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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.
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.
Appearance / Color
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.
Medium length and warm with sea-salt toffee.
The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Le Pertuis Pure Malt Whisky and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.
We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.