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Millstone Whisky

Despite already running a very successful, family-owned spirit brand in the Netherlands, master distiller and whisky enthusiast Patrick van Zuidam would not be satisfied until he made his own whisky. His ambition was finally sated when he created the first Dutch whisky: Millstone.

It’s a fitting name, and not just because it’s made in the Netherlands. Millstone genuinely uses windmills to process its malted barley, which is important for two reasons: firstly because it preserves Dutch heritage and secondly, the manner in which traditional millstones slowly grind the malted barley into flour is a key component to the Millstone style*. This method is able to ready the malted barley to be made into mash without increasing the temperature of the grain, which helps the barley retain much of its aromas. It takes approximately five hours per batch to transform the malted barley into mash, which is subsequently cooled and pumped to the fermentation tank.

Fermentation at Millstone is typically carried out in small batches, and is another aspect of production that takes advantage of using very low temperature, to foster a fruity flavour in its whisky. It takes around five days which, while it is longer than is customary, is another deliberate step from Millstone to allow more delicate flavours to form. Once fermentation is complete, the whisky is double distilled in small handcrafted copper pot stills. The stills were designed to have an extraordinary large copper surface which mean the whisky has a lot of contact with the copper. Not only does this method refine imperfections and eliminate any unwanted substances, but again demonstrates Millstone’s commitment to production techniques that will stimulate the formation of the complex and fruity esters.

Zuidam use either new barrels of American white oak or barrels that have previously held bourbon or oloroso sherry only once to age its whisky. Zuidam are very specific about using barrels that have had at most one use before they mature its whisky, in the belief that when these barrels are stored in a warm and dry warehouse, it will age the quickly. This preference however does tend to cost more, firstly because of the sheer volume of barrels Zuidam have to source, purchase and store, but also the evaporation losses are rather high. Typically, the ‘Angels’ Share’ could be as much as between 4% and 5% per year. It is this sort of sacrifice that Millstone are happy to take in order to ensure it creates a product of a singular profile and delicious taste.

Millstone whisky is still handcrafted in the traditional Zuidam Distillery today, and continues to make the most of 50 years of family experience in distilling to produce stellar editions such as Millstone 5 Year Old Dutch Single Malt Whisky, Millstone 100 Rye Whisky and this rather exquisite Millstone 6 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company).

*Thirdly - windmills are badass.

Millstone 6 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.9%

A first for That Boutique-y Whisky Company - their first bottling of Dutch whisky! This is a 6 year old single malt from the Zuidam distillery, released under their Millstone name (like all of…  More info

Millstone 6 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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$60.16
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Millstone 6 Year Old 2010 (cask 1874) - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 55.3%

A single cask Dutch whisky from the wonderful Zuidam distillery, bottled under their Millstone name by us! This was distilled in the Netherlands in February 2010 and left to mature in bourbon barrel…  More info

Millstone 6 Year Old 2010 (cask 1874) - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$87.52
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Millstone 6 Year Old 2010 (cask 2638) - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 56.3%

Sherried single malt from Dutch distilling maestros, Zuidam. As with all of their whisky, this has been bottled under their Millstone name (a reference to the mills that grind the grain for…  More info

Millstone 6 Year Old 2010 (cask 2638) - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$93.00
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Millstone 100 Rye Whisky

70cl, 50%

Almost everything to do with the Millstone 100 Rye Whisky, from Dutch experts Zuidam, is to do with the number 100. It's made with 100% rye grain, 100% small pot still distillation, matured for 100…  More info

Millstone 100 Rye Whisky
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$80.95
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Millstone 10 Year Old American Oak

70cl, 43%

This is a Millstone single malt whisky made at the Zuidam distillery in the Netherlands. It is a 10 year old expression, matured in an American oak cask, although the label does seem to say it was…  More info

Millstone 10 Year Old American Oak
$78.39
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Millstone 12 Year Old Sherry Cask Matured

70cl, 46%

From the Zuidam distillery in the Netherlands comes a 12 year old Millstone Dutch single malt whisky, matured entirely in Sherry casks. Expect some of those scrummy, sweet, spiced notes you get from…  More info

Millstone 12 Year Old Sherry Cask Matured
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$100.66
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Millstone 10 Year Old - French Oak

70cl, 40%

10 year old single malt whisky from the Netherlands. Produced by the excellent Zuidam, this expression is matured in French Oak casks.  More info

Millstone 10 Year Old - French Oak
$76.42
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Millstone 5 Year Old Dutch Single Malt Whisky

70cl, 40%

5 year old single malt whisky from the ever-versatile Zuidam Distillers in the Netherlands, matured in Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry casks.  More info

Millstone 5 Year Old Dutch Single Malt Whisky
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$60.16
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Millstone 5 Year Old Lightly Peated Dutch Single Malt Whisky

70cl, 40%

5 year old single malt whisky from the Dutch master distillers, Zuidam. This expression has been made using lightly peated barley for a subtle hint of smokiness that goes very well with their…  More info

Millstone 5 Year Old Lightly Peated Dutch Single Malt Whisky
$70.19
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Millstone 6 Year Old 2008 - Special #6

70cl, 54.2%

6 year old Dutch single malt whisky from the Zuidam distillers, presented as part of their Millstone range. It was distilled in April 2008 and bottled in April 2015, just shy of its 7th birthday.…  More info

Millstone 6 Year Old 2008 - Special #6

Millstone 6 Year Old 2008 - Special #5

70cl, 46%

A 6 year old, Oloroso Sherry cask matured Dutch single malt whisky here from the Millstone range, distilled by Zuidam! This was distilled in April 2008 and bottled in April 2015 before being bottled…  More info

Millstone 6 Year Old 2008 - Special #5
$54.31
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Millstone 14 Year Old 1999

70cl, 46%

A single malt whisky from the Dutch distillery, Zuidam, released under their Millstone name. This expression was distilled in February 1999 and matured American oak casks first, then finished in…  More info

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Millstone 8 Year Old - French Oak

70cl, 40%

The Zuidam distillery in the Netherlands has unique stills with a very high surface contact area due to their size. This was matured in French Oak casks.  More info

Millstone 8 Year Old - French Oak

Millstone 8 Year Old - American Oak

70cl, 43%

Dutch single malt! This was distilled in 2000 at the Zuidam distillery, which has unique handmade, small copper pot stills. Matured in American oak casks.  More info

Millstone 8 Year Old - American Oak

Millstone Peated

70cl, 40%

This single malt is aged for over 5 years in small American white oak barrels, as well as bourbon and sherry casks. A great Dutch single malt from Zuidam.  More info

Millstone Peated
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Millstone Single Malt

70cl, 40%

A Dutch single malt whisky from the Zuidam distillery. The whisky is made to the exacting standards of father and son combo Fred and Patrick van Zuidam.  More info

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