It’s not a secret that I have a soft spot for Armorik. It was with good reason that my buddy Imanuel and I bottled a single cask in MMM’s Animal Series. But that was a port cask. This is something completely different. It is a 4 year old that matured on a mix of boubon cask and cask made of the local oak: Brittany oak. Dervenn, by the way, it the Britton word for oak – just so you know. The nose is sweet and sour on gooseberries, mirabelles and a hint of pineapple, but also quite a bit of wood. That is undoubtedly the Brittany oak. It gives off a vegetal bitterness that I am quite fond of. Then some roots and vanilla. It smells young with loads of sweet malt, but unfortunately turns somewhat sour rather quickly. The mouth feel is more than okay and there is no sourness on the palate. Sweet and sour like agrums, sure. Loads of oaky spices. Yes, the spiciness becomes quite grand: pepper, ginger, salted liquorice and oak. Midpalate it settles down and becomes sweeter again on vanilla with a hint of café frappe. The finish is surprisingly long with a warm spiciness. On the palate and certainly in the finish, this is a powerful malt, but the nose was a tad to sour tob e fulfilling. Around 55 EUR.