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Warenghem Breizh Whisky

Three French Whiskies - Part I

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

21st Jan 2018


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  • Brand: Warenghem
  • ABV: 42%

Even though it was founded in 1900, Warenghem Distillerie of Britanny, didn't start making whisky until 1999 (before that, like most European distilleries, they made cider and brandies). Unlike most blends, which combine malt and grain whiskies from other distilleries, this whisky is all from the one source. Breizh is 50% malt and 50% grain.

The colour is a light gold. Stone fruits on the nose (peach, apricots) with honeycomb, vanilla, light cream and honeydew. Some wood smoke announces the oak. Buttered pastry. Lemon Life Savers. A drop of water adds more wood smoke - and wood polish. A tad sweet but very nicely balanced between the gentle oak and the sweet malt.

Unassuming on the palate, with lighter honey, peach nectar and white pepper. Herbal with some lavender. Thin mouthfeel. Like the nose, well balanced but it's just too flat - unless you add a drop of water, which ups the malt, spice and oak. Even though it's only 42% ABV, water changes things quite a bit.

The finish is very gentle with more white pepper and soft vanilla. While this shows some nice honey and vanilla notes, it really needs more oomph to make a greater impact.


Nozinan commented

I first tried this at your place and found it quite fruity and flavourful. Unfortunately the sample I had from you wasn't as enjoyable when I got around to reviewing it. Is this the same bottle or a more recent one?

4 years ago 0

Robert99 commented

@talexander I had that one but I had a so-so bottle. I usually like this distellery for its gentle wood but that Breizh bottle of mine was edgy not in a good way.

4 years ago 0

talexander commented

@Nozinan It was the same bottle, so it had been open for a very long time. Perhaps that contributed to the "flatness". I have to be more on top of my writing...

4 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

@talexander In that case, clearly it was the company that made it better at your place.

4 years ago 0

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