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Armorik Edition Originale

Irreversible whiskey from Breton

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@RantavahtiReview by @Rantavahti

2nd Apr 2013


Armorik Edition Originale
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Armorik Edition Originale — Breton Single Malt was very rugged. At the same time it was very light. All the aromas and taste come across very lightly with a strong alcohol effect, even though it only has 40% ABV. This is very strange for a single malt, it's like Vanessa Paradis singing a heavy metal version of 'Joe Le Taxi'.

Armorik's original edition brought the French movie Irreversible into my mind. Like the movie, Armorik gave me few delicate moments buried in the roughness. Irreversible is very violent and disturbing almost all the way throughout the movie. But in the end it demonstrates the softer side of human beings.

And because Irreversible tells it's story in reverse-chronological order, the story is kinda like Armorik. Starting lightly and showing the dark side at midway and in the very end. I must say that the movie was much better than this whiskey.

Nose: Light and stingy at the same time. Floral aromas come lightly with the strong alcohol notes.

Taste: Spicy citrus with wood and hints of toast.

Finish: Light on the taste but very rough on your throat, burning sensation hits you seconds after you've drank it.

Balance: Nothing here to mention, rugged alcohol but a lightly taste isn't a great single malt. Very weird that this has won the silver medal at the Los Angeles Spirits Competition in 2008.

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Rantavahti commented

This also earned 91 points in the new edition of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible

11 years ago 0

olivier commented

There might be some confusion; there is the "Original" (40% abv) and the "Classic" (46% abv). Never tried the "Original" but I did try the "Classic" and it is really good.

10 years ago 0

Rantavahti commented

Jim Murray has reviewed 3 Armorik's: Armorik Single Cask, 5YO and just plain Armorik. The last one was marked 40% ABV and scored an amazing 91 points. I'm usually not a fan of the young and fruity ones so my scoring is very harsh. Would like to try that Classic, is it much different from the original?

10 years ago 0

Victor commented

@Rantavahti, did you consider that maybe you got a bottle from one of the older batches of Armorik 40%, which made Jim Murray "blanch", and following FROM which Jim Murray declared that 91 rated Armorik "one of the MOST IMPROVED malts in the world"?

That might easily explain the cognitive dissonance.

10 years ago 0

Rantavahti commented

Well, that surely sounds like a logical explanation!

10 years ago 0