A remarkable little single cask bottling from Dutch company Frysk Hynder.
Produced at the Frisian Us Heit Distillery (which is better known as a brewery) Frysk Hynder was founded as a hobby project in 2002, by brewer Aart van der Linden. Whilst Holland is known for being the birth place of gin and jenever, the distillery claim they represent the first single malt to be distilled in the Netherlands.
The whisky is made with the same wort that forms the basis of Us Heit’s beer, only without the hops. The spirit is double distilled in small stills, and Frysk Hynder produces an equivalent of just 77 bottles of whisky a day.
This dram has been aged for seven years in a former Port cask, having been distilled on the 12th of January 2012, and bottled on the 17th of same month 2019.
The final result is a rich, sweet whisky that offers up notes of dried fruit, dark chocolate, vanilla, crunchy malt, plums, cherries, strawberries, jammy figs, toffee, dark oak, red grapes, sweet wine and raspberry.
Bottled at 48% ABV, this low cask strength ensures the spirit displays creamy and satisfying. No chill filtration or artificial colouring were used.
Frysk Hynder translates as Frisian Horse, a reference to the distillery’s home province of Frisia or Friesland, which is famous for its stallions. The bottling’s unique horse-head closure also reflects this history.