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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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  • Tuesday, 31 December 2013 20:32

    London Distillery Company Update: "Luke Warm" Off The Press

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    If I ever had an opportunity to break a real whisky story on my website this was probably it... and I blew my chance so badly I have made the ObamaCare website look organised and efficient.  As I mentioned in an earlier blog I am a very minor shareholder in The London Distillery Company ( http://www.somanywhiskies.com/blog/item/390-living-the-dream ).  I took my first tour of the facility in September 2012 before construction had really begun and have since visited Darren and Andrew at the TLDC on at least 3 occasions.  Considering this and the fact that Darren and the team started the historic malt spirit production on December 12th 2013, an event I had prior notice of and also access to exclusive "behind the scenes" photos like I have used in this blog, you would think as a whisky blogger trying to make his bones I would have got around to writing something about this before now.  Well the truth is many people covered the story much better than I could (with very notable exception of @whiskycast ... what gives?).  Being a businessman first and blogger second I am rather glad that the BBC and Reuters were breaking this event rather than a second rate blogger living in Texas.  If you are interested (I really hope you are) I have attached some of the way better, and much more timely, coverage at the time.  Happy new year.

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