Armorik Classic

Armorik

Featured at World Whisky Day 2015: The distillery that makes Aromrik Breton Single Malt Whisky was founded by the Warenghem family in 1900. The distillery makes a variety of spirits, with the Breton Single Malt being introduced about 30 years ago. The distillery is one very much rooted in the region, hearkening back to the Celtic peoples and traditions that bound Brittany to Ireland and Scotland. This commitment to tradition, while also straddling the undeniable French influence, results in a unique expression that has slowly but inexorably gained praise from many world areas and whisky writers. There are four single malt offerings so far: a double maturation, a sherry finish, an Edition Originale, and this original, their Classic. 

Distillery: Warenghem
Region: France
Age: NAS
Strength: 46%
Price: $51.99
Location: Lannion, France
Maturation: Sherry and bourbon casks
Nose: Viognier, floral, honeydew, honeysuckle, alcohol
Palate: Perfume, floral, coriander, passion fruit, toast, nutty, sherry
Finish: Bread, white pepper

Comments: No water is needed, even at the slightly higher than normal ABV. We recommend you drink this early, as it can be influenced by stronger flavors.

Adam – I find this a very interesting whisky. Maybe it’s the sherry influence from the casks, but the wine presence is strong. Unlike other red wine cask finishes, this one has the dryness of a white that I haven’t encountered very much in a whisky. I love how fragrant it is, it can really be called a bouquet. I like the light sweetness mixed with bright but not overpowering spice, kept from being forgetful by cacophony of forest flavors. It’s a breadbasket kind of palate, full of nature’s plenty. If you peeled back the layers on this drink, you might find something the druids of ancient Brittany might have enjoyed. Ethereal, light, full of herbal effervescence and nature’s plenty. What surprises me about this drink is how fickle it is. Some malts we’ve tried work best in certain seasons; this one can be great one day and feel off the next. I’ve never encountered anything quite like it. When it works, however, it’s delightful.

Kate – This takes a lot of concentration for me. I can tell it’s french based on the wine and bread qualities of the whisky. Personally, I don’t like the flavor of wine and I’m not a big fan of wine-flavored whisky. Perhaps someone who loves both wine and whisky would find this the best of both worlds, but it’s not for me. It’s also important to distinguish it’s different than a wine-finished whisky. It tastes different than a wine-finished whisky. It’s like justifying a first date – I can explain away the good qualities in this single malt, but it’s just not for me.

Meghan – A whiskey worth sniffing. It has a beautifully sweet nose — imagine spending a warm afternoon laying on your back watching the clouds and daydreaming in  a flower-filled meadow in full bloom. The palate and finish don’t really measure up. There is a unique full sweetness in the palate reminiscent of tropical fruits and/or passion fruit. Sadly, the more times I taste the Armorik, the less I like it. I loved it at first, felt that the alcohol was deceptively hidden and the bottle would quickly vanish. But as time goes by, I’m less and less interested in even finishing my dram. Can whisky go bad that fast?