Glann ar Mor Heiz Ledenez Gouez 2012 46% 700ml
Celtic Whisky compagnie
Aged in a Bourbon cask, this pale gold whisky was made entirely from locally sourced barley. Malt lovers may find resemblances to Campeltown's finest here: Direct fire stills give a toasty edge to the nose, while poached pear fruitiness develops alongside suggestions of almond biscotti, sponge cake and straw bail. It's soft on entry with a grassy edge through the middle, but balances beautifully. The finish turns creamy, toasty and delicately salty with hints of white pepper and vanilla through the aftertaste. A cereal / coastal style that really works.
"Glann ar Mor" is a familly owned artisan distillery, created by Martine and Jean Donnay and facing the seaside on the Northern coast of Brittany in France, in a wild and beautiful setting. With its double live flame distillation (yes, for the wash still "and" the spirit still), its pair of small onion shaped stills, its worm tubs, its wooden wash backs, and in being easily "The Slowest Distiller in the West", Glann ar Mor is really different and simply unique amongst whisky distilleries. There must be magic in their hands, for the quality of their whiskey is impressive and to Jim Murray also. Not only that, but being the first in the world to age in Sauternes casks may have helped also !