Review: Bastille 1789 Blended French Whisky

Review: Bastille 1789 Blended French Whisky

This isn’t our first encounter with French whisky (see also Armorik, here), although it claims to be the “first hand-crafted whisky from France.”

Compared to the Armorik, Bastille 1789 (the year of the French Revolution, in case your history is rusty) is a world away. Crafted in the Cognac region on the western border of the country, it is stylistically closer to Irish whiskey than anything else, where it is distilled from barley and wheat, then aged for five to seven years in a combination of French oak, cherry wood, and acacia wood casks.

Lush with cinnamon notes, this fruity, spicy whisky offers a character not dissimilar to a Bit o’ Honey candy, lightly sweet but with a distinctly chewy honey character underneath. Those spices — not just cinnamon but dried ginger and a little sage — are quite strong and lengthy, all leading up to a cherry-inflected finish. Quite a light, lovely, and unexpected whisky, and well worth the price.

Launching this month.

80 proof.


Bastille 1789 Blended French Whisky




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Machiel gabriels on May 15, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Svp ou je peut achater voteren fantastic Bastille Whisky a Pays Bas ??
    Merrie par avance
    Machiel Gabriels

  2. James Simon on July 26, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    I tend to agree with the review. I just found this whiskey and was skeptical. After all, whiskey and France don’t naturally come together. I was very pleasantly surprised. This is a lightly sweet mellow whiskey with lots of vanilla and honey notes with a lovely golden. This is more like a lowland whiskey. There’s very little in the way of smoke and peat, so this is not for Islay lovers but makes it a very good introduction for newbies to whisky or for anyone looking for a very easy to drink whisky especially at 40% ABV. At $30, it’s a good buy too.

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