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Armorik Range of Single Malts Review

By Miguel in Tasting , Armorik

I have had a bottle of Armorik since I started collecting whisky four or five years ago but I never found a moment to open it. I even bought some samples and they are still on the samples’ box for the same reason… #lazyass so when I saw Armorik stand on The Whisky Show 2013 I though it was a pretty decent time to give them a chance.

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I was introduced to the range of Armorik whiskies by their distillery manager, who explained me that they have recently reached an agreement with Gordon & Macphail to distribute their whiskies in UK.

I am not expecting anything awesome… but anyway… let’s taste them

Armorik Breizh

“Surprisingly creamy and malty but light... yes, I know, it is a blend... but still...”

83
Armorik Breizh
Half of cereals, half of Malta, double distillation in copper stills followed by aging in traditional oak barrels, all enhanced by the very special atmosphere of Bretagne. These are the goals that guide the Warenghem distillery. Excellent special edition to 42 .

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (84): more than average. honey, floral, fruity, pears, vanilla.

Palate (83): powerful, oily. honey, vanilla, citrus, fruity, pepper.

Finish (83): longer than average. honey, citrus.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Armorik Breizh with 83 points over 100.

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Armorik Classic

“Quite nice Breton whisky with a delicious sweetness”

87
Armorik Classic / Whisky Breton
Armorik's Classic is produced at the Warenghem distillery in Lannion in the north of Brittany and is a marriage of sherry and bourbon cask whiskies of various ages.

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (86): more than average. honey, vanilla, citrus, floral, spices.

Palate (87): powerful, oily. honey, vanilla, citrus, nuts, cream.

Finish (87): longer than average. honey, citrus.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Armorik Classic / Whisky Breton with 87 points over 100.

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Armorik Double Maturation

“A quite nice french whisky with a lovely light sherry character. Très bon”

88
Armorik Double Maturation French Whisky French Single Malt Whisky
An innovative malt from this Breton distillery. The whisky is aged first in Breton oak casks before being finished in sherry casks. This whisky has a real marine influence, which no doubt comes from the distillery's coastal location.

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (87): more than average. nuts, citrus, honey, spices, fruity, vanilla.

Palate (89): powerful, oily. honey, nuts, vanilla, spices, wood, cocoa.

Finish (89): longer than average. nuts, spices.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Armorik Double Maturation French Whisky French Single Malt Whisky with 88 points over 100.

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Armorik Millesime 2002 #3261

“That's close to be a great whisky. It is the best french whisky I have had so far. Lovely hints of nuts and spices”

90
Armorik Millésime 2002 / Oloroso Sherry Cask #3261 French Whisky
A single cask 2002 vintage (millésime) release from Armorik, produced at the Warenghem distillery in Brittany. The first 10 year old to be released by the distillery, this was aged in a cask which was previously used for oloroso sherry.

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (89): more than average. nuts, citrus, honey, spices, vanilla, nutmeg.

Palate (90): powerful, oily. nuts, spices, candies, vanilla, citrus, nutmeg, floral.

Finish (90): longer than average. nuts, wood, spices.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Armorik Millésime 2002 / Oloroso Sherry Cask #3261 French Whisky with 90 points over 100.

Miguel says…

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Well, I have to say that I was wrong. They are pretty decent stuff, with the Milleseme 2002 being really nice. No clue how much they will charge for it on UK but it is a good whisky.



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