Armorik Breton Single Malt Classic
Armorik // Brittany, France, France
Situated on a peninsula between the English Channel to the north and the Bay of Biscay, France's Armorik was well-known for distilling liqueurs and elixirs before they got into the whisky game in 1987. The single malt they produce spends time in former sherry casks. Originally bottled at 40% this is now bottled at 46%.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
"A good example of a whisky that is young but not raw, retaining just enough youth to give it a rugged edge. Honey, apples, and chocolate on the nose, with a hint of sea air. That sea air asserts itself in the taste, in which sea salt, caramel, and biscuits war with youthful, assertive grain. Not entirely refined or wholly balanced, but well-suited for dramatic weather. "