Why not pick up a good bottle of cognac in the ongoing faaab food fair "Papilles en Fête" at the Grande Halle de la Villette, in the old slaughterhouse.
We got a ton of goodies there today. Just sautéed on goose aiguiette, - which one can never find in Paris, - with my fave mushrooms, les trompettes de la mort. I must have been an abject martyr in my forelife, gloat gloat gloat.
http://www.whisky.fr & check out France on the menu to find the local product .
I also suggest Maison du Whiskey: 20 rue d'Anjou: One block west of the Madeleine. approx. 48°52'14.89"N: 2°19'17.25"E. Website: http://www.whisky.fr
: metro madeleine
Worth a visit to check out the huge range of product .. other spirits as well.
If you're thinking of a distilled spirit as a whiskey than the most common one is Cognac but personally I would give a nice bottle of Calvados from the Pays D'Auge (hands down any Camut if you can find it) or an Armagnac from the Bas Armagnac region.
Anyone who appreciates fine spirits would be thrilled to have either one.
Can't say France is known for its whiskies. Most of the "French" ones you'll find are distilled in Scotland and matured in France.
As far as I know, only P&M (Pietra&Mavela) distill their own. It's a Corsican brand.
If you're in Paris, go to La Maison du Whisky, they should find something for you.