Since June 2015, I’ve spread feelers to track down something more from the Glann Ar Mor distillery…
Heck I have a friend who works for a global company with their headquarters in Paris. Surely she could find there when on a business trip?
Or another that has a chateau in France, how difficult would it be to locate on a jaunt between there and India?
Numerous other friends who travel back and forth between Europe and Asia…
How difficult could it be to track down just one more bottle?
Partly this challenge stems from questions around its continued existence. Earlier in 2015, the distillery announced it would close in August 2015. What?! No!! Say it isn’t so! With the rules on what does / does not qualify as a whisky from Bretagne, the distillery gained an extended lease on life.. however finding their whiskies? Remains elusive!
I originally tried their peated expression – Kornog – in June 2015 as part of a remarkable evening sampling 8 distinctive whiskies at The Auld Alliance.
Here is what we found:
Kornog 2013 58.7% bottled for The Auld Alliance
- Nose – Smooth flowers, garden greens, nail polish or varnish, very sweet – almost too sweet, smells light, bright and fresh… just couldn’t get beyond the sweet
- Taste – PEAT as in serious peat, horses kick kinda peat, with bitter tamarind, super sour yet also rich and creamy – may sound like a contradiction yet it works
- Finish – Smoooooth, warm, beautiful and simply delightful
- Impression – Has a distinctly different character. Superb. We speculated that it may be cask strength
Here is what they have to say about their Peated Single Malt from Breton:
“Born from fire, raised by the wind.”
Traditional pot-still distillation without chill-filtration or caramel colouring. Peated at about 35/40 PPM, it is matured in first fill “barrique” of ex Sauternes wine and first fill bourbon barrels.
Of all the world whiskies sampled, the Kornog stood out as memorable. I resolved to explore more from this distillery.
Why mention any of this at all?
Because one of our whisky ladies has acquired a bottle! Not sure yet when we will have an opportunity to try… or even how hers will compare with its cask strength cousin… however looking forward to sampling in due course!
PS – After that teaser, we tried the Kornog Taourac’h Trived 10 BC 46% – and it certainly did NOT disappoint!
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French whiskies intrigue me.
Had a champagne finished single malt from the Guillion Distillery of France which was certainly unique and very satisfying.
Looking forward to your review.
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I’m also impatiently waiting to see how the Kornog one of whisky ladies sourced fares. 🙂