Millstone 2016

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Special #19 - Peated Amarone
Calculated age
03 years old
Amarone Cask
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
06 Jun 2020 6:09 pm by Dimitri72

Average value

€ 38.22

3 × in wishlist

22 × member ratings

43 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Millstone 2016

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.30 points

  1. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    @Rellens. Everyone may have an opinion but at least make your point in a constructive (short) note, saying a little more about the how and the why... With a comment like yours saying only ‘disgusting’ and nothing more then that, you are not particularly making yourself a respectable additive to the Whiskybase Community. Your current comment is really a complete useless one and a waste of space on this bottle page.

  2. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Hereby my extended tasting note. I realize that this is not an everyone’s friend at all. It is a ‘different’ and distinctive dram. Anyway, I love this. Difference in taste left aside, technically this is very well made. If you like wine finishes/maturations and if you like Amarone cask influences I highly recommend this bottle
    • Nose
      Initially it is young and grainy, as one could expect. I did have a short moment of ‘uh oh’ at that point. But after giving it a few more minutes to breath, this young and grainy profile has moved to the background and a very pleasant mild spiciness came in place. The influence of the Amarone cask combined with the peated malt brings a rather impressive balance an maturity to the table. After just 3,5 years of aging in a cask this is way beyond it’s age in terms of complexity, depth and layers. There is a great play between mediterranean spices, fruitiness (like in red grapes and citrusfruits) and grain in the background. The peat smell could be described as iodine or Hansaplast band aid.
    • Taste
      Incredibly delicate, gentle and creamy on arrival. After that white grapes, nectarine and pear fill the mouth together with oaky spices, mild peatsmoke and a pleasant subtle whiff of grain. It is very well balanced, no sharp edges whatsoever. I find that quite impressive after such a short maturation.
    • Finish
      The finish is going on and on. Incredibly smooth. I get red wine, honey cream, fudge and again Mediterranean spice mix. The finish pleases me for a long time. The fun thing about this finish is that it never gets boring, it keeps developing.

      I am really impressed. Well done Zuidam!

  3. St. Pauli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Zuidam Distillers is an underrated distillery that makes a lot of high end distillates. Yet the fact that they aren't Scottish might make them less attractive for the masses, which is a shame.

    This is a young but great whisky. Don't forget that maturation might go quicker than in Scotland (with its lower temperatures). Just don't judge the whisky after initial pouring as it needs time to breath. What you get then is a perfect harmony between peat smoke, red fruit, meditiranean herbs. The whisky is very thick and creamy, and incredibly soft (not harsh at all).
    • Nose
      88 88
      The first impression after pouring is rather robust, with bicycle tube, eraser, clay, moss and fusel-driven grain. It fits well with dark fruit from the wine cask, but it's still a bit rough. Give it time though and you will be rewarded.

      After some time in the glass, the influence of the peat and fusels has diminished and there is more balance. The damp peat smoke (earth, moss, a bit of brine) mingles very well with red fruits, such as grape, strawberry and blackcurrant. There is some orange from the distillate, some cereal and rosemary.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very dense and oily, thick and creamy (despite the 46% ABV), with a saline edge and enough fruit. There is no harshness whatsoever. The influence of the peat is larger than in the nose, with seaweed, moss and bicycle tube. It mingles with the red grapes and blackcurrant, and peach. It has a very gentle spiciness and meditiranean herbs.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium, and rather complex. The herbal side is more prominent, but it fits well with the saline and damp peat smoke. A bit of yogurt and red fruit relish (rote Grütze) complement this finish.

  4. Koning scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    I'm quite impressed, it's my first Millstone and it's feels definitely more matured than 3,5y. The Amarone cask works well, it hardly has the sour,tannic or sulphery off-notes that I often encounter in red wine finishes. It has, however, an unique diaper-like note, which drags it down for me. I only enjoyed a sample of this generously provided to me by a whisky friend. It's a whisky I imagine that could either grow on you, or one that you only drink on moments you're in for something different.
    • Nose
      79 79
      Medium medicinal peat smoke accompanied by a slightly odd smell that I relate to unused diapers (no poop diapers luckily!). Furthermore forest fruits, mandarins and even fresh celery. Odd but interesting!
    • Taste
      83 83
      Medium peat, juicy red fruits, citrus, vanilla, garden herbs, a hint of espresso, a whiff salt. Very soft and well mannerred for a 3,5 year old, although it also has a plastic-like off-note.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Peppery, with red fruits again and a nice feeling of apple treacle. A bit tannic too, as you often get with wine casks. The plastic/diaper-like off-note returns, while the peat is now very much on the background.

  5. VWWW scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I'm not the biggest Millstone fan i guess, so i was pretty surprised by this one. More mature than some older releases from Zuidam, a nice peaty touch.
    Better in the taste than on the nose, but bang for your buck in this case!

  6. Erik1908 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Took a 10cl bottleshare with my friends on Whiskybase. Millstone is probably the best you can get in The Netherlands. But it is logic that they still stand in the shadow of Scottish whisky.
    • Nose
      87 87
      This one has an odd nose, when poured in the glass. It definitely needs time and air before things get stable. After half an hour the odd nose turns into a very acceptable aroma of Amarone and mild peat.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Quite a strong body for a 3y old whisky. Bit creamy. Peat is much stronger in the taste than the nose and dominant over fruity flavors which stay more in the background.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Not very long; I would say medium. Bit watery, peaty and dry in the end.

      Conclusion: pretty well done by the guys of Millstone. Nice dram but I guess 10cl is enough for me.

  7. stefsel111 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    In the nose immediately some smooth notes of peat and smoke, more rubber-like. After some while, more fruitiness comes in as well.
    The body is pretty full and strong, with again some smooth peaty and smoky notes, organic, autumn forest, some red fruits.
    In the finish the same notes, finish is not too long.
    Overall a very decent and pleasant whisky for sure.

  9. Florius scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    great peated whisky from the Netherlands.

  10. Rellens did not rate this whisky Member Senior



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