Bastille 1789
Added on Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 at 08:16 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: Other
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Blend
  ABV: 40.00 % Region: France
  Price: $35 Availability: Better Stores
Member Ratings and Notes

n:  Minty liqueur.  Fresh chlorine pool.


p:  Light and minty.  Overly watery.  Floral. 


What the hell is in this? I know the site says it’s made of barley and wheat, but I don’t get any of that. The first assault on my senses reminded me of the last time I was sick and all we had in the house was Fruit Punch flavored Emergen-C. But I let it breathe, that initial olfactory backhand died down and I was presented with the unmistakable smell of Triple Sec. I grabbed a bottle of the good ol’ 3 sec just to verify and they were strikingly similar, but the more it breathed the more I picked up on other notes of cinnamon, red licorice, and something a little floral and herbal. After adding water I was finally able to pick up the weakest hint of smoke one might associate with the Scottish whisky it likes to compare itself to.


There is just no way this is natural. No possible way. The first impression I got was that this was stored in barrels held together by bubblegum and previously used to store orange flavored cough medicine. It has a very sugary Triple Sec flavor profile and is absolutely the sweetest “unsweeted” whisky I have ever had. Once the medicinal bitter orange fades there are some cinnamon notes that come through and if you get a little liberal with the ice something that could almost pass as scotch flavoring begins to surface, but it’s not overly assertive which is a shame because it sure could use a smokey kick to cut through this sweetness.


Once the artificial and medicinal orange and cinnamon notes fade off all that’s left is the after taste of pure grain alcohol. Imagine chasing a swig of warm orange Gatorade with a shot of Everclear and you get the picture.

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