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Grange De Vrac

Bastille - 1789 Single Malt

81.95 / 100

Fresh & Floral Flavours

Visual: 4.11 /5  •  Aroma: 19.95 /25  •  Taste: 32.89 /40   •  Finish: 25 /30

Dram Code: E25a

Producer: Maison Daucourt

Bottler: Official Bottling

Type: Single Malt Whisky

Cask: Limousin Finish

Age: Not Stated

Country: France

Region: Other

Chill Filtered: Unknown

Added Colour: Unknown

ABV: 43%

Cask Strength: No

Release: Standard

Price: $117.30 (at time of review)

Dram Code: E25a

Producer: Maison Daucourt

Bottler: Official Bottling

Type: Single Malt Whisky

Cask Type: Limousin Finish

Age: Not Stated

Country: France

Region: Other

ABV: 43%

Cask Strength: No

Chill Filtered: Unknown

Added Colour: Unknown

Release: Standard

Price: $117.30 (at time of review)

About This Single Malt Whisky

About This Dram

This whisky is the creation of Jean-Marc Daucourt. He is said to be a master distiller from a family of cognac producers. I’ve read in several places that he worked in a Scottish distillery, but I can’t seem to find any information on which one! His biggest success has been with Jean-Marc XO Vodka, which by the sounds of it is one of the most laborious and meticulously crafted vodkas ever made. Bastille is his line of whiskies, comprising of a blend and a single malt.

This single malt is made with 100% French grown barley from the North East and matured in Limousin casks which are some of the upper echelons of casks generally reserved for cognacs. The blend of casks chosen to create this well-designed malt come from a variety of very french sources, including ex sauternes and ex Burgundy wine casks. A truly French take on a Scottish style.

 

Tasting Notes

On the nose, we found dried apricots and other fruits accompanied by candied pecans and waxy chocolate. Like walking into a French Bulk Barn – thanks to Google Translate for helping with the name, which is a literal translation of Bulk Barn. There was also the aroma of freshly snapped twigs, straight from the tree. Also a bit of tetra pack apple juice.

The palate brought forward black tea, and malt vinegar. There was a smidgen of cedar chip smoke and black pepper. The finish bared an odd resemblance to a diet soda – a little aspartame-esque.

By Adam Bradshaw on May 05, 2018

Score & flavour profile voted on by members who sampled the whisky

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Whiskies are rated by our members on the visuals (out of 5), aroma (out of 25), taste (out of 40), & finish (out of 30). With a total score out of 100.

Based on how scoring occurred for our early reviews, the following guide is given to members –

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Flavour Profile

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fresh & floral
eg – blossoms, cut grass, apples, pears

fruity & spicy
eg – peach, vanilla, coconut, nutmeg

malty & dry
eg – breakfast cereal, nuts, cookies

rich & round
eg – raisins, figs, oak tannins, dates

smoky & earthy
eg – wood smoke, bacon, iodine

 

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