Belgian Owl, 36 months
Region: Single Malt from Belgium
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Cask type: First Fill Bourbon Cask
Colour: Pale gold.
Nose: Very fruity start on the nose with green apples, pears, banana, passion fruit and subtle coconut. Ester-like and fresh with a soft touch of floral notes and a hint of malted barley in the back. It's young, but already very pleasant.
Palate: Similar flavours as on the nose. Fruity at first with green apples, almost cider, mixed with pears and passion fruit. This is followed by a surprisingly pleasant spiciness of oak, white pepper and nutmeg. Nicely warming towards the finish.
Finish: The finish shows good length with a warming peppery note, mixed with creamy toffee, vanilla and a fruity touch of pears on the tail. Very nice.
With water: Very fresh and fruity on the nose when a few drops of water are added: pears, banana and some more floral notes in the back. Fresh and vibrant. On the palate, the fruitiness is a bit tamed with pears and passion fruit. Creamy vanilla's shining through with toffee and a warming spicy edge of pepper towards the finish. The finish is a bit shorter, creamy sweet with vanilla and a nice touch of pears on the tail. The peppery note is almost gone.
Comments: A nice surprise! This is a pleasantly fruity and creamy sweet Belgian single malt with lots of yellow fruits and a delicate spiciness coming from the wood. No doubt, it is a young whisky, where richness, depth and complexity are rudimentarily present. But the spirit is very good, and I am quite curious how this malt will taste with a few more years of maturation.
I thank Kirsch Whisky Import for the sample and the photograph!