France is slowly gaining a reputation for the quality of its whiskies as well as its other more famous spirits.
Black Mountain Compagnie is typical of a new breed of craft distiller that is making regional French whisky a category of its own. That means making whisky from water that comes direct from a high-altitude spring in the Haut Languedoc. Its distillery won’t be nished until 2018, but that has not stopped it from making award-winning blended whiskies, finished in French spirits casks called the Black Mountain Selection. The BM No1 was named Best European Blended Whisky at the 2015 World Whiskies Awards whilst the BM Notes Fumées was named Best Blend of France at the World Whiskies Awards in 2016. A limited edition will soon be released of Black Mountain No 1 that’s spent six months ageing in barrels whilst being sailed between France and the Scilly Isles.