The new and luxurious 'Harmonie' by Alfred Giraud blends together three French malt whiskies from different distilleries. This expression is initially matured in both new French Limousin oak and American white oak casks which previously held XO Cognac, and is then blended with a fourth French malt which is lightly peated. The resulting liquid goes back into the Cognac casks for further maturation before being bottled 46.1% abv.
Bold and inviting on the nose, aromas of warm raisin bread and baking spices surround notes of smoky barley. On the palate, this whisky strikes a harmonious balance between being powerful and delicate at the same time; its silky mouthfeel gives way to more baking spices and ripe, juicy grapes, with a wisp of peat smoke. The finish is endlessly long, with the gentle peat amplifying the soft tannins of the old cognac casks.