So what have we got here? We have a peaty whisky, you can bring home to meet the family (At least it didn’t chase my Fiancée out of the Apartment). More specifically we have a French whisky from G.Rozelieures’ Tourbé collection, all the way from Lorraine France. Tourbé, if you look it up, means peat. So their peaty collection I guess you could say.
I have been looking into this bottle for some time. Probably for the same length of time I have been considering to get into peated whiskies and give them more of a try. I think I owe it to my collection to at least have a few peated single malt whiskies, to go alongside the highland and more worldly drams I have.
So, I came across G. Rozelieures French whisky, when I was in the shop one day. Definitely something new to me and I like unique things. So I dived in and did a bit of research. I instantly knew I wanted to try either the Rare collection or the Tourbé. The former because it’s had a bit of ex-sauterne barrel love and the latter because it was A. Heaviest of their range in peat B. Finished in new French oak (Sounded a bit different) and C. Of the three readily available it was 8 years old and the oldest of its younger siblings that was available at the shop I was in.
I managed to get a try of their rare collection whisky which was very nice (Fruitcake, Christmas pudding and some peat), but couldn’t find their Tourbé for tasting. So I tried to research it more. Was this whisky loved, what did others think, did I really want to pay $90, pros, cons and is there anything more I can find out. Hmmm…. Six months later in my typical fashion, alright let’s give it a go. I am a very lucky man. I have not yet had an issue were I have bought a bottle and not liked it.
So without further waffle. Here we go.
Nose: An amazing smoke, like from a brush fire. Grass and wood smoke notes. Mmm not quite the woody wood smoke of a campfire. Definitely something wild. Like you are walking through a burnt field or forest. Not overpowering if memory serves this is about 40ppm not a truck ton of peat (Correct me if I am wrong). Touch of toffee, oaky spice and some lemon. Really rich earthiness, like cracked, dry dirt, on a 42 degree Celsius day.
Tongue: Apple. Spice. Cocoa. Some orange/ginger hint. Barest hints of fruit, maybe the afterthought of sharp cherry. It’s got an oiliness in its character. It just smoothly flows over the tongue, coating it before you know it. There is a real rich earthiness, but that might be the peat. Mineral. Oh oh, wait. That might be honey or treacle, after it has been baked in the oven. I’d say it is a well balanced whisky. It is just right.
Finish: Long finish, peaty.
This whisky was an absolute win for me. I’d highly recommend it. Who would I recommend it to? Someone like myself, just getting into peated whisky. It’s amazing like smooth smooth brandy and introduces you to peat in such a delicate way. It is quite peaty. It tastes to me, much more peaty than the rare collection I tried. What peated whisky have I tried, that I can put it up against, as a yard stick? Hmm… Lagavulin 16, Talisker 10, Talisker 18 or what about Laphroaig? Nope, just doesn’t come to mind. It’s unique, very much its own thing.
I highly recommend it to peat lovers, as well. It isn’t a peat bomb that will ring you senseless for hours. It is a whisky that will buy you dinner so you get to know it. Not one you will come home one night and find sitting on your lounge, having never met it before.
Glad to add this to my collection. This could convert me to peaty whiskies, but we are running out of room here.
Anyway what does everyone else think? I’d love to hear your thoughts about this whisky, if you have tried it before.
* All experience and opinions are my own, in no affiliation to any work or occupation.
Your experiences may also be completely different to mine, as drinks are all personal