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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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  • Friday, 15 March 2013 23:51

    Tennessee: The Perfect Birthday Gift

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    What do you give the man who has everything (well everything he wants) for his birthday?  If you are my wife you allow him to take his family to Tennessee for his birthday / spring break and visit both of the major distilleries working today.  Below are the links to my distillery tour notes and I have to say while Tennessee whisky has largely failed to impress me to date, I think that is changing now.  Some of Dickel products in particular impressed and I will post some tasting notes shortly. 

     

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/537-george-dickel-cascade-hollow-tennessee

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/536-the-jack-daniel-distillery-lynchburg-tennessee

     

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    Nose is soft with baked bread, spice (maybe ginger bread) and some dark fruit sweetness like raisins or prunes.  The taste is quite harsh at first, white pepper but that fades to reveal a complex and sweet interior, golden syrup, honey, even malt.  A long oak but not harsh finish, better at the end than the beginning.  With water I found it thinned out and the oakiness came up to the point of being bitter, the delicious sweet notes were masked by oak.  Definately pass on the water on this.