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The Belgian Owl Single Malt Whiskey
The Owl Distillery SA
Type: Distillery

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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 Whisky Academy at the Bruichladdich distillery on Islay to learn all aspects of the whisky-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!

Picture: The Owl Distillery entrance
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