2003 XV 2018
rancio, spicy, liquorice - AN O L D E R C L E A R A C H
Same spirit as Couvreur’s Clearach but older (15 years instead of 3, wholly matured in medium humid cellar). Limited edition.
Palate round and mellow, nice tight thanks to its natural alcohol concentration, very easy to drink. Well Balanced, spicy, suave, with a very soft « woody frame», it reveals a panoply of very complex flavors. It reminds us of the Clearach by its freshness of almond, slightly aniseed, flavors of white beer, but much more complex with bitter additional notes due to the Oloroso barrel. In comparison with the XII, the XV is clearer, revealing a point of oxidative. Wonderful example of rancio, balancing the bitterness, the roundness and the spicy flavors bringing a lot of freshness.
One cask of 783 bottles produced
Only 72 bottles available in Hong Kong
COUNTRY France (Bourgogne)
AGED 15 years in Oloroso Butt (500 Liters)
Cellar Zone Medium Humid
Original Strength 63%
Natural Strength In Casks 47%
Bottling Strength 47%
About the producer
Michel Couvreur whisky’s style is acquired by years of long contact with Sherry or other different impregnated wine casks. Now to what makes them so unique: the cellars. Tucked away in a little village, Bouze-lès- Beaune, halfway between Andalusia and Scotland, they look like a cave which is 15 metres deep with some 150 metres of galleries dug in limestone but giving humidity, silence, calm and depth. A choice of cask and a delicate dance of maturation between dry and damp places, Michel Couvreur whiskies are incredibly
flavourful, intense and soft all at the same time. Style and nobility are acquired following many years of ageing.
What makes Michel Couvreur’s Whiskies so special is not the distilled base product but the choice of barrels they have been selecting. They keep a very special attention to the choice of barrel, spending a lot of time and money looking for the most unique barrels down all over Europe.