Michel Couvreur Special Vatting Peaty Malt Whisky (700ml)
Tasting note: A vatting of three single cask 12 year old Scotch whiskies. Deep brassy gold colour. A gentle prickle accompanies the vaguely cereal / dried grass notes with low key peat slowly building. Nice texture - plenty of richness at mid palate. A whisper of smoke develops towards the finish adding an attractive briney, creamy, Caol Ila-like finale that also gives length. Marketed as "peaty" but it's fairly restrained as far as the smokey genre goes. 45% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews...Colour: full gold. Nose: completely different. Wild flowers, verbena, fresh mint and lemon balm. Truly beautiful nose this time. Rather extreme notes of menthol. Mouth: again, there’s a lot of wood here. Huge tannins, grape pips, apple skin and lemon zest. Yet, the spirit stands it. Crystallised lemons, mint, lemon pie. Finish: long, maybe just a tad cardboardy now. Comments: my favourite so far – and by far – despite the heavy oakiness (not a flaw at all here). 85 points - Serge Valentin, whiskyfun.com
...The nose opens with a somewhat mossy spice and beautiful herbal notes. Bright red fruits and a light brine note tinges the whisky. The sweetness of the whisky is reminiscent of grass and hay, with a nutty tone on the back-end. The moss rises once again, a faint reminder that this whisky is peaty, however slightly. Opening the palate the whisky lends a prickly mouth-feel before moving onto tangy wood and a musty, old bung cork taste. As you continue to taste there's a somewhat nutty and stewed mushroom taste that comes back bringing an earthy reminder of peat with it. The finish is sweet, lightly smoked, and musty. - distiller.com