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PIQUE-NIQUE

MICRO CUVÉE

HEADLINE FACTS

TITLE Pique-Nique
MATURATION 3 YEARS, 10 MONTHS, 9 DAYS
ASSEMBLAGE DATE 30 April 2021
Bottled 26 July 2021
ABV 50%
For Market EU, Taiwan, China
No. OF BOTTLES 2,750

PIQUE-NIQUE

Golden meadow, babbling brook, zephyr breeze, azure sky; a lazy, hazy dejeuner sur l’herbe under dappled relief, a blanket on the grass & time on one’s hands. Pique-Nique is an occasional, lighthearted, seasonal dram created with only such frivolous bucolic pleasures in mind – Head Distiller Ned’s little summer pudding of Single Farm Origin synthesis.

THE GROWERS

Evan McDonnell Mortarstown
Peter Cummins Ballykelly
Sean & Pierce Cousins Kilmore Quay
Francis & Philip Kehoe Lacken
Barry Ashmore Blackcastle
Kenneth Ashmore Knockroe

BARLEY VARIETIES

A Pique-Nique... On Islay?

We managed to smuggle a bottle of Pique-Nique – our latest and very limited Micro Cuvée – to our founder and CEO Mark Reynier, whilst at home on Islay.

YEAST & WATER

FERMENTATION TIME 145 HOURS
Production water Volcanic Aquifer

Head Distiller's Observations

Appearance: A peach blush with luscious oils.

Nose: Strawberries & cream, a walk through a garden in summer bloom, pear peeling, freshly cut grass, carrot cake, sea mist, toasted almonds, hay dust, mint chocolate, mixed berries.

Taste: Dry but mouth puckering with a spice heat that grows and lingers, dark chocolate with sultans, coriander, blood oranges, crème brûlée, peppercorns, porridge and honey, ginger, plums, bell peppers.

Finish: Lingering spice that goes from dry to chewy, a summers nose and a taste to take you to a balmy summers night.

cask no. cask type cask fill cooperage fill date farm
3284 Vin Doux Naturel 300.91 Maderes 28 October 2016 Mortarstown
3133 Premium French 226.46 Chateau Lafite Rothschild 24 January 2017 Ballykelly
3154 Premium French 222.19 Chateau Lafite Rothschild 9 February 2017 Kilmore Quay
3167 Premium French 223.73 Rivesaltes 28 February 2017 Lacken
10031 Premium French 221.64 Chateau Leoville 6 December 2017 Blackcastle
10032 Premium French 224.01 Chateau Leoville 6 December 2017 Blackcastle
3435 Premium French 227.89 Chateau Lafite Rothschild 21 December 2017 Knockroe

Composition

81% PREMIUM FRENCH OAK
19% VIN DOUX NATUREL