Origin: France (Bretagne)
Type: Single Malt Breton Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: No
Owner: Distillerie Warenghem
Average price: € 50.00
Official website: distillerie-warenghem.com
A special edition limited to 2,000 bottles to celebrate the Breton distillery’s 20th anniversary in 2019, this whisky takes its name from the archipelago opposite the Côte de Granit Rose, an enchanting place like so many found in Brittany.
First peated version for the distillery, at a level of 50ppm (so, on paper, not exactly a lamb), at the usual 46% strength and all natural.
Straw yellow in the glass.
All those 50 ppm are shy on the nose, melting into a fruit compote (peach, apricot, apple) on fragrant shortcrust pastry. Lemon cream, honey and cereals complete the picture of a classic profile, where the peat becomes a faint medicinal note in the background with just a hint of smoke.
It’s on the palate that we find the toasting, in its most vegetal soul, like freshly cut wood thrown into the fire. More fruit, almonds, nutmeg, lemon zest, honey and lots of cereal. Very dry and mineral in length.
The finish is quite long and salty with dried fruit, spices and a hint of smoke.
A whisky difficult to pin down, outside the usual Scottish peat schemes (with which it has very little in common) and with unusual harshness. Perhaps it pays its youthfulness, but it offers a new and interesting experience.