After the tour I did of the Warenghem Distillery, we went to the tasting room upstairs in the visitor centre, to taste two drams: the Armorik Sherry Cask first, then the Armorik Double Maturation reviewed here.
The Armorik Double Maturation is first matured in casks made from oak grown in Brittany by Tonnellerie Barron, then a second maturation is made in ex-sherry casks. It is bottled at 46% abv, non-chill filtered and natural coloured.
The colour is like an old Sauternes, with heads and legs very slow to form after a swirl.
The nose starts on honey, vanilla and solvent, then becomes fruity (apple and citrus notes).
The arrival is sweet and silky at first. Mid palate, oak spices kick in, mostly with pepper, then move to caramel and cereals.
Medium short, the finish is warming on the tongue, on caramel and honey
I prefer this whisky to the Sherry cask reviewed earlier, the Breton oak give notes a bit similar to an ex-bourbon cask, which I like. The finish is a bit too short, but it’s a really fine dram.