Breton Single Malt Whisky – Yeun Elez
Yeun Elez is a peated Breton Whisky, distilled from peated (50ppm) malted barley from Scotland. It has been distilled and matured to highlight its delicate, elegant and fruity peat.
The name Yeun Elez comes from an old peat bog located in the heart of the Armorique Natural Park, which is also home to many Breton legends, including that of Tadic Coz and Jobic, who rid the local towns of ghosts.
“We are entering the Yeun Elez, he said to Jobic. Whatever you hear, don’t look away. It is about your life in this world and your salvation in the next.” A.Le Braz, La Légende de la mort en Basse-Bretagne, 1893
Natural color, non-chill-filtered. 46% ABV
Nose: Beautiful aromatic intensity, peat notes of camphor and cloves supported by fruity notes of bananas, cooked peaches, and cream pastry.
Palate: The smoke rounds the palate, citrus notes bringing freshness. Nice roundness with a hint of salinity. A lingering, iodized and spicy finish, ending with a warm wood fire.
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).