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The Belgian Owl Single Malt Whiskey
Style: Belgian Single Malt Whiskey
Collections: Spirits,

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The Belgian Owl Single Malt Whiskey is the first Belgian whiskey ever made with barley grown in Belgium. It is the outcome of the determined efforts of Etienne Bouillon, a master distiller from Liege:

"The distillation I practice gives a very flexible, smooth product. To obtain a top quality taste, I keep only the heart of the distillate obtained after a second distillation."

The barley malt is distilled in century-old stills, then aged in oak casks for three years. During the maturation process, it gradually takes on its lovely amber color and develops magnificent aromas of pear, cherry, and lily. The finish hints at apples.

"European Single Cask Whisky of the Year" - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2011, on the 44-month edition of the Belgian Owl.

For Etienne Bouillon, spirits are a family tradition. He started the only distillery in the Leige area in 1997, in Grâce-Hollogne, after acquiring two handmade stills from the 1880s. Each of these stills has a capacity
of 500 liters. Etienne traveled to Scotland and joined the Whiskey Academy at the Bruichladdich distillery on Islay to learn all aspects of the whiskey-making trade. Studying under master distiller Jim MacEwan there, Etienne later returned home to produce a most unique Belgian whisky using only local ingredients. The barley fields are in Hesbaye; the water from 40 meters below, clear and protected. Malting, mashing, and fermentation processes take place in an old converted farm on the city's outskirts. American Oak (ex-bourbon) barrels are used for maturation.

The symbol of the Owl was chosen to represent the whiskey as it recalls nature, authenticity wisdom, and Wallonia in particular. Of course, the owl as a "night bird" is perfect since whisky is often consumed at night with friends!

Tasting Notes

At the same time both rich and delicate, it opens with a pleasant fruity softness: mirabelle, ripe pear, butterscotch‚ then a floral touch that confers a small touch of Spring. As it opens a bit more, it reveals an almost exotic dimension of coconut cream, vanilla, banana ice cream, and fig.

The mouth is full and fresh at the same time, confirming the promise of the aromas. The flavor is delicate and spreads in an astonishing crescendo of vanilla-cream with lemon, frozen apples, and ginger jam.

The finish is wonderfully long, developing the vanilla of the American Oak while preserving the delicacy of the distillate. Ripe fruit flavors of pear, apple, banana, and plums grow together as in a haunting echo. The whisky presents an astonishing balance of fruity freshness and delicacy.

Alc./Vol.: 46.0 %

Version: Type: Size: UPC/EAN:
Case 1 * 25.4 oz. Bottle(s) 00000000000
Case 6 * 25.4 oz. Bottle(s) 5425025097531
Empty 230l Whiskey Barrel Belgian Owl Barrel 1 * 60.8 gal. Empty Whiskey barrel
Picture: The Belgian Owl 750ml bottle with box
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