Alfred Giraud Heritage

£129.95

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Grower: Henri Giraud
Style: Blended Malt / Matured in several types of casks
Country: France
Appellation: Cognac
Age: No Age Statement
Alcohol: 45.9% ABV
Closure: CORK
Bottle Size: 70cl

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Born from three distillates, un-peated. The bouquet is sharp but fresh, lightly floral with notes of potpourri, plus notes of cut hay, roasted walnuts, and some toasted spices. The palate has more fruit — orange and some tropical notes — plus a layer of sesame seeds, a lick of smouldering, charred wood, and a grassy note that evolves on the finish. It comes to life and reveals some unique, French charm that just comes to the fore on the finish. C’est la vie.

The Giraud family has long been associated with Cognac, but fifth generation Alfred Giraud’s tastes seem to run more to barley than grapes. Late last year saw the launch of the man’s eponymous French Malt Whisky, which are both made from French barley, malted in France, and double distilled in the open flame-heated Charente copper pot stills used for Cognac. Multiple distillates are mingled and matured in several types of casks — new French oak, new American oak, and used Cognac casks (which are primarily used for finishing) — before bottling (with no age statement).

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