Michel Couvreur Overaged Malt Whisky (Natural Cask Strength 52%)
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Various young Scotch whiskies were sent for storage in Michel’s cellars in France to create this blend of 50+ malts with ages between 12-27 years. The whisky itself is very complex-yet-integrated, with notes of honey, blossom, and leather.
Country: Burgundy, France
Sweet, heavy and multi-layered sherynots pave the way out of my glass. The alcohol content (52%) is at no time noticeable and wonderfully integrated. Behind the massive sherry influence hides a variety of flavors, which gradually crystallize during nosing: Uromas Vanillekipferl, juicy Amarena cherries, dark forest fruits, juicy oranges, pipe tobacco, light smoke, hints of leather and spicy oak. I mean a trace of sulfur, hidden deep in the background. It pays to breathe the malt for 20-30 minutes. Very beautiful!
Full-bodied, strong and sweet onset. The tip of the tongue tingles a bit, while a true flood of aromas rolls over to the connoisseur. Juicy blood oranges leave a slightly acidic sting, dark fruits (especially Amarena cherries), raisins, caramel, Christmas spices, some leather, pipe tobacco, chocolate, light smoke and intense wood notes strengthen the varied and exciting variety of aromas. The alcohol is perfectly integrated again. In terms of taste, the malt continues to be very intense, warming and pleasantly balanced.
Long, voluminous and warming. A heavy residual sweetness flashes up, which reminds me of a burnt caramel crust of a creme brulee. Dark fruits, raisins, heavy wood notes, Christmas spices and light cigar smoke let the malt finish slowly and warming. A minimal dryness on the palate arises.