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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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    BenRiach Authenticus 21 year old

    The nose is peaty, but with some floral notes, and also some vanilla.  Like the better peated whiskies,  this nose suggests that there is more than just smoke to come.  The taste is peat led and phenolic, and the 21 years in cask also shows up with lots of oak spice, without being woody.  There are some sweet treats hidden in the taste like barley sugar and fruit.  Nice, dry finish with tingle of peat and the alcohol can be detected at 46% ABV. No balance issues, but not sure what this trying to be... a big peat monster or a spicy, fruity speyside with a peat back note.  Seems to fall somewhere between the two and doesn't quite do it for me. I prefered the peated 10 year old expression because I got more of the fruity spirit and less peat and oak.