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Michel Couvreur Fleeting single cask distilled 1993

A belgian independent bottler of scotch in France

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@StefanReview by @Stefan

17th Oct 2009


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  • Brand: Michel Couvreur
  • ABV: 45%

The first time I tasted this one was on the Ghent Whisky Festival this year, and I loved it. However, it was the sixth or seventh one I tasted so in retrospect I didn't really trust my judgement anymore. Now I have added a bottle to my collection (bottle 1/750 by the way) and I must say that I'm not disappointed.

Maybe first some background. Michel Couvreur is a belgian(!) independent bottler who ages scotch whiskies in his caves in Burgundy. The big difference with other scotch whiskies are the casks used for ageing. Normal scotch whisky casks are dried and pasturised before being transported to Scotland, the casks used by Michel Couvreur are still wet.

The Fleeting is aged on a Pedro Ximenez sherry cask and this really comes through in the nose and palate. It has a strong sugary nose (sugar cane actually) with a hint of flowers. It tastes like caramel which reminds me a bit of bourbon. The finish is slightly sharp. I would certainly recommend it although it is not cheap (about € 80).

Oh, and make sure you have a corkscrew handy. The bottle is closed with a normal cork and sealed with wax.


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