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Glann ar Mor Kornog Sant Erwan 2013

Cod Oil

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

13th Oct 2016


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You will have to forgive me, but this is only my second Kornog, the peaty Breton whisky from Glann ar Mor. The previous one, the Kornog Taouarc'h Prevared 10SC (seriously, can anyone pronounce this?), was very much to my liking. This Sant Erwan is bottled in honor of Saint Yves (Sant Erwan in the local tongue), the local saint. Despite the fact that it matured on first fill bourbon barrels, this is a very pale fellow. Nice, smoky and fruity nose on pineapple, banana and vanilla, but also stable scents and – which I find a bit of a shame – quite some new make-y notes. This is probably very young stuff. Liquorice and white pepper, yeast and onbaked bread. Loads of earthy notes too. Not bad, but not really very good either. Quite difficult, in fact. Nicely creamy with a good mouth feel. But next to the earthy notes, I now get the peat first (although less outspoken than on the nose), loads of vanille with just a hint of the fruit that was so rich on the nose. Reminds me a bit of young Ardmore or Caol Ila. Normally that is a good thing as I quite like those single malts. But this one turns very very sweet from the second sip on. Crystal sugar on smoke, should such a think exist. Then some seaweeds and oyster sap. Cod oil! No, this is going the wrong way. The finish is medium long, sweet and smoky. I confess, this does not rock my boat. Does not even come close to the unpronounceable Taouarc’h. Not bad, do not get me wrong. But far from being a stunner.

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