Armorik Yeun Elez: heavy smoke from Brittany

A French single malt made from Scottish peated malt

 

The Armorik Single Malts from the Breton Warenghem Distillery have secured a firm place in the whisky scene in recent years. So far they are generally known as unpeated whiskies, even if there have been some slightly smoky special editions such as the Triagoz. With the Armorik Yeun Elez, Warenghem now presented a new range of whisky based on Scottish peated malt of 50 ppm.

Bourbon cask matured and Sherry cask matured whisky was used for the Armorik Yeun Elez Jobic. It was bottled unchill filtered at 46% ABV.

Tasting notes for the Armorik Yeun Elez Jobic

Color: Pale yellow with slight golden reflections. Nose: Beautiful aromatic intensity, the peat is medicinal (camphor, clove) supported by fruity (bananas, cooked peaches) and pastry notes.

Palate: Smoke envelops the palate, citrus notes bring freshness. Nice roundness with a hint of saltiness.

Finish: A lingering, iodized and spicy finish, ending with a warm wood fire.

The Yeun Elez - a swamp full of mystery

The name Armorik has chosen for this peated whisky refers to the Yeun Elez area in the heart of the Finistère department in Brittany. This area, with its swamps and forests, is often the scene of legends mythical stories.

Warenghem explains: “Located in the Monts d'Arrée, in the heart of the Armorica Natural Park, the Yeun Elez is a swam considered in Breton legends as the Gateway to Hell. According to the legend reported by Anatole le Braz, it is here that one came to reject into hell the evil souls who haunted the living. Tadic-Coz knew the secret and the ritual of locking the souls of ghosts in the body of a black dog. He instructed the young Jobic to guide the dog towards the door of the Underworld. The latter, going from presbytery to presbytery, led the black dog to the rector of Commana. Together, at sunset, they threw the black dog into the Yeun Elez swamp, condemning the ghost to hell." (A.Le Braz, La Légende de la mort en Basse-Bretagne, 1893)

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