Aug 7, 2013

Goldlys Owner's Reserve...

Goldlys Owner's Reserve (40.0%): Finally, after a month of traveling in Europe I am back... Last week we were in Belgium and actually dedicated most of our time to beer and mainly to Geuze and Lambic but I managed to bring back a wee bottle of Goldlys's entry level blend Owner's Reserve. Goldlys is distilled by Filliers distillery situated in Bachte-Maria-Leerne, a small village near Ghent. They are actually known worldwide for their jenever expressions but it is known that they also experiment with whisky for a long time. They distill mashes consisting malt, rye and corn, use both pot and continuous stills and mature their whisky in ex-bourbon and spanish oak sherry barrels. Owner's Reserve is their only no age statement expression. Color: Pale yellow, straw like. Nose: It noses like barrel aged grain jenever... Anise seeds, dry pine cones and juniper berries. Wet rotting hay, citrus scented furniture polish spray and tincture of iodine. Adding water brings weird rubber and plastic aromas. Palate: Very young and not so pleasant grain whisky notes hit hard. Honey and lemon flavored Theraflu powder drink, lemon peel, pencil shavings and untreated pine timber. With a few drops of water it just falls apart. This wasn't a enjoyable ride I have to say... Finish: Kind of long but just because of the burn of young alcohol. Some citrusy notes linger in a distance. Overall: Miles and miles away from Belgian Owl. Even if I wanted to judge it as a jenever not as a whisky it wouldn't work for me. I tasted much better tasting barrel aged grain jenevers before. If the bottle catches your eye on a shelf somewhere in Belgium don't even get curious, just avoid it. There are so many other beautiful liquids in the country you can spend your money for...