A surprising rye whisky from Belgian distillers Filliers. Filliers are better known for their gins (and their experiments with barrel aging gins), and have been in the business for a long time now – since the early 19th century.
Filliers have produced other whiskies, most notably the Goldlys range, but this is their first rye whisky. “Sunken Still” refers to an bit of ingenuity from Filliers during the First World War: with the German army encroaching, the distillery decided to sink their still in the nearby Rekkelinge river to avoid it being captured and melted down for bullets.
The whisky itself has been distilled in copper pot stills, and left to mature in first fill Bourbon barrels to produce a rich, sweet and spicy dram.
Sunken Still serves up notes of vanilla, intense rye spices, toffee, bright Bourbon oak, cinnamon, slight chilli, stone fruit, apples and some chopped mint. The toffee note particularly, really dominates and leaps out of the glass.
A youthful, vibrant rye whisky that fans of American ryes should try!