Michel Couvreur Candid Malt WhiskyMichel Couvreur Candid Malt Whisky
Michel Couvreur Candid malt Whisky
Candid Malt Whisky is distilled in 2006 and matured in deeply humid caves within intensely Pedro Ximenez impregnated media botas (250 litres). Four selected casks blended together to obtain regularity of taste. Mellow with roasted almond notes with a soft pungency. Floral and intense nose. Intense to the palate, very mellow with a soft peaty liquorice touch. Widely praised from all corners of the globe, it’s the ultimate centrepiece to any connoisseur’s cabinet.
WHERE MATURING BECOMES ART
Michel Couvreur had a very personal, and truly revolutionary vision of what whisky should be: more than terroir, more than the distiller’s touch, it was the maturing in oak casks that truly helped the grain spirit become whisky. From 1978 on, having settled in the French region of Burgundy, he decided to make it his life’s work and to dedicate his research to a process which he once compared to cross-fertilisation.
DIVERSITY & INTENSITY
We offer a wide range of whiskies: young spirits such as the Clearach; blended and 12-year-old single malts like our classic flagship the Overaged; and some very rare single casks like the iconic Very Sherried, matured for over 25 years.
OUR AROMATIC SIGNATURE
We are constantly looking for new casks (for example, we’ve recently started working with Jura Vin Jaune casks). We blend carefully, choose unusual materials such as amphora, exploit wine lees to the best possible effect… We track each cask individually, and handle them slowly and precisely using gravity only… This allows us to offer an exceptional diversity of products all the while maintaining a distinctive aromatic identity, based on balance.
Each bottle needs particular care—they are hand-corked, hand-waxed and hand-labelled.
TO CARRY ON MICHEL COUVREUR’S LEGACY AND EXPAND HIS WORK
Michel Couvreur passed away in 2013; his son-in-law Cyril Deschamps and his cellar master Jean-Arnaud Frantzen, with the invaluable help of Michel’s devoted wife Marthe and his daughter Alexandra, follow to the letter the philosophy and the motto of the house: Virtute et Opera.
Michel Couvreur Fleeting 500mlMichel Couvreur Fleeting 500ml
Michel Couvreur Fleeting Q Single Malt Whisky 54% 500ml
Porto Colheita maturation: more than 10 years – a spirit made from Golden Promise. Single Malt Whisky distilled on the 13th November 2010, bottled on the 3rd February 2021. Aged completely in two Port pipes. 2000 bottles made at natural strength 54.00%. Powerful, energic and spicy, its savours are well balanced, suggesting an elegant and long after taste.
Michel Couvreur, originally from Belgium, ages Scotch Whisky in the heart of Burgundy (Bouze-Les- Beaune). In the 1950’s he arrived in Burgundy to make and market wine. He took frequent trips to England and Scotland where he sold his wine, but was particularly drawn to Scotland for the fabulous fishing and hunting. In 1964 he moved to Scotland where he became involved in the production process of whisky made from a selection of the most ancient strains of cereals and using extremely rare sherry casks. The industry was changing in the whisky production and the old methods were being replaced by new cheaper ones. The old sherry casks traditionally used were replaced by steel or plastic so Michel returned to France in the 70’s to be nearer to where the sherry casks originate. He dug his own cellar in the hillsides of Bouze-les-Beaune, about midway between the Andalusian vineyards and the Scottish Highlands. His scotch matures there in these rare sherry casks; Pedro Ximenez and/or Palomino. The cellar is a 500-foot tunnel with galleries, kept humid by natural springs running through it. A small room far from any light called ‘the paradise’ shelters some rare, old and elegant nectar, carefully kept in sealed demijohns. The very humid cellar is the main factor behind the fast alcoholic reduction of the whiskies in their casks. The very fragrant floral and fruity aromas can therefore develop ideally and give Couvreur’s whiskies indeed a rare freshness while they age twice as fast.
Michel Couvreur Overaged Malt WhiskyMichel Couvreur Overaged Malt Whisky
Michel Couvreur Overaged Malt Whisky is a vatting of single malts aged between 12 and 27 years in oak casks and resulting from a cognac (double) distillation method with a mash exclusively made of malted barley.
It has been reduced to 43% alcohol by volume. Beige amber tint.
Fragrance of dried flowers, flaxen tobacco, sherry wine, fat almond, a little smoked.
Fruity, powerful and long in the mouth.
Aimed at a balance between new pure young malts and fathomless maturity of older ones.
End of mouth: sherry roundness enhanced by a slightly smoked.