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Zuidam Distillers Millstone Peated 5 Year Old Single Malt Whisky (700ml)
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- ABV 40%
The Zuidam Distillery was started back in 1975 by Fred van Zuidam as a deliberately contained operation with one small copper still. It took more than a decade to forge their present reputation as the finest distillery in the Netherlands. In 1989 Zuidam expanded their warehouse to 600 square meters and one production line. Presently, both sons, Patrick and Gilbert, run the distillery under the watchful eyes of their parents. With four brand new copper stills, over 1000 oak barrels, four production lines and modern tank storage, Zuidam is now a state of the art operation, however, they have held on to one throwback from the past - Windmills. These are used to mill the malted barley destined for their Malt Whisky. It not only preserves this iconic piece of Dutch heritage, but more importantly, the producers believe that the traditional slow grind causes almost no increase in the temperature of the barley and thus helps preserve the grain's wonderful aromas.
As with many Australian distilleries, the whisky at Zuidam is aged in small barrels - typically American white oak as well as barrels that have previously held Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry. Because they use only new and/or once used barrels, and they store the barrels in a warm warehouse, the whisky ages rather quickly.
Zuidam also uses rye to make a genever (gin). More recently, a local farmer offered them a surplus of the grain and they figured they might as well try a 100% rye whisky (we look forward to seeing this!) In the meantime, this 5 year old Peated Single Malt is on offer for the first time in Australia. It was distilled in 2005 and matured in Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry casks. Be the first on the block to try it and let us know!
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