which took me many years to perfect.
BASTILLE is hand-crafted in the South-West of France,
the region where I was born and live.
I use a combination of traditional and cutting edge techniques
to bring out the natural characteristics of the different varieties
of wood cask, water and "terroir".
Here are a few highlights of my unique method
for hand-crafting whisky
(leaving out some of the secrets)
After the initial maturation, BASTILLE is finished
in different styles of wooden cask which provide my whisky
its delicate, harmonious and unique flavors.
BASTILLE uses pure Gensac spring water, filtered naturally
for centuries through Grande Champagne limestone.
Wow, that's a lot of hype: I do have to say that at first taste, I came away very impressed. It has a lot of dried fruit and I know that cherry and Limousin oak are two of the woods used for aging. They both come across in the finish.
Sadly, familiarity breeds contempt. After a few sips, it becomes sickeningly sweet; the wood finish just becomes an aftertaste that won't go away. For $30, I still recommend it. It is different, which you don't see much of these days.