Price Point: $25 – $35 for 750 ML
Distiller: Daucourt Ste
Quite possibly the greatest thing about whiskey is its diversity. Flavor profiles are generated and differentiated by ingredients, distillation techniques, and geographic location. The culture, knowledge/experience, and personal preferences of the distiller also have a large effect on the outcome of the spirit. Because of this, I always get excited to try whiskeys from places that may have an entirely different perspective on the concept of whiskey than the tried and true methods.
I had my first experience with Bastille at Whiskey Fest 2011. It was actually the first whisky I sampled that night. Obviously I was giddy to try anything, but it was nice to start my night off with a whisky at the caliber of Bastille.
The nose of Bastille is very unique. It’s light and florally, with just a touch of a Highland Scotch scent.
Bastille’s taste really stands out, too. My first taste at Whiskey Fest immediately reminded me of Penderyn, a Welsh whisky. Of course, Bastille retails for about one-third the price, so you already feel a bit smarter drinking this stuff. Bastille is a bit lighter than Penderyn and less fruity.
Immediately after, you’ll notice a bit of a malty taste, which fades into the florally flavor you previously experienced.
Rating & Recommendations
Bastille French Whisky is another example of a unique whisky I would recommend trying, if anything, to say you’ve had a French whisky. I give this brand an 81 out of 100.
This whisky is light enough to drink neat. In my opinion, any ice or water added to this would dilute too much of the flavor.
Whiskey is such a diverse product. What makes it great is that everybody sees and tastes it differently. The French have given their own perspective with Bastille, and I have to thank them for that.