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Kornog: Peated Single Malt Whisky

Kornog: Peated Single Malt Whisky

Kornog, an intensely peaty single malt, is the result of a precise and meticulous production process that leaves nothing to chance.

This work of art achieved by Celtic Whisky Distillerie has not failed to attract the attention of international experts, as this whisky has been referenced by the famous Whisky Bible for over ten years.

Such recognition is particularly remarkable for a French single malt. Let’s discover what makes Kornog so special and unique.

A Single Malt Combining the Celtic soul and French Identity

For many centuries Brittany has been part of the Celtic world and, for a long time, the Bretons have venerated the same saints as the Irish monks who once shared the secrets of whisky making with the Scots.

In Celtic lands where vines do not grow, barley, the most important grain for whisky production, is cultivated. In the north and west of Scotland, the harvesting of peat is also an important part of the whisky-making process, along with barley.

Peat is a fuel made up of plants and other organic waste decomposing over centuries. Through combustion peat gives rise to phenols and contributes to the aromatic palette of whisky. Its concentration is expressed in “phenols per million” (or PPM).

With 50 PPM, Kornog has a very peaty character in the purest Celtic tradition. This French whisky has no reason to envy Scottish single malts especially those from the famous Islay Island.

The peaty dimension of Kornog is apparent on the palate with a smoky side that blends harmoniously and in balance with fruit and sweet spices from patient maturation (ginger and white pepper). The smooth, long finish is exceptionally fruity for a whisky distilled from peated malt.

Informations Kornog Celtic Whisky DIstillerie

The Kornog Peated Whisky Collection

Kornog Roc’h Hir is the classic example of this French single malt made by Celtic Whisky Distillerie. Aged in Bourbon casks by the sea Kornog Roc’h Hir is bottled without artificial colouring or cold filtration. It has an alcoholic strength of 46%. The case containing a bottle of Kornog Roc’h Hir immediately shows the celtic identity, representing a lighthouse beaten by the winds. This mythical lighthouse is located off the Finistère Island of Ouessant, the most western of the Breton Islands. Kornog means “West,” and by extension “West Wind”. As soon as the bottle is opened the nose is seized by powerful iodine and sea spray notes. This is quickly followed by a bouquet of aromas ranging from lemon peel to beeswax enhanced by a delicate touch of vanilla.

Each year in May Celtic Whisky Distillerie makes two special bottlings of Kornog single cask. These are Kornog Sant Ivy and Kornog Sant Erwan. Each of these two bottlings is made from a single Bourbon barrel.

All three Kornog bottlings (Roc’h Hir, Sant Ivy and Sant Erwan) are listed by the Whisky Bible. In 2016, Kornog was even awarded the coveted title of ‘European Whisky of the Year’.

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