WHIS­KY

Bordeaux Moments - - Dossier / Focus -

The beau­ti­ful sto­ry of Moon Har­bour is one of friend­ship, com­mon pas­sion and sha­red am­bi­tion. The aim of the pro­ject was to create a whis­ky dis­til­le­ry in Bor­deaux that would be able to pro­duce an ex­cep­tio­nal single malt that would be 100% gi­ron­din. There’s al­so an ar­chi­tec­tu­ral cu­rio­si­ty; the shi­ny new buil­ding that houses the still backs on­to a vast bun­ker from the Se­cond World War. Ori­gi­nal­ly built to pro­tect the neigh­bou­ring sub­ma­rine base’s fuel sup­ply from bom­bing, now it is the site of a pea­ce­ful whis­ky ageing pro­cess, in bar­rels that once contai­ned Sau­ternes wine and red grand crus. To give them­selves the best chance pos­sible, Moon Har­bour brought in John Mc­dou­gall, known around the world for his ex­per­tise as a blen­der and dis­til­ler. The first blends aged in Bor­deaux bar­rels- the first fruit of this part­ner­ship- have al­rea­dy been brought out, with the single malt ex­pec­ted to reach ma­tu­ri­ty in 2020. Ma­king the most of the still, Moon Har­bour has al­so pro­du­ced a gin, ad­ding co­rian­der and go­ji to the ju­ni­per ber­ries, as well as kaf­fir limes, ti­mut pep­per and Es­pe­lette pep­per. These new crea­tions aren’t as exo­tic as it may seem when you consi­der that this ca­pi­tal of wine and spi­rits was once a ter­ri­to­ry of the En­glish Crown, it has al­ways had a close com­mer­cial re­la­tion­ship with Scot­land, and al­so wel­co­med Irish Ca­tho­lics, some of which have be­lon­ged to the pan­theon of Bor­deaux wi­ne­ma­kers since the 17th cen­tu­ry (Dillon, Clarke, Kir­wan and Lynch for example).

Moon Har­bour

Shop open: Tues-sat 11am-1pm & 2pm-7pm Tour and tas­tings: Tues-sat 11am, 3pm, 4.30pm and 6pm 492 Bvd. Al­fred Da­ney in Bor­deaux Tel. 05 56 29 86 60 moon­har­bour.fr

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