French Inspiration #1 and #2 – Two new Small Batch Releases for France

The well-known French whisky merchant La Maison du Whisky, which is also the Kilchoman importer for France, has now released two new small batch bottlings for the French market under the name French Inspiration.

The basis of the whiskies in the 2019 introduced new series of Small Batch Releases for selected markets is always an already finished Machir Bay vatting or Machir Bay Collaborative Vatting , i.e. a whisky with 46% alcohol strength, which was previously matured for 3-5 years predominantly in bourbon barrels and 5-15% in oloroso sherry casks. This vatting is then married with an additional special cask.

In the case of French Inspiration #1, the additional cask is a Calvados cask for the first time in a small batch release, while for French Inspiration #2 it is a Sauternes wine cask. These two casks, which come from France, explain the name French Inspiration.

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These two bottlings are actually already the Small Batch Releases No. 4 and 5 for the French market. Under the name Exclusive Selection, three Small Batch bottlings have already been released from 2019 to 2021 especially for the shop Le comptoir Irlandais. These stand out not only because of their French designation, but especially because they were not imported via LMDW. In addition, Le comptoir Irlandais confused the whisky lovers and collectors with the fact that the No. 2 was assigned twice, there is an Exclusive Selection No. 2 [2020] and an Exclusive Selection No. 2 [2021].

France seems to have a special place in Kilchoman’s sales and marketing department. Small batch releases for individual retailers and even a Kilchoman limited release for a local supermarket chain with Loch Gruinart – you won’t find anything like it anywhere else.

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French Inspiration #1

Cask type: 70 % Bourbon Barrels / 5 % Oloroso Sherry / 25 % Calvados Cask

Age: NAS

Date Bottled: 6.4.2022

Strength: 49,7 % abv

Phenol level: 50 ppm

Number of bottles: 1.260

Flaschengröße: 0,7 l

Bottle code: SBR 06.04.22 22/25

Market: France

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French Inspiration #2

Cask type: 75 % Bourbon Barrels / 5 % Oloroso Sherry / 20 % Sauternes Cask

Age: NAS

Date Bottled: 7.4.2022

Strength: 49,1 % abv

Phenol level: 50 ppm

Number of bottles: 1.260

Bottle volume: 0,7 l

Bottle code: SB 07.04.22 22/23

Market: France

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