I first came across this while briefly exploring what the world of Rye whisky had to offer. I’d never heard of Millstone or Zuidam distillery, and I was very skeptical. What could a bunch of guys from Holland possibly know about making rye whisky? This made me quite nervous because rye tends to be either great or absolutely horrible.
The name comes from the fact that it’s made using 100% Rye (potstill to boot) and bottled at 100 proof.
Aged 10 years. 50%ABV.
Nose: Coconut. Vanilla. Caocao. Nutmeg. Bit of pepper. With some time in the glass some fruity notes show up. Peach Iced Tea. Mango-pineapple Iced Tea (my favourite). Turkish delight.
Palate: Really delivers here. The typical rye spicy notes that were subdued in the nose hit full force. Cinnamon. Pepper. Allspice. A fairly dominant wood note with some subtle fruit iced tea and maple syrup notes hiding underneath it. After even longer a bit of an unsmoked cigar note pops up.
Finish: Long. Woodspice. Mango. Mild pepper. A really dry wood note comes in at the end and sort of cleans out the mouth.
Would I buy this: Yes.
Would I order this in a bar: Yes.
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes.
I was so very very wrong to worry. These guys have done a fantastic job. This rye is well made and astoundingly complex. I’m really thinking about getting a bottle for my cabinet if I can get my grubby paws on one.