036 / 200, bottle #220. First Belgian Owl distilled with the legendary Caperdonich stills straight from Scotland. The 200 Private Angels - Exclusive Series of 200 Barrels. Etienne Bouillon, passionate distiller, initiator of the project, filled the first barrel of the future Belgian Single Malt Whiskey, the 29 October 2004. The first sales took place in December 2004 through an online sale supported by the Belgian daily newspaper via a full advertising page.
With a monotonous and ennyeux climate, wet at wish and could bring Miss Méteo to the nervous breakdown, how could one think that a whiskey would gain about 8% of alcoholic degree in 36 months ??? Singular climate of the region or dry relative warehouses, but more than 70% alcohol for a whiskey, say that this is definitely out of the ordinary. Gift of the owner and distiller Étienne Bouillon, this whiskey has as much generosity as its owner. Micro-distillery approach and very "grain to bottle", the nose is muscular and alcoholic steroids. It is definitely necessary to ignore the high alcohol level that grips your nose ferociously. Initially, cereals and agricultural twist and small batch, pears, caramel, meringue and lemon pie, hot honey. Without dilution, I admit that it moves a lot, so I add some tears of water. Pears, almonds, crème brûlée, churned butter (no salt), green apple, cereals. The contribution of the oak barrel is important but the spirit still managed to keep its unique backbone. The whiskey develops luscious notes of spice on the palate while the alcohol keeps the note with the same conviction as the singer Bianca Castafiore draped in her cloth of cinnamon and ginger. The quality of the distillate and the choice of barrels is obviously (and gustantly) fair, the result is an experience in itself. Fasten your belts because when the foot will press on the accelerator, you will be entitled to a whole trip ...
With such a high alcohol level, one can not be surprised at such an intensity. Definitely not a whiskey everyday but really triumphant to taste! Nose: Delicious scent of sweet and slightly fruity cereals, all with a touch of meringue. Palate: Of a rare intensity, with citrus fruits, nuts, some wood, green apples, oak and a lot of spices. Final: A little dry, spicy, woody and marked by cereals.