Michel Couvreur Whisky Alba Single Malt 22 years 46% 500ml
Alba is the result of Couvreur's passion for whiskies and wines and the encounter with Angélique and Quentin Bourse (from the Sot de l'Ange estate located in Azay-le-Rideau in the Loire Valley, France) who gave them one of their freshly emptied Chenin Blanc cask. Matured for 17 years in Fino and 5 additional years in Chenin, Alba is a very subtle, pure and delicate spirit that shows that whiskies' flavors can be long and complex without peat expression. Alba boasts a golden light color and offers aromas of white wine, honey and subtle oak nuances. It is round, mellow and deep in the mouth with beautiful energy. Chenin grape flavors on the finish with a touch of vanilla and white flower. A complex and long aftertaste. The label has a drop shape, just like the Sot de l'Ange label. Cask strength, no water, no filtration, 420 bottles produced.
Michel Couvreur, originally from Belgium, ages Scotch Whisky in the heart of Burgundy (Bouze-Les- Beaune). In the 1950’s he arrived in Burgundy to make and market wine. He took frequent trips to England and Scotland where he sold his wine, but was particularly drawn to Scotland for the fabulous fishing and hunting. In 1964 he moved to Scotland where he became involved in the production process of whisky made from a selection of the most ancient strains of cereals and using extremely rare sherry casks. The industry was changing in the whisky production and the old methods were being replaced by new cheaper ones. The old sherry casks traditionally used were replaced by steel or plastic so Michel returned to France in the 70’s to be nearer to where the sherry casks originate. He dug his own cellar in the hillsides of Bouze-les-Beaune, about midway between the Andalusian vineyards and the Scottish Highlands. His scotch matures there in these rare sherry casks; Pedro Ximenez and/or Palomino. The cellar is a 500-foot tunnel with galleries, kept humid by natural springs running through it. A small room far from any light called ‘the paradise’ shelters some rare, old and elegant nectar, carefully kept in sealed demijohns. The very humid cellar is the main factor behind the fast alcoholic reduction of the whiskies in their casks. The very fragrant floral and fruity aromas can therefore develop ideally and give Couvreur’s whiskies indeed a rare freshness while they age twice as fast.