Le Pertuis Pure Malt Whisky

Le Pertuis Pure Malt Whisky

(0.75l, 42.6%)


6.8/10
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A "pure malt" Whisky from northwestern France that’s worth a dram.

Île de Ré is a a 90 square-mile barrier island just off the coast of northwestern France. Saint-Martin-de-Ré is a small commune — one of ten on the island — that fronts the Pertuis Strait. In short… this might be the last place you would expect to find a Whisky maker. But sure enough, this small, idyllic, French hamlet is where they make small batches of Le Pertuis Whisky using locally-grown grains and old-world craftsmanship.

Technically, Le Pertuis Whisky is a Pure Malt. This means that their base Spirits is 100% malted barley, but it might be distilled in more than one location. Seems that demand for their signature Spirit outstrips the capacity of the stills on site, so a bit is farmed out to other houses to keep up the supply. They age their Spirit for five years in new oak before finishing it in three different seasoned barrels — ex-Bourbon, Cognac, and Pineau des Charentes casks. The results of each are blended to taste. And it's darn tasty too. 

Smartass Corner:
With it’s strategic location, Saint-Martin-de-Ré has been a heavily-fortified military outpost since the time of the last Crusades. The ruins of the ancient forts are everywhere. Personally, we think that Whisky production is a much better usage for the site.
  • Category
  • Style
    Pure Malt Whisky
  • Region
    Rè Island
  • Country
    France
  • Alcohol
    42.6%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    5 Year Old
  • Maturation
    New oak barrels + Bourbon, Cognac & Pineau des Charentes barrel finish

Flavor Spiral™

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chocolate
oak
apple
apricot
caramel
cocoa
cinnamon
smoky
figs
What does Le Pertuis Pure Malt Whisky taste like?

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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Mahogany 

Nose / Aroma / Smell
A cornucopia of fruit — tangy grapefruit, baked apples, and cocoa. 

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Complex with fruitcake, figs, cinnamon, chocolate, and dried apricot. 

Finish
Medium length and warm with sea-salt toffee.

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Ratings & Reviews
A.
A.,
Not bad for a five year old whisky. There's some flavour and some spice there and it has a bitter of character.
 
guest
guest,
I do recommend. Smooth and fruity. Honey and chocolate notes make this whisky very pleasant.
 
Martin
Martin,
I've tasted many drams of countless other Whiskeys and this stands out as an exceptionally terrible drink. Unfortunately I simply cannot think of a single positive thing to about this. 10/10 would not reccomend
 
Duncan
Duncan,
Easily the worst ‘whisky’ I’ve ever encountered (blended or malt)... it tastes like pure alcohol - likely due to only 5yrs ageing...
Martin
Martin,
I couldn't agree more 🤢
Lawrence
Lawrence,
Really pleasantly surprised by this. Didn't have many expectations but this was very drinkable. Fruity most of all, bit of sweetness and definitely some salty toffee in there too. A little bit of harshness but that's my only criticism. Who knew French whisky was this good?!
 
Grainger
Grainger,
This one has warm alcoholic notes on the nose and a rather thin but biting flavour that reminds me a little of brandy. Despite this I keep coming back to it as a different and interesting take on whisky.
 
James
James,
Part of a sample box. Nose was buttery, but in an odd way. I didn't get much on the palate and it had too much alcohol burn on the finish for my liking. Glad i tried it, but won't be revisiting it anytime soon.
 
Ross
Ross,
Very harsh on the nose for me. I'm not getting much other than a reminder of the days when vodka shots were a regular occurrence. Taste wish I get the fruitiness, it's quite dry as well. My initial thoughts were some sherry and I got a bit of a botanical taste off it, too.
 
Gavin
Gavin,
I found it bland nothing much to it
 
Paul
Paul,
For a French Single malt I was surprised by the good taste.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Not bad not good. I thought a drop of water was welcomed to pass the harshness of this whisky. Toffee and chocolate were the main distinction but no real distinction to my opinion 🤷‍♂️
 
Andreas
Andreas,
Never tried a frensh whisky before but this one was a Nice surprise.
 
Mortimer
Mortimer,
Good nose but a bit too weak when drank for my taste
 
Amelia
Amelia,
Once it breaths the chocolate is very prevalent. The smell is off putting to us, almost tequila smelling.
 
Darragh
Darragh,
A pleasant enough drink, slightly peaty but not overpowering (I'm not a fan of very peaty whiskies)
 
Owen
Owen,
Lovely and fruity with notes that remind me of a sauvignon blanc on the nose. Strong but very pleasant chocolate and dried fruit flavour initially with a hint of oak and liquorice to follow, with a delightful sweet salted toffee finish. Not as smooth as an Irish whiskey and benefits from a cube of ice or drop of water to release flavour and mellow it out a little. Definitely one I'll buy again, as it won't be long till I finish this one. 😁
 
Shannon
Shannon,
Really liked the apple and chocolate notes
 
Antti
Antti,
It is a very good, elegant, Pure Malt Whisky that has a fruity birth while a complex life leads to a balanced death of medium length with notes of sea-salt toffee.
 
Clark
Clark,
Quite a nice bottle. The honey flavour/sweetness is apparent. If I was to blind taste-test it I would have guessed it was a bourbon.
 
Anna
Anna,
If you like cognac (which I do) this is a treat. Heavy cognac/apple on the nose and then a nice surprise dried fruit (fig?) dash on the palate, with a nice maritime finish that reminds me of an unpeated Islay.
 
Alex
Alex,
Never knew any whisky was made in France. It’s quite good too, lovely notes of cocoa & chocolate make this whisky an unexpected delight
 
Elliot
Elliot,
Harsh start to faded finish makes it reasonably smooth, not particularly full bodied, but a decent drink.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Has a nice subtle fruit with spice flavors and decent non-lingering burn. On ice the burn goes away and the fruit is more prominent.
 
Dylan
Dylan,
I am from NC and the smell and first taste is a bit like shine. After the bite it mellows out and tastes like the sweat off Adriana Lima’s elbow. This is very good.
 
Roy
Roy,
A bias review; following a day 'on it', we returned home in the small hours for tea and a 'night cap'. The French Malt came out and we both agreed that this was a decent bottle, reminiscent of some brandy, dank, easy, pleased I bought it.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
This was middle of the road for me, neither good nor bad. Noticed some hints of oak and apricot but that was about it.
 
Deja
Deja,
Very interesting and unique tasting.
 
VINCENT
VINCENT,
Very pleasant whisky with a lovely woodiness that enhances the ripe fruits. Very good taste...
 
Jamie
Jamie,
Good, but lacks distinction.
 
Maggie
Maggie,
So smooth. Was so surprised by this one
 
Craig
Craig,
I was pleasantly surprised by this "pure malt" whisky I've never heard of before. Maybe I should try more pure malt?
 
Matt
Matt,
The flavor spiral is definitely accurate on this one. A lot of chocolate flavor up front and in the after taste. It’s a unique flavor, but not something I’d want all the time.
 
Haley
Haley,
Smell is sublime... taste is not bad but not amazing either.
 
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