Meet your new favourite Dutch peated whisky.
The Zuidam Distillery
Zuidam Distillery has been releasing exciting Dutch malts since 1975, when it was set up by Fred van Zuidam and his wife. Since then, they’ve grown in size massively, now covering ten times the area they used to. A lot of that is down to the fantastic malt that they’re making there.
Initially, they were only making gin and its Dutch cousin jenever, but since 1998 they have been making whisky. If you’ve ever tried a Zuidam malt, you’ll know that this was a great move for the distillery.
Up until recently, when demand increased, they had been using traditional Dutch methods of producing malt. This included using windmills to create grist and only using the best raw ingredients.
Today they are pioneering Dutch whisky and creating a malt that is a suitable rival for other malts.
MillStone Peated Pedro Ximenez Cask Finished Dutch Single Malt Whisky
One such malt is their MillStone Peated Pedro Ximenez Cask Single Malt. It is full of flavour and combines the sweetness of Dutch style whisky, with the spicy, heated notes of the Pedro Ximenez sherry and the earthy smoke of peat.
All in all, this is a really exciting malt. The combination described above is rare find and MillStone do it exceptionally well.
Tasting notes for MillStone Peated Pedro Ximenez Cask Finished Dutch Single Malt Whisky
Bottle cost: £44.13
The nose begins with slightly bitter notes of dark chocolate and mahogany wood. Peat wafts through and brings out notes of dried fruits and sherry spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of smoked paprika make for a well rounded nose.
The palate is concentrated on citrus fruits, vanilla and oak wood. The spice is still there and goes really well with the vanilla. The peat is earthy, with dashes of sea salt. Again, this goes excellently well with the sherry notes.
The finish is bold and smoky, with a lasting note of peat and spice.
MillStone have impressed us before, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that they’ve done it again. Definitely a brand to get to know better, if you don’t already.
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