Armorik Maitre de Chai 2010 (46%, OB, Sherry Casks #3320 & #3321, 2000 bottles, 2017)
- ABV: 46%
- Age: 7 Years Old
- Bottling: OB, Oloroso Sherry Casks #3320 & #3321, 2000 bottles
- Category: Breton single malt whisky
- Cost: £48.95
- Origin: Distillerie Warenghem
- Vintage: 2010
What they say
Here we have the third limited edition release of Warenghem’s Armorik Breton whisky. After distillation in 2010, the single malt was matured in a pair of Oloroso sherry casks. Maître de Chai translates as ‘Cellar Master’, with the range showcasing the best expressions from the distillery.
Official tasting notes:
Nose: Scones and blackberry jam, caramelised almonds and stewed orchard fruits with a hint of vanilla.
Palate: Smoked nuts, notably more almonds along with a handful of creamy cashews, lots of spices emerge with clove and cinnamon, sherried dried fruits, sweet liquorice and candied orange peel.
Finish: A pinch of sweet tobacco, smoky oak, sweet malt and tart berry compote.
What I say
Dram #3 from WOLS 2020 T7 International Tasting. Dark coloured but reasonably young tasting, for some reason I though either a rye-heavy Canadian or something from Paul John in India?
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Dark golden brown (15/20), large tears and tapered large-medium legs.
- Nose: bubblegum, feinty spirit, cinnamon and spiced rye, polished oak wood, herbal, sappy, woody rosemary and cedar.
- Taste: Thick vanilla, polished wood, cherry and sherry-soaked fruits, blackberry, strawberry, woody sugars, black pepper and herbal coriander.
- Finish: Vaporous, sweet and woody.
Dark coloured but quite smooth and soft in flavours, I was misled by the Oloroso cask maturation effect on the colour here I think. Again having recently sampled through Armorik’s core range and latest peated expression I had no idea how close this one was to them!
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