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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, 09 April 2017 07:57

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #28

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    Location: Roast, Borough Market, London, UK

    Date: March 2017

    Price: 12 GBP ($14.85 USD)

    Recipe: Buffalo Trace, Dubonnet and Peychaud's bitters

    Garnish: Mashed up Blackberries

    Served: Up

    Comments: Technically this was a little "off piste" as a Manhattan with blackberries and Dubonnet but I liked it....

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

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    Gordon and MacPhail Glenlivet 70 year old

    I really did get to try a 70 year old Glenlivet, distilled in 1940, at the Victoria Whisky Festival in 2012.   The nose is incredibly sweet and fresh with fresh paint and bubble gum notes I usually associate with young, sweet bourbons.  I could also detect pineapple, like charred pineapple that has been cooked on grill.  The taste is led by the sherry butt notes, and as you might expect for 70 years in a cask... complex. I also got some pineapple in the taste and then the finish was pepper with leather and smoke (in those days the malt for The Glenlivet would have been lightly peated or smoked unlike today).  Not at all woody or oaky. 

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