Breton Single Malt Whisky – Double Maturation
Armorik Whisky is made from 100% French malted barley. The distillery is located close to the sea (less than 6 miles away) and the weather is as rainy and windy as the Scottish Highlands. Overall, the region is a bit warmer than the Highlands but the humidity level is the same, both of which favor the aging of the whisky. The distillery sits on a water source by the name of Rest Avel (House of Wind), which gives a pure and crystal clear granitic water. Double distillation takes place in traditional copper stills. Aged for 5 to 6 years in new French oak from the forest of Armorique in Brittany, followed by up to 2 years in Oloroso Xeres sherry casks. Aromas: fruity, elegant, with notes of citrus, apple and salted butter caramel. Palate: a touch of woodiness changing to grain flavors of surprising magnitude. Finish: hints of heather honey, grain and iodized marine flavors. 46% ABV.
About the Producer
Located in Lannion, Brittany, the distillery Warenghem has been making high quality liqueurs and spirits for over 100 years. In 1900, Leon Warenghem created his first product, the Elixir d’Armorique, a distillate of 35 plants, which won awards at international exhibitions in 1902. Since then, from one generation to the next, the distillery has created a small range of unusual fruit and plant based liqueurs, honey liqueurs, apple brandy, beers and whiskies.
In 1967, Leon’s grandson Paul-Henry and his business partner, Yves Leizour moved the distillery from the town center to the outskirts of Lannion to be closer to the spring, Rest Avel. Yves’ son, Gilles carried on the distillery’s innovative spirit, by creating a blended whisky in 1987, then in 1998, France’s first single malt whisky: Armorik. Warenghem was the first and only distillery to ever produce double distilled whisky in France and today it remains the most renowned.
The distillery is currently run by Gilles’ son-in-law, David Roussier, keeping the Breton tradition of distilling in the family. They continue to innovate, including the recent release of the first single malt whisky finished in Armagnac casks (from the oldest Armagnac house, Dartigalongue).