Michel Couvreur

Scotch whiskey and Clearach as he might have tasted more than a hundred years ago, preferably with upbringing in first-class V.O.R.S (30y) Amontillado, Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez barrels.

Near Beaune, Michel Couvreur, a Belgian Burgundian connoisseur, began to raise whiskey in the way great Burgundy is made, with patience, knowledge and understanding of nature. Michel is no longer among us, but his family and employees remain completely true to his idea. When he traded burgundy wine in Scotland in 1951, he came across Captain Ian Tennant of The Glenlivet distillery who was as enthusiastic about his wine as he was about his whiskey. Here he was introduced to Whiskey from the Victorian era (1850/1870).

This resulted in a 25-year study into the magic of this old style of making Whiskey. While studying whiskey ripening in used sherry barrels, he makes the connection that the most beautiful whiskey comes from sherry barrels that were in use a minimum of twenty-five years before sherry production. This also partly applies to Vin Jaune, Montilla Morilles and port barrels.

The sherries are tasted and the barrels that produce the most beautiful sherries are fully bought to store the whiskeys. For example, the Sherry is sold as a residual product so that on the day that the barrels of sherry are stripped, the whiskey is immediately put into the barrels. Dry barrels give more bitter aromas.

According to Michel, this produces the perfect osmosis between the almond tones of the grain and the nutty aromas that the sherry barrel reveals.

He sees the use of bourbon barrels since the 1970s as a tragedy that has unsatisfactorily changed the essence of whiskey.

With regard to the grain to be used, primordial grain is preferred as spelled, from which beer is then brewed and distilled on the Orkney Islands in the far north of Scotland. In addition, barrels are purchased at a number of traditionally operating whiskey distilleries. Possibly from Edradour and Glenlivet, among others, which is not confirmed by Couvreur.

He uses the water from Loch Katrine to bring his whiskey to drinking strength. The whiskey matures partly in Scotland and partly in France.

With a miniscule production of 50,000 bottles per year, Couvreur is the last of the Mohicans to honor a fully traditional whiskey tradition. Few Scottish distilleries can match the old-style result.

No use of caramel, cold filtering, clearance and sugar, which means that the whiskey is not entirely clear as usual, and can even blind temporarily temporarily at cold temperatures. Like wine, many of his whiskeys grow in the glass; It is recommended to pour them in at least 15 minutes before tasting.

 

 

Michel Couvreur
Overaged Malt Whisky 43%
Article code F51Y003
€72,95
in stock
Smooth, tobacco, fresh elegance
Sherry roundness enhanced by a slightly smoked taste
Balance between young and older malts
Michel Couvreur
Overaged Malt Whisky 43%
Smooth, tobacco, fresh elegance
Sherry roundness enhanced by a slightly smoked taste
Balance between young and older malts
€72,95
Michel Couvreur
Candid Malt Whisky 49%
Article code F51Y009
€99,00
in stock
Peat and sweet
Maturation in sherry barrels
scents of grilled almonds
Michel Couvreur
Candid Malt Whisky 49%
Peat and sweet
Maturation in sherry barrels
scents of grilled almonds
€99,00
Michel Couvreur
Special Vatting Malt Whisky
Article code F51Y005
€135,00
in stock
spicy, iodine, tobacco
Fat peat so smoky taste
From 3 barrels of Single Malt of 3 ages
Michel Couvreur
Special Vatting Malt Whisky
spicy, iodine, tobacco
Fat peat so smoky taste
From 3 barrels of Single Malt of 3 ages
€135,00
Michel Couvreur
Pale Single Single 45%
Article code F51Y008
€89,95
in stock
Floral, fine and subtle
Fino Sherry barrels
Delicate elegance
Michel Couvreur
Pale Single Single 45%
Floral, fine and subtle
Fino Sherry barrels
Delicate elegance
€89,95
Michel Couvreur
Intravaganza Clearach
Article code F51Y007
€65,00
in stock
Powerful of sherry and cereals
soft and round
Almond, honey, muscat and very fruity
Michel Couvreur
Intravaganza Clearach
Powerful of sherry and cereals
soft and round
Almond, honey, muscat and very fruity
€65,00
Michel Couvreur
Couvreur's Clearach
Article code F51Y006
€49,95
in stock
Cereals and sherry
maturing in Oloroso and PX wooden barrels
Oxidative tone, Nuts
Michel Couvreur
Couvreur's Clearach
Cereals and sherry
maturing in Oloroso and PX wooden barrels
Oxidative tone, Nuts
€49,95
Michel Couvreur
Cap a Pie 45%
Article code F51Y002
€61,95
in stock
Round and Tight
With a hint of sherry
Complex aftertaste
Michel Couvreur
Cap a Pie 45%
Round and Tight
With a hint of sherry
Complex aftertaste
€61,95
Michel Couvreur
Overaged Malt Whisky 52%
Article code F51Y004
€95,00
in stock
Smooth, tobacco, fresh elegance
Sherry roundness enhanced by a slightly smoked taste
Balance between young and older malts
Michel Couvreur
Overaged Malt Whisky 52%
Smooth, tobacco, fresh elegance
Sherry roundness enhanced by a slightly smoked taste
Balance between young and older malts
€95,00
Michel Couvreur
The Unique Whisky
Article code F51Y001
€49,95
in stock
Light and fine
Michel Couvreur
The Unique Whisky
Light and fine
€49,95