Bunnahabhain Staoisha Feuillettes AK Collection 70cl 49°
Bunnahabhain! A cult name that evokes pretty things in the eyes of amateurs! "Staoisha" is generally used by independent bottlers for "heavily peated". Lenaïck, with her unconditional passion for whisky, peat and the rich French terroirs, comes here to marry the best of both!
This Bunnahabhain was distilled in 2013. Very peaty, it required a lot of work during its young life to bring it maturity and great wealth.
It aged 6 years in two 250L barrels bringing balance and maturity to this powerful distillate. These two barrels were then separated into two "cuvées". The first "cuvée" is aged in small barrels called "Feuillettes" having contained French wine from Château Margaux and Spanish Sherry.
Aromatic power guaranteed on this opposition of style between the peated whiskies of Islay and the great wines of the regions of Bordeaux in France and Jerez in Spain ...
The whisky takes on a superb dark red hue here and above all explodes on the palate with aromas of smoked fruit and spices!
"Octaves" (20 to 40L) and "Feuillettes" (110L) are terms used to designate small barrels, as opposed to the traditional Barrels (180L), Barrels (228L), Hogsheads (250L) and Butts (500L).
The small barrels used for these two Bunnahabhain "Octaves" and "Feuillettes" accelerate and intensify aging, their small sizes literally concentrate the aromas of the whole and promote an energetic exchange between the distillate and the wood!
When a Breton whisky producer also wants to choose the best of Scotland, in homage to his "opposite cousins "...
Lénaïck LEMAITRE first created "Naguelann", a whisky 100% made in Brittany near Saint-Malo in France, by developing a range of blending, refining and distilling pure malts.
In the meantime, with two friends and associates on Naguelann, he has set up a Whisky bar / shop in the historic center of Saint-Malo. They called it "ArKoad", a Breton translation for "the forest".
To have more singularity in the choice of whisky offered, Lénaïck decided to cross the sea and choose his own Scottish barrels, to bottle them with his personal touch, its blends and its finishes.
It's the story of a passionate guy
It's the story of a Celtic culture
It's “AK Scotch Whiskey Collection”
The strength of these whiskies lies in Lenaïck’s experience. In fact, he touches all trades in the "Whisky World" universe: tasting in his Malouin bar, distillation in his Breton distillery, independent bottling and woodworking in his cellar in Scotland. Add to that a passion for "good product" and the best of Breton and French terroir ... it gives you real taste nuggets in a purely fun spirit.
Lenaïck, with AK, is also the defender of an idea which is progressing: to make the tasting as accessible and as fun as possible. This obviously goes through natural colour and unfiltered traffic.
Another technique is involved in bottling: the search for the "optimal degree". He searches for each of his whiskies, the degree of alcohol or the aromatic balance and texture is at its peak.
His whisky is not reduced to 40 ° and is not often bottled in casks. The alcohol level is often between 45 ° and 50 °. Lenaïck, drop by drop, during long sessions of analysis of his whiskies, reduces the alcohol level until the "peak" of equilibrium. One more process that proves the experience of this passionate and the enormous work carried out around his creations.