Whisky Review: Bastille 1789 Blended Whisky

Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by Bastille Whisky. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review. It should also be noted that by clicking the buy link towards the bottom of this review our site receives a small referral payment which helps to support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs.

Jean-Marc Daucourt began his first big educational lesson, at home, with his grandfather who hosted a group lunch every Sunday. There, Maison Daucourt learned the art of entertaining. He learned about sharing food and beverages with a group of people (a great primer to studying distillation in Scotland). After years of study and apprenticeship, he returned to France to make a new whisky with his brother.

The Daucourt family has been distilling for four generations, and owns a distillery and a winery in the Cognac region of France. The Daucourt brothers plus their nephew, Charles, used the cognac stills to make a new blend of whisky.

Bastille 1789 Blended Whisky is distilled using the family distillery’s traditional alembic Cognac pot still from wheat and malted barley. The grains are sourced from an area in northeastern France that  also supplies barley for several Scottish producers. Also taking cues from Scotch, the spirit is then aged in “different varieties of wood casks,” including French Limousin oak casks, all of which had previously been used to age other wines or spirits.

There’s not too much information on the exact process involved in the making of this whisky, much less the age. Depending on what articles or reviews you read, you might get slightly different stories on age and even how the whisky came to be. One thing’s for sure, however: Bastille 1789 Blended Whisky has gotten several good reviews and medals. Now, onto our tasting notes.

Bastille 1789 Blended Whisky (image via Aaron Knapp)

Bastille 1789 Blended Whisky (image via Aaron Knapp)

Tasting Notes: Bastille 1789 Blended Whisky

Vital Stats: Made from malted barley and wheat. Aged in used casks, including Limousin oak casks. Maison Daucourt’s distillery is in Angouleme, France. No age statement but some note 5-7 years. 80 proof. $37 USD.

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Appearance: Thin and quick moving legs. Light in color like a pale gold.

Nose: The nose is very light and refreshing. There’s a light honey, brine, mineral, and cedar.

Palate: Just like the nose, the palate is very light and refreshing. Thin but not without flavor. The palate is a light floral with orange blossom and hints of a distant honeysuckle. It’s also a bit herbal with some apricot skin, leaving a lingering warmth in the middle of the mouth.

The Takeaway

Summary

Bastille 1789 Blended Whisky is very delicate with a lot of flavor, which seems about right for a French Whisky. It's complex yet, very light and drinkable. I feel it is perfect for a summer whisky and the taste is even better than the nose. Whisky newbies should like its refreshing palate. Scotch lovers might think it's a little light but still enjoyable. Cognac drinkers might also appreciate the similarities to their drink of choice. Overall I think this whisky is an affordable neat option. It's also great over ice, but maybe too light for a cocktail.

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