This whisky is produced in limited quantitiesand distilled from a slightly peated malt. It has been aged in Sherry, Cognac and Sauternes casks.The Sauternes casks gives a round, fruity and mellow whisky,with notes of ripe fruits and a touch of Sherry.
Rozelieures is made in, no surprise, the village of Rozelieures—about 30 miles southeast of Nancy, if you’re up on your French geography. Their website emphasizes how the terroir of the Lorraine region is ideally suited for whiskey production. It’s a major barley-growing region—producing 20% of malting barley grown in France, and exporting some of it to Scotland—and is home to sizable brewing and distilling industries (though distilling, historically, has been limited to fruit brandies). Grallet Dupic is a 150-year-old grower and distiller of Mirabelle plums; the whisky side of the business dates to the early 2000s. All the barley used at Rozelieures is grown in Lorraine, some of it onsite. It’s aged in three different wine storehouses, one of them in a disused military fort dating to the 1870s. The distillery uses a variety of used barrels, from France, Kentucky, and Spain. The Rare Collection, specifically, is an expression aged in French Sauternes casks, which the website notes impart “soft, round fruit notes against a sherry background.” It’s bottled at 40% ABV.