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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, 16 May 2012 15:42

    The Least Worst Musings So Far....

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    I am leaving on a short trip to Kentucky while enjoying a short break from work (and my blog) and planning the next stage of my whisky adventures including starting to host tastings in Houston and adding a Whisky History Timeline to this webpage.  However I thought I would post some links to some of what I think are my better efforts of last year or so until I get back with lots of new whiskey and distillery reviews.

     

    Return of the Dinosaurs?

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/blog/item/71-return-of-the-dinosaurs?

     

    What's the Color of Whisky?

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/blog/item/116-whats-the-color-of-whisky?

     

    A Whisky Bubble May Be Out There

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/blog/item/127-a-whisky-bubble-maybe-out-there

     

    Whisky Tasting Grades: Are You A Black Belt?

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/blog/item/186-whisky-tasting-grades-are-you-a-black-belt?

     

    Cowboy Whiskey: Gimme a shot of rye

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/blog/item/255-cowboy-whiskey-gimme-a-shot-of-rye

     

    Deanston and the Power of Suggestion

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/blog/item/257-deanston-and-the-power-of-suggestion

     

    Location, Location, Location

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/blog/item/233-just-like-real-estate-sometimes-whisky-is-about-location-location-location

     

     

     

     

     

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