Bart Joosten of the Dutch Eaglesburn distillery has just released his new single malt, again in bottles of 20cl. This time the whisky was distilled on 13th January 2016 and bottled on 22nd January 2019, but – contrary to the previous release – unpeated. This is a single barrel. Bart is doing very well. He just won ‘Best Vodka in the World’ with his JAV (Just Another Vodka) according to the Spirits Business London. Go figure! Anyway, I prefer whisky, so let’s give this one a go.
Yes, lovely fruity nose with notes of brown bread, a truckload of nuts and chocolate, dark spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, candied orange peel, plums and pastry. Some wood and sniffing tobacco. And – please don’t laugh – a touch of dried cola! Amusing.
Good body! Lovely spiciness from the first sip with a wonderful sweetness as presented on the nose, balanced with touches of wood. Mandarin, pineapple, plums… all of that in a spicy fruit salad. The virgin oak did its job, without dominating the spirit. Nice. A trace of woodsmoke gives it some depth. I am a fan!
The finish is dark and sweet, warm and long.
Bart, what is your secret? This is classy!