The Scottish Highlands are of course known for the delicious Highland whisky. However, you can also look closer to home. Nowadays, very decent whiskeys are also distilled in the Low Countries. We tip you three bottles from both the Netherlands and Belgium.
These countries are making great strides in whiskey and a number of distilleries are already producing great whiskeys. The Low Countries are therefore taking part seriously. Six toppers in a row, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Whiskey from the Low Countries; Netherlands and Belgium
A varied list from the Netherlands and Belgium, which certainly has something for whiskey lovers. Our favorite is the Frisian whiskey in the list, if only because of the cap on the bottle.
1. Belgian Owl Green Identité Single Malt Whiskey – (46%)
We kick off with a strong Walloon Single Malt. This whiskey has a beautiful palate with a fresh nose. Let your olfactory organ be seduced by notes of pear, muscat grape, angelica and apple marmalade. This is followed by a wonderfully soft landing in your mouth and you are rewarded with a warm experience of honey, vanilla and coconut ice cream, followed by a long, delicious aftertaste.
2. Braeckman Single Grain & Barrel 2010 10y Cognac Cask Whiskey (62.9%)
We linger for a while with our friendly southern neighbors and pay a visit to the Breaeckman Distillery in Ostend. Here we are warmly welcomed with a very special whiskey: De Braeckman Single Grain & Barrel 2010 10y Cognac Cask Whiskey. An astonishingly tasty whiskey from the Low Countries that is best drunk with a few drops of water to open up the bouquet of flavors. Your esophagus will thank you.
3. Gouden Carolus Blaasveld Pants Peated Whiskey (46%)
We complete the list of tasty whiskeys from the Low Countries with another strong elixir of life from Belgium. Next to the Molenberg distillery is a centuries-old peat field, which you can taste in this delicious peaty whisky. A real man’s drink that will make you feel hair on your chest. The Gouden Carolus Blaasveld Pants Peated Whiskey is beautiful yellow-gold in color and has a smoked touch in combination with aromas of oak and vanilla.
4. Frysk Hynder Single Malt Wine Cask (40%)
The idiosyncratic Friesland can also be found in the list of whiskeys from the Netherlands and Belgium. A special Dutch whiskey that is distilled in the Scottish way. Double distilled and aged in Bordeaux wine barrels. Enjoy a wonderfully accessible 40% whiskey with a smooth taste, with the fruity notes slowly floating upwards. The Frysk Hynder Single Malt Wine Cask is ideal to keep warm during a bleak boat trip on a skûtsje.
5. Zuidam Millstone 10 Years Single Malt American Oak (43%)
From the far north we move to Baarle-Nassau, the blissful south of our country. We’ve come to the right place for a delicious whiskey matured in American oak barrels. De Zuidam Millstone 10 Years Single Malt American Oak is distilled by hand. The distillery is owned by the Zuidam family. What makes this whiskey so special is the production process: millstones from real mills slowly grind the malted barley into flour. And you can taste that in the form of delicious aromas that are better preserved.
6. Sculte Twentse Whiskey Refill 2nd bottling (50%)
We should certainly not forget the east of our country. A limited men’s whiskey is distilled in the rugged Twente. A maximum of 500 bottles of this powerful Twente whiskey have been bottled. Not a cheap whisky, but a very special one and a nice addition to any serious whiskey collection. Sculte Twentse Whiskey Refill 2nd bottling has a rich authentic taste and is aged in barrels of the Classic Line. The aftertaste is characterized by a long sweet note with influences from Twente oak and a light raisin. Perhaps the best whiskey from the Low Countries.
Are you traveling to Great Britain? Then don’t forget to visit these Scottish whiskey distilleries. And in this article you get three extra Dutch whiskeys on top of that.
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Whiskey from the Low Countries: 6 delicious tips from the Netherlands and Belgium