Michel Couvreur Pale Single-Single Whisky
First Look: "…Light golden honey in color with a very thin hue."
Nose: "…Fruity with a kick of malt, light sunflower seed, and a touch of odd astringency."
At first, the fruit is in control of the nose. But, after a few minutes in the glass, a bit of toffee becomes present while the nutty sunflower seed is overpowered by the fruit and malt.
Palate: "Light and round with spicy heat, soft floral notes, a touch of pastry crust, and a touch of almond with a round creaminess."
The creamy round palate plays well off the heat; the floral notes hit the mid palate with flakey pastry crust and almond melding together.
Finish: For a 90 proof, the finish is spicy, palate coating and long but a bit disappointing.
Fair Trade: $70
Verdict: At $89-$129, this is not worth the price of admission. This whisky was aged in sherry oak casks but has none of the wonderful flavors that sherry butts breathe into whisky. Had I not purchased the Michel Couvreur Overaged Malt Whisky at the same time, I might have passed on the entire line. However, if presented with the opportunity to taste the Pale Single Single, don’t pass it up. But be warned, do not buy a bottle prior to trying.
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