Discovery Road

Zuidam Distillers

Smile, 100% Dutch Rye

ABV 46%
REVIEWED Issue 118
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Brand: Zuidam Distillers, Discovery Road
Expression: Smile, 100% Dutch Rye
Type: Netherlands Whisky / Rye
Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 46%
Country/Region: Netherlands
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
Issue 118
Tasting notes
Taster   Neil Ridley
Nose: A very pronounced cocoa note (nibs rather than powder) arrives with a lovely rich buttery pastry smell. From then on, its creamed coconut, light fudge, a hint of very delicate coffee, vanilla and fresh cream. Lovely.
Palate: Milky and sweet, leading into swirls of vanilla fudge, more coconut (macaroons), chopped nuts and cream.
Finish: Light, but not short of flavour. The coconut is dominant, alongside a rich vanilla oak.
Comment: A toss up with No.1 (Balbalir 83) for whisky of the month from me. Absolutely superb.
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Elegant. Malty and fruity. Candied quince, stewed apples in honey. A delicate spice festoon wraps up the fruit. Toffee apple.
Palate: Silky with a crisp feel. Rich cooked fruit flavours. Oak is beautifully integrated. Liquorice at the back. Perfect balance with the nose.
Finish: Sweet, on the liquorice root. Lingering on a clean and pleasant astringent note.
Comment: An aromatic whisky, with a full fruity character. Very well structured.
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