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Turv Exloo Prime

Overall rating 16 votes 63.36
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask 2016
Virgin Oak Cask
43.0 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
20 Jul 2016 8:53 am by recursiewhisky
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 23,84

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My 4 x 25 ratings


Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 17
Taste 17
Finish 18
Balance 18


7 Notes

Connoisseur markjedi1 Note
13 May 2017 7:45 pm
markjedi1 gave this whisky 35 points
The Turv Distillery was founded in Exloo, Holland, in 2015. Matthieu Smakman invested 1.8 million euro and makes, according to him, different distillates through a very innovative and unique process. He created gin, Geneva, rum, vodka and whisky. Well, not exactly whisky, for the Turv Exloo Prime Whisky Single Cask 2016 is actually a spirit that matured for only 3 months. That is why he had to remove the word whisky from his label from the authorities. Smakman went on national television to comment on what he felt was a deplorable demand. He furthermore stated that the industry clearly sees him as a threat because he succeeded in making whisky in three months’ time that is equally good or even better (again his words, not mine!) than his Scotch counterparts that do mature for the required 3 years. What a bold statement. I had no other choice that to try it.
The nose is very rough on grain, spirit, glue and resin. It even reminds me a bit of unwashed sports socks and… cooked ham gone sour. Immature and without any depth whatsoever. This is very unpleasant, in fact.
But it becomes even worse on the palate! In comparison, the nose was okay-ish, so to speak. Again resin and some grain, a hint of lime, but apart from that all rough and spirit. You would be forgiven for calling this undrinkable. In all honesty, this is simply disgusting.
The finish is mercifully short on glue and sugar.
Yikes! Smakman suffers from delusions of grandeur if he thinks this is any good. It is not. Nor is it whisky. It is without exaggeration one of the worst spirits I have ever tried. Hence I was not surprised when I learned on the 6th of March that the distillery was put on the market, albeit for 3 million euro.
UPDATE 02/04/2017
I have long debated whether or not to publish this, for in the night of 30 March, the Turv Exloo Distillery was hit by disaster. The distillery burnt to the ground and the fire brigade found that it was in fact arson. The body of the 53 year old owner was found in the rubble the day after. A desperate act? This is not something you wish upon anyone. I wish the family a lot of strength in these trying times.
Mark Dermul - Toshan Man
St. Pauli
Expert Senior St. Pauli Note
08 Oct 2016 10:21 am
St. Pauli gave this whisky 54 points

Please note that if you see a photo on which the word "whisky" is mentioned, this is an old picture. TURV has been commanded by the Dutch competent authorities to remove the word whisky from its label. 

Cheers! Paul
Expert Senior Oogadal Review note
08 Oct 2016 9:07 am
Oogadal gave this whisky 37 points

This pretty undrinkable spirit shouldn't be on Whiskybase. The nose is the less worst part, I would go one step further than Thijs100 and would advise any whisky enthusiasts to skip this one. So no first dram at all. Some people say you have try everything in life. They are wrong.

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Initial taste
Expert Senior thijs100 Tasting note
30 Sep 2016 11:39 am
thijs100 gave this whisky 56 points
Old gold

A tad sour-ish (pickled lemon peel). Not unpleasant, but different. Grainy and flowery. No depth or layers.


Glue, which is a common aroma (in whisky), but not necessarily a common flavour. Some strange off-notes. It is off-putting. Slightly phenolic. Grassy. White pepper.


Really short. A hint of oak, spices. But the off-notes also make an encore. Luckily not for too long.


I know it's a spirit, but the producer clearly wants it to be judged as a whisky. Whichever way you judge this, I have a hard time believing any whisky enthusiast will pour himself a second dram.

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St. Pauli
Expert Senior St. Pauli Tasting note
02 Sep 2016 10:11 pm
St. Pauli gave this whisky 54 points
Old gold

Old gold for a 3 month old spirit? That's remarkable. The nose is rather on grain spirit: glue, sweat socks. It's raw and unpolished. This changes quickly, but to a very neutral and characterless spirit. There may actually be peat in there, yet it's masked by a dominant smell of alcohol (this baby was distilled to almost 95%  ABV...). This alcoholic smell lingers, along with some grainy notes and vanilla essence. It smells rather spirity and artificial. 


Glue, maize, pine sap, sugar, vanilla, but still this alcoholic feel. Comes across as a grain whisky. This can be due to the distillation method to ca. 94% ABV.


Glue and sugar continue in the finish, with some pepper. 


It's not a whisky to start with, despite the fact that it was marketed in this way. It comes closer to a grain than to a single malt. The exact ingredients are kept secret by the staff, even during tours.
Anyhow, this is a rather characterless spirit, without a signature feature. Of course we can wait until it can be officially called "whisky", but I suspect it needs much longer time to make this spirit enjoyable.

Cheers! Paul
Member Senior iromby Note
26 Jul 2016 8:08 pm
iromby gave this whisky 82 points

Tasting notes after I first opened the bottle.


The nose is familiar. It reminds me of the artisan distillers of the USA. Pungent, drying. "Bourbon like" in the sense that single malt drams from the USA matured in American White Oak smell simular, but not equal. Some oak, Some vanilla, The main nose is obvious spices, mainly clove, Light banana, Slight melon, Orange, Slight leather, Oddly enough a hint of young cheese, After a while some mint, The nose of something Solventy is gone after you let it breath for a while before nosing it.

Palette: Soft, Creamy, Nice clear alcohol, warming, I feel it going down in my body, which I like.

I'm having some trouble spotting the main taste. That is mainly because I think the main tastes will be strait from the malt. But since I have not tasted mash, I would not really know. I am pleasantly surprised by the total effect of this young spirit. My advice would be is to let it breath for a bit to get rid of the "spiritus" nose, which quickly goes away. The wood influence is clearly mainly spice. The vanilla sweetness is there, but only more maturation time will give it more of the vanillin. There is lightly fruitiness, mainly banana and slight orange.

What I learn from this is that active wood is a main driver is adding flavour to a dram. This was not unknown to me, but this is the first three months maturated dram I tasted. I plan to go to the distillery and hopefully I can take some new make with me. Just to compare flavour notes.

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Connoisseur Amsterdam Note
20 Jul 2016 9:55 am
Amsterdam gave this whisky 40 points

De Turv Exloo Prime Whisky Single Cask 2016 is een 3 maanden oud distillaat van de Turv distilleerderij in Exloo.


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