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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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  • Monday, 29 April 2019 03:29

    Out of the Wilderness

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    I am very happy to announce that I will returning to Houston Texas this summer after almost 4 years working overseas.   Most of that time has been spent in Dubai which has not been a great place to blog about whisky but once I am back in Texas I hope to refresh the website (which is well overdue) and promise to try and post more regular blogs and whisky reviews that everyone out there can then just ignore much more frequently.  In summary, everything will be just like it was before....

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    This was the first whiskey we sampled in the WhiskyCast "white whiskey" virtual tasting I did in December 2011.  (If you are interested you can download the audio file from iTunes or www.whiskycast.com.)   Despite a very high ABV of 62.5% the nose was not dominated by alcohol and was quite sweet.  I picked up a fresh paint and solvent notes and some cooked cereal, possibly corn.   The alcohol did come through in the taste along with sweet candy corn.  With water the alcohol dropped and I picked up some more discernible bourbon notes like caramel.   One for cocktails perhaps as I can't see anyone reaching for this to sip.  On the 1 to 5 scale of WhiskyCast I gave it a score of 2 and on my scale of 1 – 4 stars I gave it 1 star.