Man did I need a drink today. I fully intended to go into the LCBO, grab something dependable, and get out. But, as I tend to do, I got distracted by something new. Armorik sounded like a good Scotch name. Except it's not a Scotch. It's a whisky alright but it hails from France and not Scotland. I REALLY wanted a Macallan or Aberlour but I just couldn't say no to this oddity.
The first whiff had me nervous. It started interestingly enough with a crisp spice but then followed quickly with a kind of sickening, oily bloom. Not good at all. Can't really pin point what it reminded me of. A bad tequila maybe. Definitely hints of cheap whisky. Ach. Ah well, I bought it, might as well keep on truckin'.
And the taste was surprisingly good. The spice comes to life on first taste much like the aroma but the bloom is a bold caramel instead of oil. The oil is there still but it's subtle and not too intrusive. There's hardly any burn to the aftertaste. Not too bad.
So, not what I needed today and not something I'd get again, but not a bad experiment. It's not Scotch but it would do if I was stuck in France.
There is no substitute for the real thing. 3 shots.