Origin: Brittany, France
Armorik whisky “Classic” is produced by the Warenghem distillery in Brittany, France. Brittany is a part of France with an innate Celtic culture and is considered to be one of the six Celtic nations, together with Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, Cornwall and Wales.
Armorik Classic is made from malted barley and granite filtered Breton water, and this wort is then fermented and distilled twice. The distillate is then aged on the coast of Brittany in bourbon and sherry barrels and whisky from these barrels is married together, un-chill filtered, to create Armorik “Classic”.
On the nose gentle vanillas meld with fresh cereal notes, creamy barley and chocolate coated raisins with hints of toasted coconut and dehydrated cranberries. The barley emerges after a while, husky and clean. On the palate the whisky is mouth-coating with a creamy layered texture that releases raisin and bourbon themed sugars, vanilla and cereal notes with undertones of spice that fade into a finish of chocolate coated macadamia nuts and a resurgence of the dried cranberry on the nose.
At $85 this is an excellent value French whisky that offers a youthful punch, but enough aging to showcase some complex and balanced wood notes. Delicious.