One of four expressions from the Bellevoye Distillery in France, Bellevoye Black is a blended whiskey that combines the whisky of three undisclosed distilleries from different regions of France (Lile, Alsace, and Cognac) into a finished product.
The individual whiskies all start as a fermented mash of malted barley. From there, they are distilled and aged at the respective distilleries for a period of between three and eight years in oak casks. Once properly aged, they are combined at the Bienheureux production facility in Cognac and further aged together for an additional ten months.
Bellevoye Black French Triple Malt Whisky is a peated blended malt made from three different regions--Brittany, Alsace and Cognac. All of the ingredients used in its production are French. The whiskey is initally aged for three to eight years in French oak casks., then finished for nine to twelve months post-blend ageing in French new fine grain oak casks.
This specific variety adds the extra step of roasting the barley with peat moss, a step common in the production of scotch whiskey that typically adds a specific peat flavor to the finished product.
Bellevoye Black French Whisky Tasting Notes
Colour: Medium gold.
Aroma: The intense aroma reveals empyreumatic notes that evoke both ashes, toast and moka. Subtle touches of spices (cinnamon, nail clove) and liquorice reinforce its complexity.
Palate: Thick, mellow and oily. Its salinity gives it a fresh and harmonious balance. Its structure is coated thanks to its elegant tannins.
Finish: Long and persistent on aromas peat characteristics.
2020: "grand" gold medal at Brussels World Spirits competition, awarded "Spirit Selection Revelation ".
2020: gold medal at World Whiskies Awards competition, "Best French Blended Malt".
2019 and 2018: gold medal at Brussels World Spirits competition.