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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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  • Tuesday, 05 January 2016 09:35

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #6

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    Location: Cru, Queenstown Hilton, New Zealand

    Date: December 2015

    Price: $22 NZD (15 USD)

    Recipe: No recipe, bartender told me he used Sazarac rye

    Garnish: Cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: Mixed for me upon request, not on cocktail menu.  Good but great which was a small surprise as I really like Sazarac rye.  

    What is this about? Check out  http://www.somanywhiskies.com/item/749-the-manhattan-project-ii

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    Lagavulin 1995 Distillers Edition

    This expression is finished in sweet Pedro Ximenez casks.  The nose has a lot of peat, in fact I couldn't find much else except a hint of fruitiness.  The taste is sweet, very sweet, but smooth.  It has caramel and spices and a little mint.  The sherry dries out the finish, pepper remains and some peat of course.  Right at the end the juicy fruit note from the nose reappeared.  Overall I haven't found my Lagavulin "go to" dram, this isn't it.  I will keep looking though.