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Bellevoye Bleu

If you had not of heard of this French blended malt you are not alone, because it was new to me as well when I saw it in the Air France Lounge in Paris.  A little online research suggests this is a blend of 3 single malts of different regions of France and finished in new French oak casks.  It is bottled at 40% ABV but nosed like it was much stronger.  Very feisty and malty with barnyard, floral and even perfurmed notes in the nose.  Hot and sweet on the palate with some flashes of toffee which were quickly masked by pepper and even a slightly acrid smokey note.  The finish has some chilli heat with a hint of lemon peel marmalade.  A splash of water improves it greatly, smooths out the grainy mouth feel and brings out some more fruity and sweet flavours.  It is not bad but posseses little elegance or sophistication so in that respect it is not a very French French whisky.

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  • Monday, 29 April 2019 03:29

    Out of the Wilderness

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    I am very happy to announce that I will returning to Houston Texas this summer after almost 4 years working overseas.   Most of that time has been spent in Dubai which has not been a great place to blog about whisky but once I am back in Texas I hope to refresh the website (which is well overdue) and promise to try and post more regular blogs and whisky reviews that everyone out there can then just ignore much more frequently.  In summary, everything will be just like it was before....

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    George Dickel Barrel Select

    This was perhaps my favorite find during our family trip to Tennesseee in March 2013.  Elegant and balanced it is a great advertisement for Tennessee whisky.  Yes that is correct, whisky with no "e".  That's the tradition in Cascade Hollow, home of George Dickel.  The nose has familiar hints of corn, fresh cut wood, paint and vanilla.  The taste is mellow and but complex, sharp citrus, hint of charcoal, cola and some sweet toffee and milk chocolate.  Delicious.  The finish has citrus, mint and gentle oak and flash of rye spice and cinnamon.  We drove over 1,300 miles on that trip.... this whisky alone was worth it.