The new Blaasveld Broek whisky from Stokerij De Molenberg is a standard expression, which means always available. Blaasveld Broek itself is a 160ha nature reserve that is bursting with marsh and where peat was cut until the 18th Century. That's a bit misleading when you know that the peated malt that was used for this expression actually comes from the St Fergus maltsters in Aberdeen, Scotland. The barrels used are a combination of first fill bourbon barrels and the so-called Anker casks.
On the nose I get young yellow apples, gooseberries, lime and some vanilla. Make that crème brûlée. The peat is very discreet and reminds me more of burning a Christmas tree. Obviously young stuff, but nothing wrong with it.
Nice and oily, but immediately very sweet. Vanilla and apples, as well as a scoop of granulated sugar with a hint of honey. The smoke development is considerable. Light maritime notes, even. But in all honesty fairly one-dimensional.
As far as I'm concerned, the finish could have been a bit longer. He reminds me more of grappa now.
About 50 EUR. Not bad, don't get me wrong. But for that money I’ll just buy myself a 70cl bottle of Caol Ila 12. Thank you for the sample, Dieter!