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Armorik is produced by Warenghem, in Brittany, France, not too far away from the Glann ar Mor distillery. Their Classic matured on refill bourbon barrels.
I immediately have the feeling I am nosing new make, so rough and young is the smell. But it also has a truckload of vanilla and some citrus. Mildly spicy. A bit floral. Some sweet butter in the background. Nothing earth-shattering, but not bad either.
It arrives on the palate somewhat creamy. Immediately it is quite hot with loads of pepper and nutmeg. This is quite sharp, actually. The citrus is joined by a hint of banana and even some dried peach. But the floral elements balance between flowers and soap – this is a big no-no. Pity!
The finish is very spicy on all kinds of woodspice, with even a hint of smoke. Mercifully short.
The nose and finish were ok and it started well enough on the palate. But as soon as you get the soapiness on the tastebuds… it’s over. Do not waste your money.