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From the beginning,

La Maison du Whisky has been promoting French spirits, from cognac to Calvados, Armagnac and brandy. It was therefore only natural for us to promote these categories in our catalogue dedicated to origins. A symbol of sophistication and French art-de-vivre, Martell is Cognac’s oldest producer. Founded in 1715, it is located in the Borderies terroir, the smallest appellation in Cognac. Produced from the Ugni Blanc grape variety, Martell cognac stands out for its characteristic notes of candied fruit and spices.

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MARTELL 1956
Grande Champagne

Cognac Grande Champagne – 43%, 70cl
Limited edition of 6 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

COGNAC FERRAND
32 YO 1989
Grande Champagne

Cognac Grande Champagne – 61. 5%, 70cl
Limited edition of 235 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

Maison Ferrand

was born in 1989 from an encounter between Alexandre Gabriel and the Ferrand family, one of the oldest wine-growing families in Cognac. Alexandre Gabriel set himself the task of developing an expression of the Grande Champagne terroir using artisanal production methods. The group later expanded its goal, becoming a leading rum bottler in France and abroad with Plantation and a gin producer with Citadelle.

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Located in Chermignac,

in the heart of Saintonge, Domaine des Forges has been owned by the Tercinier family since 1791. More than five generations have taken over at the helm of the family business. After WWII, the cognac market was booming. The distillery’s eight pots were working full-time to supply both its own bottlings and those of independent bottlers in the region.

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VALLEIN TERCINIER
1996 Fins Bois

Cognac, Fins Bois – 48.7%, 70cl
Cask #138 – Fût roux
Limited edition of 180 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

The calvados,

category was largely shunned by French consumers, with spirits enthusiasts instead migrating in droves to the world of rum and whisky. Far from being discouraged, a number of producers decided to do everything in their power to win back their local market.

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CHRISTIAN DROUIN
65 YO Pays d’Auge

France, Calvados Pays d’Auge – 40%, 70cl
Limited edition of 36 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

CHRISTIAN DROUIN
VSOP Sherry

Calvados Pays d’Auge – 46%, 70cl
Cask #F104 BT4 – Sherry Cask
Limited edition of 360 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

Fruit brandies,

are ambassadors of French expertise, like cognac, Armagnac, and Calvados. Despite becoming more niche over time, for La Maison du Whisky they remaining outstanding fi ne spirits. Alsace is one of the leading regions for the category.

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NUSBAUMER Vieux Kirsch
Eau-de-vie d’Exception

Alsace, Fruit Eau-de-vie – 45%, 70cl
Limited edition of 180 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

NUSBAUMER Poire Williams
Eau-de-Vie d’Exception

Alsace, Fruit Eau-de-vie- 43%, 70cl
Limited edition of 300 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

Armagnac

is the oldest brandy, but also the most niche. Its wine-growing area spans just 12,000 hectares, versus more than 80,000 for cognac. For this reason, it attracts less interest from major spirits groups, for whom a key criteria is the ability to produce large volumes. This unique characteristic means Armagnac producers have always had a certain level of independence. And, not restricted by the need to produce the same organoleptic profiles year after year, they are instead able to focus on the expression of different terroirs and vintages. Armagnac also has a number of things in common with whisky, being generally drier than cognac and frequently bottled at high strengths.

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Shochu, sake, beer, wine

The shochu,

a traditional Japanese spirit originally from the Island of Kyushu, is imported by La Maison du Whisky since the early 2000s. Initially, we turned to the Nikka Whisky group, who offered us a few products, classic versions with more reserved aromas that were not necessarily designed for tasting.

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OHISHI 3S Mizunara 2009

Japan, Shochu – 41%, 70cl
Cask #1569 – Mizunara Cask
Limited edition of 680 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

YANAGITA 3S Aokage 2019

Japan, Shochu – 41%, 70cl
Limited edition of 780 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

In 1995,

La Maison du Whisky was introduced to sake through Blanton’s, as the Kentucky single barrel bourbon is owned by Takara Shuzo, a Japanese group that specializes in sake, more commonly known as nihonshu in Japan. As their guests, Jean-Marc Bellier, the manager of our 20 Rue d’Anjou store and a great wine and spirits expert, and Thierry Bénitah, La Maison du Whisky’s director, were invited to a sake tasting at the Nikko hotel. Every prefecture was represented and almost all the visitors Japanese.

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TAKENO Nishiki
Magnum

Japan, Junmai Daiginjo – 16%, 180cl
Limited edition of 180 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

TAKENO in/ei

Japan, Yamahai Junmai Daiginjo – 13.72%, 72cl
Limited edition of 204 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

TAKENO Niki

Japan, Yamahai Junmai Daiginjo – 11.99%, 72cl
Limited edition of 96 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

La Maison du Whisky

began distributing beer in the late 1990s. In the beginning, we focused on Gaelic beers produced from malted barley as well as a handful of Belgium beers, such as those produced at the Cantillon brewery in Brussels. Over the years, surfing on the craft trend, the range of beers offered by specialist bars and an increasing number of retailers has grown considerably.

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PEAT STOP
Piggy Brewing Company X Kilchoman

France, Imperial Stout – 13%, Set of 12 x 33cl
Kilchoman whisky cask
Limited edition of 2400 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

Ninkasi,

who we have already mentioned in relation to its whisky activities on page 84 is something of an institution in Lyon. Created in 1997, it was initially a brand of bars, restaurants and concert halls. In each of its trades, Ninkasi sets the bar very high. When it comes to food, almost their entire menu is created with products from local suppliers.

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LAGER IN THE DARK
Ninkasi x LMDW

France, Dark Lager – 5.2%, Set of 24 x 33cl
Limited edition of 6000 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

Luca Gargano,

Velier’s owner, is a great expert in wine, which he has distributed in Italy for four decades. In the early 2000s, he began looking into the production methods used by many winegrowers. The lack of transparency regarding the use of chemicals and the growing standardization of wines led him to create the Triple A wine manifesto in 2001, named in reference to the three professions he felt every winegrower committed to producing authentic terroir wines should master: Agriculteur (Farmer), Artisan and Artiste.

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NUOVO PARADISETTO 2020
Vino Rosso

Italy, Red Wine – 12.5%, 75cl
Limited edition of 10 000 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

NUOVO PARADISETTO 2020
Vino Bianco

Italy, White Wine – 13%, 75cl
Limited edition of 10 000 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

In the 1950-60s,

only the bars of luxury hotels and small Parisian cabarets offered proper cocktails on their menus. For awhile, these bars fell out of fashion, leaving room for less specialist bars and pubs to develop. In the late 1990s, the first real cocktail bars were launched in the United States, followed a few years later by the United Kingdom. In France, the revolution arrived in 2007 with the opening of the Experimental Cocktail Club.

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