It’s always interesting to try a new spirit that has a history, and yet at the same time offers uniqueness. Armorik is created at the Warenghem distillerie located in Lannion, France. Originally they produced an herbal elixir (still available today) and then moved on to fruit liqueurs and cremes. They began making blended whiskeys in 1987 and then tackled the single malt category in 1998. An unusual move, as they produce the only single malt whisky made in the Brittany region. It has paid off in spades though, as they have won several awards in such a short time.
The Classic Single Malt is un-chill filtered and aged in a blend of different agings from ex-bourbon and sherry casks. The Double Maturation is aged in French Oak and then rested in sherry for a final burst of sweetness.
Armorik Classic Single Malt (92 proof)
Visual: Pale gold.
Nose: Light smoke with sweet malty notes. Raisins, currents and brown bread.
Taste: Loads of smokey, yet sweet fruitiness up front. Delicate and petite.
Finish: Bright and crisp with a traditional Highland scotch feel. I’d be hard pressed to say that this wasn’t a Scotch in a blind tasting.
Overall: Smooth and with a nice clean flavor, this is a step above an entry-level whisky.
GSN Rating: B
Armorik Double Maturation (92 proof)
Visual: Medium copper.
Nose: Next to no smoke, but a rich yeasty whole wheat bread-like character.
Taste: A heavier mouthfeel than the Single Malt, with more of a sweet aged rum-like character. Some smoke comes through, but is subdued by the sweet sherry tonality.
Finish: Lingering sweet, caramel overtones with a classy richness.
Overall: Very, very good. I’m impressed. This is a world-class whisky.
GSN Rating: A
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