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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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  • Saturday, 12 January 2019 08:34

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #44

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    Location: The Chart Room, QE2, Dubai, UAE

    Date: December 2018

    Price: 75 AED  ($20.42 USD)

    Recipe: Described as Bourbon whisky (no e) and Martini Rosso

    Garnish: Cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: As you might expect for the iconic QE2 it was excellent, balanced sweet and woody but perhaps missed the bitters

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

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    I find this blend's marketing strategy more than a little annoying.  Firstly they claim to be world's oldest distillery, they dont even claim to be the oldest whiskey distillery and use the date 1757 in their labelling.  I think they are wrong on a couple of counts.  I have to been to Mount Gay in Barbados  who claim to have been distilling since 1703 and secondly (and this is the the big one) the distillery is not operating.  Today this blend is manufactured at Cooley's.  There are plans to re-open but this to me is more than a little misleading.  As for the product?  Well I like the nose, it has stewed pears at first then some honey.  Sweet and fruity.  The taste is quite light, brown sugar, bananas, some vanilla and something I could not quite place, but almost metallic and not too pleasant.  The finish is spicier than taste would suggest, oaky and peppery which created some balance issues for me compared to the very light taste.  Maybe my issues with the marketing had an unfair negative impact on how I was predisposed to this one... but whatever the reason it didn't do anything for me.