A year ago during a remarkable tasting evening at The Auld Alliance in Singapore, I first encountered Glann ar Mor‘s peated Kornog from Bretagne, France.
Raving about the distinctive character of the special cask strength Kornog bottled exclusively for The Auld Alliance, I put the word out to our traveling Whisky Ladies to track down another Kornog.
Sure enough, one of our lovely lasses special ordered a Kornog Taouarc’h Trived 10 BC in the UK that wandered its way home to India.
It featured as the 3rd whisky in our June 2016 European Tour…
Kornog Taourac’h Trived 10 BC 46%
- Nose – Banana split! Fruity, caramel, vanilla, smoke, chocolate, nutmeg
- Palate – Peat, bacon, buttery
- Finish – Chocolate chaser, sweet syrupy with a bacon edge
Think banana split with bacon sprinkles! Sounds strange but is actually quite delicious. The overall impression was of smokey caramel in the most delectable way. With peat hardly discernible on the nose it grew more pronounced on the palate and blossomed in the finish.
It had the most remarkable way of going from a fabulous fruity nose to dancing briefly along the palate to flounce immediately into a wonderful finish.
This Kornog lived up to my hope of a completely distinctive character – in many ways it is rather roguishly reflective of what one thinks of about Brittany. One of our Whisky Ladies lived many years in France and without a doubt, this was her favourite whisky of our tour!
Best quote of the evening?
“How did you go from being a perfect gentlemen to getting my bra off like that?”
While there are few reviews of this Kornog and no official online tasting notes from the distillery, Jim Murray rated the Kornog Taouarc’h Trived 12 BC at a whopping 95. Even if you are not fan of Mr Murray, we would agree this particular Kornog is worth giving a go!
Other whiskies sampled during our European tour included:
- Finland – Teerenpeli 10 year 43%
- Denmark – Braunstein’s Danica NAS 42% (unpeated)
- Germany – Slyrs 51 NAS 51%
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