Since then, I’ve been curious to try more if and when the opportunity presents. When I purchased the Vita Dulcis 2020 Whiskey International Advent Calendar, it was specifically for the strong European representation in the offerings. My hope was this Armorik would be something new, however I was equally happy to revisit the Double Matured too.
Same approach as before – the whisky is double matured between local french oak barrels and ex-sherry casks for an undisclosed number of years.
What did I find the in 2020 version?
- Nose – Much like I found before – light cereal, apples with a citrus twist, honey sweetness
- Palate – Oh! This was unexpected! It started off good and spicy. Then settled down, woody, apple sauce with light cinnamon
- Finish – Spice comes back, mellowing into honey with almost a touch of smoke or bitterness at the tail end
Is it complex? No. But is it interesting? Yes.
I sampled this a night after being introduced to another trio from France – courtesy of Maison Benjamin Kuentz. I couldn’t help but compare the two “Bretagne” offerings – Aveux Gourmand (sheer divine decadence!) and the more restrained Armorik Double Maturation. More on Maison Benjamin Kuentz in the coming weeks but suffice to say… my interest in French whisky is fully re-piqued!
As for Armorik? After 20 years, their bottle label design got a nice refresh in 2018 – clean, straight forward and far more elegant than their earlier label.
And the price? It has risen a bit – now in the EUR 48 – 58 range – however not something that will ‘break the bank.’
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