreur-whisky.com
This time I have in my hands a blended made in France, more precisely in Burgundy at Bouze-lès-Beaune, with Scotch whiskies matured for at least 12 years.
Michel Couvreur is in fact an independent bottler who, since 1978, has relied on the principle that it’s the ageing barrels, rather than the origins and the hand of the master distiller, that give life to the many facets of whisky. Hence the desire never to declare the origin of the whisky.
Maturation begins in a Scottish castle he owns, Meldrum House near Aberdeen, and ends on French soil.
After the founder’s death in 2013, the work continues in the hands of the rest of the family and his brother-in-law Cyril Deschamps, in collaboration with Jean-Arnaud Frantzen, who continue along the path of experimentation with different casks, including those that have previously contained wine.
Several prestigious bottlings have been created, following the founder’s motto Virtute et opera, this bottle in particulare comes with an original and refined packaging, and the bottle itself, I must say, isn’t exactly practical to open.
Gold with amber highlights in the glass.
The nose is citrusy and fresh, with a grassy carpet on which lie apples, pineapple, ripe plums, hazelnuts, vanilla, light caramel. Impression of tobacco in the background. Very delicate and calibrated, the influence of sherry is maintained on soft tones in a classic and elegant profile.
A vinous viscosity at the mouth, very warm despite the not exactly exuberant alcohol content, it expresses more decisively the influence of the casks, declined in the aromas of cinnamon, sultanas, orange juice, prunes, almonds and vanilla. More tobacco in the background, with a hint of smoke and leather in the aftertaste, and a saline patina on the lips. Full-bodied and rich, with a varied but balanced aromatic palette.
The finish is long and rich, slightly smoky, with cinnamon, orange, plums, dried fruit and tobacco.
For those who think that blends don’t have much to offer, this bottle might change their minds: elegant and lively, with unexpected facets, it offers a fun, layered dram that shows all the care that went into its creation.