This was the final whisky that we tried at the last Weber and Trings tasting session. It absolutely blew me away and was the one that I wanted to return to when given the chance to choose. I was amazed at just how much I enjoyed the sherry notes of this whisky and so here we re-visit it in more depth.
Millstone whisky is a product of the Zuidam Distillery, which is located in Baarle-Nassau, nestled between the borders of Holland and Belgium. The distillery was originally set up to produce Liqueurs and Genevers, but they began experimenting with whisky creation in 1996. The whisky gets its name from the mills, which are used to grind the grain that becomes the whisky. As the distillery is very small, much of the process is hand driven and therefore the whisky can be said to be almost hand made.
The dram up for review is the Millstone 12 Year Old Sherry Cask, which is finished in Oloroso sherry butts.
Appearance: Dark, Orangey Red colour. The colour of copper coins, dirtied by years of use.
Aroma: Rich, fruity sherry. This is the aroma of Christmas, as it is the only time that sherry used to pass my lips. There are notes of lemon, raisin and dark, fruity sugar.
Taste: Here at the start of this whisky are notes that were unexpected. There are buttery notes, like that of sweetened pastry. However there are much more expected flavours, there are rich, fruity raisins, which feel like they have been soaked deeply in alcohol. This part is all about the sherry and all about the Christmas celebrations.
In the middle the casking is revealed, as the sweetness gives way to spice and vanilla. The spice is of aniseed, which gives heat and there is fruit of plum. It is sweet and deeply dark with sugar. This part is where the sherry becomes a slice of rich, fruit cake and again makes me feel like its Christmas.
Finally, the last flavours are the Christmas pudding. There are strong, alcoholic notes of rum, mixed with fruity, rich notes of raisin again and biscuity notes that are sweet, rich and spicy. These are almost biscuity in quality.
Mouthfeel: Strong, sweet and rich. Like the puddingy flavour of Oloroso Sherry.
Overall: Normally, I am not a huge fan of sherried whiskies, but I am starting to warm to them. Whether this is through a better appreciation of sherry, or whether I am being treated to better examples of sherried whisky remains to be seen. This is the richest, sweetest and most sherry like of the whiskies that I have tried and all the more interesting because of it. If Christmas feels a long way away, then this dram might help you reconnect with your inner elf.
Real Dram Factor: 7.8
More information: Millstone Whisky Website
Purchased: Weber and Trings