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Armorik Yuen Elez (46%, OB, 2020)

Armorik Yuen Elez

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 46%
  • Age: NAS
  • Bottling: OB
  • Category: Breton single malt whisky
  • Cost: €59.50
  • Origin: Distillerie Warenghem
  • Vintage: undeclared
YuenElez

What they say

see Armorik announce Yuen Elez peated whisky range

Official tasting notes:

  • Pale yellow with golden reflections.
  • Nose: Beautiful aromatic intensity, the peat is medicinal (camphor, cloves) but supported by fruity notes, bananas, cooked peaches, and pastry (cream pastry).
  • Palate: The smoke rounds the palate, citrus notes bringing freshness. Nice roundness with a hint of salinity.
  • Final: A lingering, iodized and spicy finish, ending with a warm wood fire.

What I say

The first release from Distillerie Warenghem’s Yuen Elez peated whisky range. This isn’t their first smokey whisky as they have previously produced their Triagoz expression smoked at the distillery. This is however their first using peat-smoked Scottish barley at 50ppm.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Pale white wine gold (5/20), large tears and thick legs.
  • Nose: Sweet and vanillic, floral dry heather, reminds me of highland peat smoke, heather honey joins biscuity malted barley, hints of apple, pear, peach and banana and oak wood.
  • Taste: Medium bodied, creamy and oily on the palate, gentle vanilla, biscuity cereal, toasted coconut, apple, pear, banana, honey, peat smoke, dry and floral with rosemary and iodine hints, rich toffee persists.
  • Finish: Long sweet, salted caramel and dry beechwood smoke.

Overall

Deliciously sweet and peaty, this has a rich malty sweetness accentuated by vanilla and all pervaded by a thick peat and dry heather brush smoke. Wonderful.

Score 84/100

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