Arlett is the fruit of the Tessendier brothers’ constant quest to create new spirits that make sense.

Arlett is a range of whiskies developed by Distillerie Tessendier , experts in the art of distillation. These French whiskies offer you uncompromising quality and delicacy – all at the same time – because excellence should be open to all. Because pleasure is meant to be shared, because generosity is part of our DNA.


In cocktails, with or without ice cubes, as an aperitif or in food pairing, this eau-de-vie will seduce amateurs who like to drink it pure at room temperature but who do not hesitate to use it as a base in the preparation of cocktails.

The Tessendier family has been excelling – with seriousness and passion – in the art of distillation for generations. The latest project brewing in their copper pipes is this vintage-styled whisky brand that pays tribute to the 50s and to the mother of Jérôme and Lilian.

ARLETT, a well-made French whisky is the fruit of a fabulous journey. Grown from the bowels of the Earth. Fiercely heated with a specific, local, double-distillation method. Tirelessly refined by Jérôme and Lilian Tessendier – the two brothers who make sure every drop tastes just great.

ARLETT, is all about flavour exploration and tracing a specific path – from the precise choice of raw materials to flavour selection-.

ARLETT, is born from a solid team effort whose aim is to create a real surprise in your palate and to see this surprizing sensation being shared between people, simply but with conviction.

ARLETT, is synonymous with strength – true to its Germanic linguistic roots: strength in taste as well as in character.

Jérôme Tessendier: « Distillerie Tessendier launched Arlett whisky out of pure passion for spirits, with the desire to pursue new challenges and embark on a new era of work. We wanted to get out of our certainties and habits. While building on our what we know, we continue to innovate. We just didn’t make a whisky, we made OUR whisky. Arlett is the culmination of teamwork, the combination of passions and know-hows that contributed to creating its DNA. Brewer, distiller and cellar master, at each stage of its elaboration, have forged together the identity of this French spirit.”

Distillerie Tessendier is a story that began in 1880 with Gaston Tessendier. Over the centuries, the style and expertise of the family and their teams have asserted themselves and today it is the brothers Jérôme and Lilian who proudly carry the torch of the distillery.
Respectively cellar master and master blender, they bring the mastery of all the stages of the design of a spirit, the taste for a job well done and the creation of good spirits, accessible to all.

The Arlett bottle is ornate with an original padded glass design giving it a unique look. Those padded ornaments are a heartfelt nod to the whole whisky universe. For those who are more interested in the technical side of distillation, they will recognize the vat padding which enables the wash fermentation – and its constant brewing – in the brewery. For the epicureans among us, they will read a direct reference to a leather club armchair, like a good old Chesterfield for instance. The type of armchair that is the perfect setting to relax and enjoy a glass of your favourite beverage.

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The Barley

For its first French whisky, Distillerie Tessendier has chosen to leave nothing to chance. The barley variety chosen, the 2-row spring barley, comes from a selection of plots meeting the strict criteria of traceability of production.



Throughout the fermentation, the brewer carries out regular checks. By mobilizing all his know-how, he is the guardian of the production of a high-quality beer that will influence the aromatic palette of the future single malt.
This distillation beer, called "wash", measures 9% alcohol by volume. By his choices, the brewer works at the service of the distiller who can then take over. It is this wash that will then be distilled to obtain the malt eaux-de-vie.



At Distillerie Tessendier, the single malts are distilled twice in Charentais copper stills, used for their high ability to conduct heat combined with malleability.

Using this material enables it to benefit from an all-copper and very long coil (65.6 yards for a 25 hL boiler, i.e. 660 gallons) which offers a long contact time and progressive condensation resulting in a delicate and elegant distillate.
The first heating is done in the 100 hL - 2,641 gallons - boiler . The second heating, or “Bonne chauffe” is done in 25 hL boilers.

Guillaume, distiller, explains the choices to be made when choosing the "bonne chauffe": "At the end of the heart, sometimes the distillate that flowed was qualitative but lacked linearity. So I made the choice to cut to have a more focused, finer heart, to keep the vivacity. The cellar master's desire to have a product that retains its power has thus led me to produce a very concentrated heart.”



During the mash, the brewer decided to work at two temperature levels to obtain an optimal extraction. Thomas and Romuald, our brewers, have - thanks to their expertise - refined Distillerie Tessendier’s method. Their technical choices; selection of fermentation temperatures and times; and their experiences clearly shape the final product.



Once the eaux-de-vie have reached an optimal level of maturation, the time comes for blending.

The ARLETT range was born from the expert blending of the single malts contained in the various barrels of our cellars. The realisation of the ideal marriage requires all the talent of the assembler and the cellar master. They regularly monitor all the eaux-de-vie matured in the distillery's cellars.

The Cellar Master will thus select different barrels, taste each batch to make the blend that will make up the Arlett whisky , striving to get as close as possible to the original recipe. Once the blend has been made, he proceeds to the reduction, the purpose of which is to gradually reduce the alcoholic degree of the blend until the aromas of each whisky from the Arlett range are fully revealed. Then, finally comes the moment of bottling before consumers discover all its subtlety…



For ageing, at Distillerie Tessendier, the Plane, Tiffon and Moreau cellars located near the Charente river are rather humid and thus give a roundness and softness to the eaux-de-vie. However, the summer temperatures of the region also allow the development of a spicy character. The patient ageing in oak barrels will, in fact, allow the whisky to assert its character and take on colours.

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