Bastille 1789 Hand-Crafted Blended French Whisky

Bastille 1789 Hand-Crafted Blended French Whisky

(0.75l, 40%)

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Sacre’ Bleu! A Whisky from France? Yep… and it is a mighty fine drinker to boot. C’est la Vie!
Jean-Marc Daucourt was born in northern France. His father’s family had been in the distilling business there for years, but Jean-Marc wanted a more diverse education on the subject, so when he came of age, he went to Scotland and Germany to work his apprenticeship in Europe’s finest distilleries. Returning to France, now a master distiller, he acquired and old distilling house near the Cognac appellation and set himself to work. 
Like any craft, focus is key, and so far Jean-Marc has focused on making one product, and making is very, very well.
Bastille 1789 Handcrafted French Whisky is all about making a great Spirit. They start with a combination of malted barley and wheat for the mash. It is distilled in classic, old-world, copper alembic stills — the same kind traditionally used for cognac and that look like they were plucked out of a medieval alchemist’s workshop. Aging takes between five and seven years in three kinds of casks: French Limousin oak, cherry wood, and acacia. This is a very unique combo for a Whisky of any stripe.
All of that hard work yields up a very complex, yet harmonious Whisky that is is just c’est magnifique! It is lush with a chewy/honey/toffee and spice flavor that will rock your next Manhattan cocktail. But do yourself a favor and try it neat, in a snifter.

Smartass Corner:
1789 was the year of the French Revolution, and The Bastille was an infamous prison where, in addition to actual criminals, the corrupt and indulgent French monarchy had imprisoned its political enemies. The French Revolution began with the "storming of The Bastille" as protesters threw open the gates of the prison to release the captives held there. So, the name "Bastille 1789 Whisky" is a statement of rebellion and national pride at the same time. 
  • Category
  • Style
    Blended Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
  • Alcohol
  • Distillery
  • Age
    5 Year Old
  • Maturation
    French Limousin oak, cherry wood and acacia casks

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orange zest
malted barley
christmas cake
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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Bright, reddish copper
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Christmas cake, orange marmalade, apricot, and leather… very complex. 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Medium bodied with flavors of orange zest, and baked dessert breads. 
Sweet, orange spice
Ratings & Reviews
My first introduction to French Whiskey. Not bad, but wouldn't be my first choice. But still, if you haven't tried it give it a chance.
This is a lot more interesting than I thought it would be, and a lot smokier. The peat was in the forefront for me on the taste. On the nose I couldn't quite pinpoint what I was getting, but there was a subtle sweetness to it, like icing on a cake. If you let it mull around a little in your mouth a lot of those sweet flavors come out, but the peat is still strong. I will note my bottle is much lighter than pictured more like a light amber than the deep bronze they show, and what people describe, so I wonder if the profile is different due to time spent in the barrel. I am not disappointed.
I want to revisit this review. I'm tasting this again tonight and it is completely different. The things I only got hints of yesterday are coming in full force now. Vanilla icing and cake, subdued orange, all while the peat is still there but I'm not picking up nearly as much. I'm really impressed with this.
One of my go-to favorites! Lighter with just a touch of fruit and smokiness.
Good flavor French whisky
Great Bottle that has been shared with Friends.
Well balanced cognac. One of my favourite blended spirits.
I don’t know why this whisky is rated so low. It’s excellent with a light smokiness.
Really good whisky. Little fruity, not too smokey
Very good on the nose. A little spice up top on first taste and then a hint of fruit hits. Its finish did not seem long to me, but what finish it had was a lingering fruity taste with a hint of the peat coming through. Overall, a solid whiskey.
It tastes like rubber
Much more scotch-y than whisky
Kind of sweet, kind of fruity, kind of medicinal. It’s like Canadian whiskey with a splash of brandy. Not bad, not great. The fruity taste does remain on the tongue. Good with friends and California rolls. Best as a dessert whiskey. Would buy another bottle.
Good, but not great. A burn finish, light tannin, some sweet notes. OK for mixing.
Pretty good whisky for a blend. If you like blended whisky, then you’ll like this one. Even if you don’t like blends, it’s worth trying.
Interesting. Wasn't sure what to expect. Fairly sweet, light. A touch oily. Barely a hint of peaty. Strong resembelence to Highland Park 12... only little less balanced and a bit more subtle. Like HP12 with the volume turNed down.
I had this in a flight at a local whiskey pub which drove me to order a bottle. The pairing in the flight must have been really good because when I got the bottle it tasted NOTHING like my previous experience. I am not much for peated or smoky scotches. This stuff definitely did not live up to my expectations! It was like weak Laphroig or Lagavulin. Ended up giving it away after the third try. I tried to find some redeeming quality to keep it, but just couldn’t. If you like peat and smoke go ahead and give it a try. If not, stay the hell away.
The only French whisky I've tried, but it's good. Smooth and tasty and affordable.
This is a smoke bomb. The smoke is so overpowering that you can't taste anything else.
Bought as a present for the birth of our first son. Awesome! Like drinking velvet, flavorful, and warm without being hot, something a little different from our standby Scotch collections.
Very good french whiskey, kind of a niche but it is very good.
If you are a Scotch lover, you will love this French Whisky. This is my absolute favorite when not having a Scotch. It is very smooth and flavorful without the harshness and bitterness you find in many others. Perfect with a cigar or by itself, I recommend it neat!
Unimpressive and not worth the money.
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