The distilleryLocated in Lannion, Brittany, the distillery Warenghem has been making high quality liqueurs and spirits for over 100 years. In 1900, Leon Warenghem created his first product, the Elixir d’Armorique, a distillate of 35 plants which won awards at international exhibitions in 1902. Since then, from one generation to the next one, the distillery has created a small range of unusual fruit and plant based liqueurs, honey liqueurs, apple brandy, beers and whiskies.25 years ago, Warenghem was the first and only distillery to ever produce double distilled whisky in France and today it remains the most renowned.
The grain: 100% French malted barley
The environement: the soil is mostly granitic, the air is very iodized (the sea is less than 6 miles away) and the weather is as rainy and windy as in the Scotish Highlands but overall warmer, which favors the ageing of the whisky. The humidity level is the same as in the Highlands.
The water: the distillery sits on a water source by the name of Rest Avel (it means the house of wind) which gives a pure and crystal clear granitic water.
The distillation: double distillation in traditional copper stills.
The ageing: Armorik is the result of a unique ageing method, using a majority of refill bourbon casks made of American white oak and some refill sherry butts made of Spanish oak.
Aroma: light floral notes with a touch of citrus in the end
Palate: soft and honeyed, lightly spicy, all wrapped up in a balanced and complex wood finish dotted with a citrus note.
Finish: lightly smokey and pleasantly peaty.
- International Review of Spirits BTI Chicago: Gold Medal / Exceptional
- pirit Journal 2011: 4* / Highly Recommended / “...exceedingly pleasant”
- David Wondrich 2011: “I love this whisky.”
- Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2010: 91 points “Highly attractive and complex ; a long, exceptionally malty finish; a fabulous whisky”