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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, 03 July 2017 12:48

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #33

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    Location: Quinto la Huella, EAST Hotel, Miami, USA

    Date: June 2017

    Price: $19.05 (Listed at $15.00 then came tax, service charge etc)

    Recipe: Did not see but they asked which Bourbon.... I chose Makers Mark

    Garnish: Maraschino cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: Did not stand out for such an expensive version.  Maybe not the best choice of bourbon for a Manhattan (no rye content).

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

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