Vulson-SquareBack in April, a brand named Vulson came out to the UK from the French Alps and showed off their first aged rye whisky, Vulson Old Rhino Rye. Ever the one to be intrigued, I thought I’d take a peek into the expression and see what’s going on in the world of French whisky.

Vulson is a working partnership between agronomist Frédéric Revol, owner and master distiller at Domaine des Hautes Glaces (located in the western Alps – 30 miles south of Grenoble in the south-eastern French department of Isère), and Xavier Padovani – director of Experimental Cocktail Club and former brand ambassador for Hendrick’s Gin and Monkey Shoulder.

Named in honour of Marcus Vulson de la Colombière, a famous heraldist and poet who constructed the domaine’s chateau in 1616, Vulson Old Rhino Rye is the second expression to be released (after the un-aged Vulson White Rhino), and see’s 100% organic malted rye, grown on the estate itself, used. After a triple-distillation, the spirit is left to aged for 4 years in the French Alps (one year in French oak followed by three more in Cognac casks), before being bottled using a gravity system (similar to Sweden’s Mackmyra whiskey).

So how does it fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Vulson Old Rhino Rye – 45%

Bright notes of toffee and fudge, with stoned cherry and soft pear upon the nose. Clean flavours of fresh spice, followed by candied orange, freshly cut wood and small burst of citrus juice. Ginger presents itself for the long, intense finish.

An interesting tipple from the French, but one that is enjoyable I’m sure for all. It lacks the dryness you can get from American rye whiskey, so this could favour the sweeter palates. One for the drinks cabinet for sure, and from what I can gather, you may need to make room on your shelf for future releases!

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Vulson Launches Vulson Old Rhino Rye, A French Organic Rye Whisky

Vulson-SquareThis month, Vulson launches its first aged rye whisky in the UK, Vulson Old Rhino Rye, a 100% organic rye whisky aged for four years. The new whisky, from Domaine des Hautes Glaces, is issued from malted rye grown on site. It is distilled in small live flame onion-shape copper stills & aged in the French Alps.

After being distilled once in the Domaine’s wash still and once in its spirit still, Vulson Old Rhino Rye is aged for one year in French new oak casks and three years in Cognac casks. The Old Rhino is bottled at 45%abv without additives nor chill filtration.

The nose is fresh with a hint of mint, pear and stone fruits. It delivers a clean, very mineral taste and is a little spicy with gingerbread at the forefront. The after taste is well balanced with spices and a touch of lemon on the finish.

“It is an exciting new step for our young brand – since we launched Vulson White Rhino Rye, our supporters have been asking when would the aged one be released. The Old Rhino is now out, and we look forward to the industry’s feedback,” says Xavier Padovani. “Vulson Old Rhino Rye is the long awaited aged version of its younger brother, Vulson White Rhino Rye – a spirit that is created at a small sustainable farm distillery located 1000m in the French Alps.”

The Domaine des Hautes Glaces brings its unique skills in distilling & ageing a liquid in its purest form while simultaneously respecting the terroir. Xavier adds his knowledge of the spirits market and his international network to introduce Vulson Old Rhino Rye to the global market.

Vulson Old Rhino Rye is available for sale at The Whisky Exchange for £57.95.