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Review: Alfred Giraud Voyage French Malt Whisky

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In late 2020, the Giraud household made its transfer from Cognac to whisky, dropping two expressions that proved that France can work with grains (virtually) in addition to it will possibly with grapes. Now Alfred Giraud is again with a 3rd French malt whisky expression, Voyage.

Voyage is the primary launch within the Exploratory Blends Vary, a sequence of uncommon, restricted whiskies that see solely periodic and unique releases on the Giraud household’s discretion. Showcasing two of the perfect French single malts, one leaning on fruity notes and the opposite on cereal notes, every is matured in casks with daring traits: new French Robinia casks, a strong and uncommon wooden discovered domestically in France, and Sauternes wine casks sourced from close by French wineries. The whisky then sees its ultimate getting older stage [in Cognac casks. No age statement.]

Sauternes casks are acquainted to us, however I needed to search for Robinia: These bushes are small and thin-trunked; they hardly seem like one thing you possibly can make a cask out of. But it surely seems they did.

Giraud’s whiskies so far have been invariably heavy on the granary character, and Voyage begins issues off alongside that very same highway. Nicely-toasted oak and torched cereal grains inform a dense nostril, flippantly smoked with notes of cane burning within the vineyards, although hints of macerated crimson berries provide some path to fruitdom. The palate is a bit lighter, however not a lot, some flashes of inexperienced apple, honey-laced custard, and quince giving issues a carry. Wooden and cereal nonetheless do many of the heavy lifting although, retaining the expertise tamped down below a layer of oak and a few ruddy, dusky spices. The end folds in notes of some cherry and heavier baking spice notes however stays austere.

Whereas the anticipated brightness of the Sauternes affect is a bit missing right here, there’s sufficient life within the general expertise to benefit giving it a spin, ought to you end up confronted with the chance.

96 proof.

B+ / $180 /

Alfred Giraud Voyage French Malt Whisky




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