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MICHEL COUVREUR 12-YEAR-OLD SCOTCH WHISKEY
You may be surprised to learn that a Belgian man is making Scotch Whisky in the heart of Burgundy! The man in question is Michel Couvreur who is a passionate perfectionist when it comes to Scotch Whisky.
In the 1950ís Michel Couvreur, originally from Belgium, landed in Burgundy and made and marketed wine there. He took frequent trips to England and Scotland where he sold his wine, but was particularly drawn to Scotland for the fabulous fishing and hunting. Eventually he moved to England in 1956, then to Scotland in 1964 where he became involved in the production process of whisky - from the selection of the most ancient strains of cereals to employing extremely rare sherry casks. It became his dream to pursue the passion he had for making a unique Scotch Whisky. Unfortunately times were changing in the whisky production and the old methods were being replaced by new cheaper ones. The old sherry casks traditionally used were replaced by steel or plastic.
Michel decided to return to France in the 70ís to be nearer to where the sherry casks originate and he dug his own cellar in the hillsides of Bouze-les-Beaune. Here, about midway between the Andalusian vineyards and the Scottish Highlands, Michel Couvreur matures his Scotch in these rare sherry casks (Pedro Ximenez and/or Palomino) to produce an exceptional whisky. This large and humid cellar leads to a 500-foot tunnel with galleries full of natural springs, surrounded by rows of barrels. The barrels have been impregnated for decades by the powerful and voluptuous Jerez (Sherry) and here the germinated barley (or malted barley) mixed with water he brings from Scotland slowly becomes whisky.
He is indeed one of the last of the artisanal producers of Scotch Whisky in the world.
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