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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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  • Sunday, 28 October 2012 16:23

    What's new Pussycat?

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    Well I have finally completed my website "upgrade" and if you are reading this then it has gone live.  So what's new?  Well as I mentioned in an earlier blog I removed all "scores" from my whisky reviews.  I won't repeat my reasons here but if you are interested you can read it at http://www.somanywhiskies.com/blog/item/379-whisky-in-the-wild-why-i-won’t-be-scoring-whiskies-anymore.

    I made three other changes.  First I added a Whisky Timeline which is pretty self explanatory but I don't just cover whisky events as I feel to understand the development and history of whisky it is important to see it in context of other events.  I have focussed on the history of UK, Ireland and the USA and their whiskies (apologies to Canada and Japan) but I am sure over time I will be able to build out a global timeline.  I have used several references in building the timeline and from time to time applied some of my own subjectivity, but if you have suggestions, corrections or questions please reach out to me through the Contact Us link and we can discuss.   I still have much to add but wanted to draw a line under it and "go live" so you can expect it to develop further over next few weeks.

    I have also decided to try and review all 101 whiskies from Ian Buxton's latest book "101 World Whiskies to Try Before you Die" and I will track that on the So Many Whiskies web page as well.  I really enjoyed the challenge of finding all 101 from his first book and so I have taken on the next book.  I suspect this will be a lot harder to complete (I guess it will take at least 18 months) and in some cases finding the exact expression from the book may also be difficult but where I have to make a judgement call,  as I am sure I will from time to time, I will be transparant in the review and I may also go to the source itself, Ian Buxton who has been very gracious to me in his communications, and get his "official approval" that I did indeed complete the list.  I am also going to enlist some help from my whisky buddy Jeff, whom I met on WhiskyCast Virtual tastings, and will share our thoughts on these whiskies.

    Finally I added a Tastings tab.  I hope to start running whisky tasting events, maybe a club, in Houston (and who knows where else) going forward and will post pictures and details of these events on this page.  Nothing is firm or scheduled yet but if you are interested please get in touch.

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