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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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  • Wednesday, 11 April 2018 08:59

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #39

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    Location: The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, India

    Date: April 2018

    Price: 700 Indian Rupee ($10.73 USD)

    Recipe: Listed as "American whiskey, Martini Rosso and Angosturo bitter"

    Garnish: Cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: Interesting twist which I liked a lot was glass rim was dipped in Bitters.  Key to Manhattan is balancing sweetness and punch of bitters and the "rimming" helped with that.

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

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