Glann Ar Mor

 

 

Glann Ar Mor distillery is located in the heart of Trιgor in the desolate and wild area of Presqu'ile Sauvage (meaning wild peninsula) in Brittany, France.  The exact location is one of an old farmhouse dating from 1661 and directly facing the ocean on this remote peninsula of Cotes D'armor.

Glann Ar Mor is a craft or Artisan distillery which started production in 2005 after 9 years of planning and development. It has limited production and is owned wholly by The Celtic Whisky Compagnie.

 

 

   

Kornog, Saint Ivy 2011, 57.8% ABV

Typical cost of this bottle; €€€€€

Reviewed (blind) as part of MMA 2011

 
 

Glass; Classic Malt

Colour; Very pale yellow gold

Nose: Warming "Ungarisch" crisps (it's a German 'thing'), perhaps even lightly smoked ham turning slightly antiseptic after 4-5 minutes. Then faintly perfumed soap. All very unusual, but not necessarily bad or unpleasant.

Palate: Again quite unusual as this starts with vanilla and nuts wrapped in smoked ham followed by dry, slightly perfumed juniper.

Finish; Long and dry with juniper and hazelnut.

Overall Impression: A quite unusual whisky, not bad, but maybe just a little young yet.

 

   
   

Kornog, Taouarc'h Eilvet 11BC, 46% ABV

Typical cost of this bottle; €€€€€

Reviewed (blind) as part of MMA 2011

 
 

Glass; Classic Malt

Colour; Extremely pale straw

Nose: Interesting, very aromatic with faint butterscotch which turns more floral after 2-3 minutes. It's lightly fruity too, but always remaining quite fresh.

Palate: Light malt accompanies grasses and hay which soon develop a dry herbal character. There's definitely more depth to the palate than the nose and even some hints of raspberry leading into the finish.

Finish; Long, light and eventually some raspberry.

Overall Impression: There's lots going on in this most unusual, but very enjoyable whisky. I really like it!

 

   

 

 

 

Kornog, Taouarc'h an Hanv 2012, 58.7% ABV

Typical cost of this bottle; €€€€€ to €€€€€

Reviewed (blind) as part of MMA 2012

 
 

Glass; Classic Malt

Colour; Very pale yellow

Nose: My initial impression is one of lightly peated car polish applied on a sunny day or beach bonfire embers. With time a slightly bitter fruitiness develops but this is always faint and subdued, remaining more in the background.

Palate:
This has a nice creamy mouth-feel and then, just like the wild penninsula it explodes initially with a leafiness, but then comes the aftershock or even an eruption of tingly pepperiness, lightly bitter fruitiness and peatiness. This certainly isn't as subdued as the nose.

Finish; Long, but reverting to a fading and subdued lightly bitter fruitiness and peatiness.

Overall Impression: A very gentle and subdued nose is followed by a veritable explosion on the palate, fading softly through the long finish.

 

   
 

 

Kornog, Taouarc'h Pevared 12 BC, 46% ABV

Typical cost of this bottle; €€€€€ to €€€€€

Reviewed (blind) as part of MMA 2012

 
 

Glass; Classic Malt

Colour; Very pale yellow

Nose: Initially offers a very pleasant lightly perfumed or floral bouquet which intensifies and with time develops a suggestion of cardboard, rye bread dough and herbal hints of Basil and Rosemary.

Palate:
This theme continues on the palate with a kind of musty, floral, cardboard-iness accompanied by the Basil & Rosemary but also including some lightly peppery raspberry. No, don't misunderstand me here with that cardboard-iness, it's not in any way bad, just diffferent and actually very pleasant.

Finish; Long with a tingly fruitiness.

Overall Impression: Cardboard, rye bread dough, musty? This all works very well, especially with the excellent fruitiness, so I have to say "this is a good whisky".

 

   
 

 

Kornog, Sant Erwan 2012, 50% ABV

Typical cost of this bottle; €€€€€ to €€€€€

Reviewed (blind) as part of MMA 2012

 
 

Glass; Classic Malt

Colour; Very pale yellow

Nose: This begins with a light farminess and fruitiness but soon expands to include a  fresh salty earthiness which I can only describe as "Atlantic". Very Atlantic as more time passes.

Palate:
This is again more intense than the nose but also offering lots of Atlantic salty freshness alongside a distinct farminess.

Finish; Medium to long and lightly peppery.

Overall Impression: I'm not usually a fan of farmy whiskies but this tends more towards Atlantic which I do like very much. A very nice whisky then.

 

   

 

 

 

 

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