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Eddu Brocéliande

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

7th Sep 2021

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Eddu Brocéliande
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  • Brand: Eddu
  • ABV: 43%

Practice makes perfect. When I tried some of the Eddu whisky a few years back, I was not impressed. But they have improved significantly since then. Take this 2021 release of their Eddu Brocéliande for example (which appeared in 2013 for the first time). Eddu is produced by the French Distillerie des Menhirs in Brittany. Founded in 1986, but whisky distilling only started in 1998. As Eddu is actually the Britton word for buckwheat, you’ll realize we’re tasting a grain whisky. Brocéliande is the name of the enchanted forest from the Arthur legends, about an hour’s drive from the distillery. Merlin is rumored to be buried there. Anyway… the whisky first matured five years on casks from the Limousin region before being finished on Breton oak made from trees from the enchanted forest.

Very aromatic nose. Candy and flowers. Coronation and hyacinth in combination with the purple violet candy and light brown sugar. That is upholstered with some dried apricots and a hint of roasted almonds. Soft spices. Think vanilla and cinnamon. Quite a unique nose, if you ask me. Very entertaining.

The body is a bit light, admittedly, but on the palate I get nice notes of flowers, vanilla, unripe pineapple, apricots, mirabelles and a nice warm spiciness of the Breton oak. The whole maintains a nice balance.

In the medium long finish I get an uppercut of cassis. Drying towards the end.

Special, unique and enchanting taste experience. This whisky won the title Best French Grain at the 2020 World Whisky Awards. I’m not surprised. Jim Murray score dit 92.5 in his ‘bible’. That does surprise me (or does it?). But this Eddu has certainly conquered its place on my whisky shelf. Exciting stuff.

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