Belgian Owl Single Malt
The Owl Distillery // Belgium
This young distillery filled their first cask back in the fall of 2004. Their distiller, Etienne Bouillon, has been very clear in his vision of producing a whisky using Belgian two-row spring barley; it is floor-malted and no peat is used. This whisky is aged for 36 months in 1st fill ex-Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. It is un-chillfiltered and is bottled at 92 proof.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
"The very pale straw-like color to the whisky is noteworthy. The aromatics are reminiscent of a genever gin with floral notes and dried herbs. The body is light and lively, with more genever notes found on the palate. Aside from trace notes of vanilla there isn't much spice or barrel influence to this whisky, and while the cereal profile is present, I'm not sure if this would actually please a single malt drinker. Perhaps this would be best appreciated by someone making a transition from clear spirits to aged."