The Bruges Whiskey Company is a young distillery, active since 2019, in Bruges (doh!). Thibaut de Meyer is the young master distiller who had lost his heart to Springbank, but also noticed that good whiskey was gradually becoming unaffordable. He then decided to make his own whiskey. It will take a while before real Bruges single malt whiskey is on the market, but in the meantime you can already taste a few things that have dripped from the stills. Today I taste a 1 year and 7 month old spirit that matured in an ice wine barrel and was available in a very limited edition. Rogia is by the way 'holy water' and it is Old Celtic and the word reien would be derived from it. That's a big nod to Bruges, of course.
Sweet, slightly sickly nose on butter babblers, marzipan, cherries, blood oranges and pancake dough. Finally, some blue grapes and a very soft, pleasant spiciness.
He is quite sharp on the tongue. The GBC is very much asserted. And also the herbs from the barrel kick your teeth. But once the spirit has settled on your tongue and your salivary glands have quenched things, you will be pleasantly surprised by a beautiful fruitiness of yellow fruit, stone fruit and cherries. It's a tad sweet on apricots (remember those Superman logos?). It makes the mouth nice and warm.
But what a beautiful, long, warm and very pleasant finish is that? Looks like a dessert wine of the highest level on steroids. That is just reminiscing.
So you see that it is wrong to approach homegrown stuff with low expectations. I am quite impressed with this spirit. I already tick 2022 in my calendar to discover this Bruges single malt once it can bear the name whiskey. Kudos!