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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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    Ardbeg Day

    This expression was being poured at my favorite whisky bar; Reserve 101 in Houston on May 24th 2012 to celebrate Ardbeg's first experiment in space.  As well as pouring this dram they parked a 20 ft Ardbeg rocket pulled by a tow truck outside the bar. These notes were based on quite a small pouring.... I will definately need to go back and try it again.  According the bottle this is less peaty than the standard Ardbeg 10 year old with notes of "vanilla, fudge, cloves and chocolate".   The nose has lots of smoke, salt and seaweed, smoked salmon even, immediately taking me back to Islay.  The taste is sweet with biscuits, vanilla and then some spices, mainly mint and cloves.  The smoke comes back in the very long finish and I did get some of the fudge notes described on the bottle in the finish but more like scottish tablet (a very sugary fudge).