G. Rozelieures Fumé Collection is a peated single malt from Grallet Dupic Distillery (Distillerie Grallet-Dupic) based in Rozelieures village at Lorraine, France.
This French whisky has been distilled two times and it’s actually been aged in three different locations on the distillery property. They store some of the barrels high up in an attic kind of area. They also use a vaulted cellar and to make things fascinating, an old military fort which was abandoned in the 1870’s.
As mentioned, this one’s peated. The malt has a medium peat level of 20 ppm. The whisky has been matured in old Fino Sherry barrels for 8 years.
The peating differs from typical Scottish (such as Islay) whiskies because the French peat used in this malt consists from different kind of plants than what Islay bogs has to offer.
It’s quite dry and I guess it’s even woody. So the character in this Frenchy is not iodine-like or medicinal, like those healing Islay peat smoke whiskies.
This whisky is interesting, something you should definitely try out, if you happen to bump into this kind of stuff. It’s always refreshing to try out other peated whiskies than Islay ones, to widen your perspective.
So get your French Connection of peat if you can!