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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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  • Thursday, 03 December 2015 07:01

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #4

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    Location: Manhattan Grill, Hyatt Regency, Dubai

    Date: December 2015

    Price: 65 Dirhams ($17.70)

    Recipe: Makers Mark, Carpono Rosso, bourbon infused cherry

    Garnish: Menu said cherry but it came with lemon peel

    Served: Up

    Comments: Most expensive to date but good.  Balanced and not too sweet.  No mention of bitters in menu. 

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

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