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Distillerie des Menhirs distillery Eddu France Whisky from 50 to 100 euros

Eddu Silver

Review of a Breton whisky made from buckwheat

Origin: Bretagne (Francia)
Type: Breton Whisky
Gradation: 43%ABV
Ageing casks: Ex-Cognac
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: Distillerie des Menhirs
Average price: €60.00
Official website: www.distillerie.bzh
Vote: 83/100

Five generations have succeeded one another in running this distillery in Plomelin, a small commune located in Finistère in Brittany, with a passion that goes back to 1921 when Francès Le Lay bought an “itinerant” still for distilling cider brandy, with the tradition later carried on by his sons Guillaume and René.
It was not until 1986 that Guy Le Lay gave up his teaching career to found, with his wife Anne-Marie, the Distillerie des Menhirs, which soon became famous for launching the first Brittany pommeau (an alcoholic beverage made from apple juice and brandy) that same year and the first lambig (cider distillate) three years later.
We had to wait until 2002 for the arrival of the distillery’s first whisky, Eddu, made entirely in the region in every aspect of production.
Keeping faith with their pioneering spirit, they chose to make the distillate from a type of (not really) cereal that had never been used before: buckwheat (blé noir in French, eddu in Breton). And it was not such an obvious choice, given that its agricultural yield is four times lower than that of barley, and its alcohol content half as much.

This Silver is the progenitor of their production, initially made at 40% proof, which underwent a total restyling in 2020 along with the entire portfolio, with five years of ageing in ex-Cognac casks.

Tasting notes

A very fresh apple emerges immediately on the nose, very close to cider, with a slight acidic background note to dilute a sweet and fruity profile of apricot, lychee, wild strawberry, lemon zest. The bouquet expands with an infusion of herbs and flowers along with balsamic honey candy. Intriguing.
Fairly light-bodied, in the mouth apple and citrus intertwine with more herbaceous tones, lots of white fruit (gooseberry in particular) emerges, together with nuts, honey, spicy touches (coriander and cinnamon), fennel seeds and a slight mineral note.
The finish is not very long and dry, inevitably of apples, apricots, grapes, wood and cinnamon.

A whisky difficult to pin down, with very particular and original connotations even if not particularly incisive. Simple yet different, perhaps it pays a certain youthfulness but has a profile that deserves attention.

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