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.