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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, 13 May 2016 05:58

    Manhatten Project: Experiment #15

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    Location: Lawry's Prime Rib, Singapore

    Date: May 2016

    Price: $ 15 SGD ($10.92 USD)

    Recipe: Canadian Club, Sweet and Dry Vermouth (no bitters?)

    Garnish: Orange peel

    Served: Up

    Comments: Good value (for Singapore) and my first "perfect Manhattan" experiment

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

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