"GLANN AR MOR" DISTILLERY IS UP AND RUNNING !
News about Celtic Whisky Compagnie
On 12 June 2005 at 5:06 PM, nine long years of preparation and of work were at last materialized, when the first spirit flew through the spirit safe of Glann ar Mor distillery
First spirit !
This first spirit was actually the "middle cut", which will eventually become "whisky" after having spent a minimum of three years in an oak cask (below : fermentation of the wash which will be distilled).
For such a special day, the weather had put itself in harmony, with a brillant and clear sky, and a perfectly quiet sea bathed in a glorious ligth (below : picture taken from the distillery on 12 June 2005 around 6:00 PM, with a barley field in the foreground).
In spite of the uncertainty potentially linked to the start of any completely new setting up, everything worked perfectly smoothly, from the first stage which was the mashing, up to the two distillations requested to deliver the final spirit (below : the wash still and the spirit still ready to be fired up).
This first distillation marks the start of operation of the distillery, this knowing that, as a reminder, a first distillation with a small volume and using a temporary equipment, had taken place on 31 December 1999, in the premises which were to become the home of the genuine and full distillery a few years later. The small cask which had been filled then has given birth to the "Taol Esa 1999" ("Taol Esa" means "The Essay" in Breton language) which has already received very favourable comments.
The operation of the distillery is from now on allowing the regular production of two types of Single Malt whiskies : an unpeated expression and a peated expression.
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And to discover how one can celebrate the start of a new distillerie, at the same time that one offers its first whisky, browse directly the special page of the Breton Single Malt Whisky TAOL ESA 1999.
Three "Celtique Connexion" rewarded by Whisky Magazine
In its issue 52 of december 2005/January 2006, Whisky Magazine tasted 10 Single Malts finished in wine casks. You can discover the full results and the scores by clicking on the cover of the magazine.
GOLD MEDAL AGAIN AT THE 2005 BRUSSELS SPIRITS AWARDS FOR "CELTIQUE CONNEXION"
After the Silver Medal awarded in 2003 by the "Celtique Connexion" 1989 finished in a Sauternes cask, followed by the Gold Medal won in 2004 by the "Celtique Connexion" 1990 finished in a Sauternes cask, the jury of the "Brussels Spirits Award" has awarded the 2005 Gold Medal to the "Celtique connexion" 1990 finished in a Cadillac cask.