Belgian Owl 4 year old, cask 270910, 46%

Price: $68.00 Issue: Summer 2011 Reviewer: Dominic Roskrow

Belgian whisky maker Etienne Bouillon has a strange production process, including maturation in modern, warm, and strip-lighted warehouses on an industrial estate, but he's no slouch when it comes to whisky making, and he counts Bruichladdich's Jim McEwan among his friends. This is melon and vanilla ice cream on the nose; banana, burnt rind, and a sprinkling of pepper on the palate. Youth reveals itself late, but this is dessert whisky at its best. €47 Currently not available in the U.S.