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Armorik Distillery France

Armorik Sherry Cask

Review of Armorik Breton whisky in ex-Sherry Oloroso casks.

Origin: France (Bretagne)
Type: Single Malt Breton Whisky
Gradation: 46%ABV
Ageing barrels: Ex-Sherry Oloroso first fill
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: Distillerie Warenghem
Average price: € 50.00
Official website: distillerie-warenghem.com
Vote: 79/100

Since I discovered it some time ago, I have developed a passion for the whiskies of this Breton distillery.
Well-balanced, presented ‘au naturel’, with a new, minimalist design (a little reminiscent of certain recent Scotch trends) and excellent value for money.

A whisky matured entirely in Sherry will certainly turn the nose up at more than one person, who really can’t stand Spanish wine combined with whisky, and it’s true that the influence of complete ageing (not declared here but said to be around 5 years) is at risk of ‘sloshing’. Just pour it into the glass to find out….
Previously, there was a version finished in Sherry at the minimum alcohol content of 40%.

Amber in the glass.
Intense nose of dried dates, figs, sultanas, caramel, maple syrup, cooked apples, cinnamon. Sweetly sherried, textbook, at times a little exuberant.
The spicy opening, of cinnamon and a touch of ginger, reveals a consistency that is less thick than I would have expected, with an aromatic palette that is also here rather classic, of dried fruit, licorice, orange peel, a bitter touch of rhubarb. Slight persistence of wood.
The finish is moderately long and dry, with a hint of saltiness on the cinnamon, liquorice and wood.

A “predictable” whisky, not very incisive, offering what is expected without any flashes or particular personality, due to its youth and the lack of balance in the influence of the casks. It certainly confirms the perplexity of those who don’t like this kind of maturation, for others it is a drink that doesn’t leave a mark.

Other bottlings in the blog:
Armorik Classic
Armorik Double Maturation
Armorik Yeun Elez

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