We began our explorations with (D’un) Verre Printanier... having every indication of being the lightest of our Maison Benjamin Kuentz trio with its glass of springtime.
(D’un) Verre printanier 46% (Maison Benjamin Kuentz)
- Colour – Light honey
- Nose – Well hello pear! Followed by fresh cut grass, light hay, a nice fruity floral vibe… notes of bergamot, then cereals, shifting from pear to white nectarine, rounding things out with white and green peppercorn
- Palate – Hmm… more of the cereals – think barley, a bit bitter even
- Finish – There but…
If this whisky had a ‘colour’ it would be a fresh verdant green! Truly quite ‘spring-like’, comes across as young and fresh.
We were tempted to skip adding water as it is already 46%, but thought, why not try? And thank goodness we did. Wow!
- Nose – Lots of pear returns, dripping with honey, and the floral? Think dew on honeysuckle. Vanilla custard, marshmallows
- Palate – Delicious! Yes there is a bright pepper yet also toffee
- Finish – Sweet pepper
Without water, it came across as a bit ‘young’ or ‘raw’… with a splash of water, the cereals disappeared into the background, allowing the sweet fruity floral elements to really shine.
Overall we found this whisky fresh and fun. A brilliant way to whet the appetite for more!
What else do we know?
It is aged between 5 to 7 years in ex Cognac and ex Bourbon barrels from Lorraine.
And what do they have to say?
A sunny, fresh, supple and surprising whisky.
(D’un) Verre Printanier will surprise you with its lightness and freshness. Such as nature when it rises, this Single Malt from the Mirabelle plum country will awake you to new fragrances and colors. It distinguishes itself with a well-defined taste between rough flavour and fragrance but keeps its secrecy that will keep you on tenterhooks. The dominant feature is fruity with subtle notes of white fruits and fresh cereal with a spicy finish and a nice softness. An open air olfactory promenade off the beaten track.
Tasting notes (rough translation)
- Nose – White flowers, orchard fruits (pear in particular). Notes of cereals and fresh herbs, slightly spicy
- Palate – Crunchy attack, very supple. Fruity (pear again, but also notes of yellow fruits, such as plums), vegetal
- Finish – Malty, slightly spicy, airy, which whets the appetite. Maintained tension, which makes you want to come back
- Pairing suggestions – Baltic salmon from Barthouil or oysters from n°3 de la Maison Legris
Original notes de dégustation
- Nez – Fleurs blanches, fruits du verger (la poire en particulier) Notes de Céréales et d’herbes fraîches, légèrement épicé
- Bouche – Attaque croquante, toute en souplesse. Fruité (poire encore, mais aussi des notes de fruits jaunes, comme la mirabelle), végétal
- Finale – Maltée, légèrement épicée, aérienne, qui ouvre l’appétit Une tension maintenue, qui donne envie d’y revenir
- Pairing suggestions – Saumon baltique de chez Barthouil ou les huîtres n°3 de la Maison Legris