Review: Roof Rye French Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

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New Virgin Oak and Reused Oak
100% Rye
Distiller Distillery Warenghem (Lannion, France)

This whisky was produced by the distillery which also brings us the French Single Malt Armorik, with 100% malted rye and matured in a combination of new and reused oak. It is about 8 years old, but, interestingly, the barrels spent about 18 months in iron boxes which lead to high heat maturation in the summer. Other than that, I know very little about this...

Review (2018)

  • Batch: 1

  • Bottling Code: L331 15 10:51

  • Bottling Date: 2017

The nose is very fruity, with a ton of dried fruit and lots of oak. Apples, raisins, hazlenuts, grassy spiciness, brown sugar, prunes, currants, fruitcake, commercial candied citrus peel, vanilla, and caramel.

The palate actually reminds me more of a rye-flavored single malt than a single malt, other than a good bit of oak. I suppose I mean the body feels more like a single malt than a spicy rye. There is still lots more dried fruit, custard, chocolate, and the myriad rye spices – but the piece unique here for me is the amount of dried fruit, but, more importantly, a distinct spicy earthiness. The finish seems to have a slight spicy edge that almost feels sulphuric. Creamy finish with a bit of coffee.Nice whisky – I wonder if it would appeal to single malt drinkers more regularly than other big flavored ryes.

Value: Low, based on $155 CAD/700 ml.