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2005 Michel Couvreur X 10 Year Old Single Malt French Whisky (500ml)

Burgundy, FRANCE
$165. 00
$1980.00 Dozen
ABV: 47%
In something of a personal crusade, Michel Couvreur settled in Bouze-les-Beaune (close to the Burgundian town of Beaune, France), where he opened a customs bonded cellar and began selecting his own sherry casks (Pedro Ximenez and Palomino) from the Andalusia region of Spain.

Couvreur's "Scotch" starts out in Scotland as bulk a.k.a.“clearach” (a high proof distillate) which is transferred to his humid cellar in Bouze-les-Beaune to be aged in small sherry casks that have been impregnated with 25 years aging via traditional soleras. All required dilutions are accomplished with bottled water from Scotland. Total production is about 50,000 bottles or 4,000 cases annually.

This is another addition to Couvreur's diverse portfolio and will appeal to anyone with an inclination towards heavily sherried styles.

Tasting notes: Bright gold / pale straw edges. Slightly prickly in the opening inhalations; almost a grapey edge to the malt over underlying vanilla. Strong sherry input in the mouth with semi-sweet hazelnut, honey and pepper flavours becoming more dried fruit-like towards the finish. Warming but well balanced. A hint of sulphur late in the aftertaste? Otherwise really clean, bristling malt. 47% Alc./Vol.