Frysk Hynder Frisian Single Malt Whisky: A few months ago I came across this whisky and what I found quite interesting is the fact that “Friesland”, where this Whisky originated from, is not too dissimilar a place to Scotland. They have a great supply of water which, if you weren’t aware, is critical for making quality whisky. Frysk Hynder first started distilling in 2002 and their early years weren’t so great. They had a lack of consistency and due to financial reasons had to bottle their whisky after just 3 years. Fast forward to 2014 and their batch consistency has matured but they still bottle the whisky after only just 3 years, however, it would be interesting to see the results if it were aged for longer.
THE FRYSK HYNDER
On the nose: you’ll get some lovely port notes followed by nutmeg and vanilla. Soon after, notes of orange rind will start to appear closely followed by malt barley and strawberries. On the palate: it is very subtle, the notes nosed are evident. You’ll get the port but its is very light, followed by mixed fruits and touch of spice. More notes will start to emerge and you’ll get a very subtle taste of eucalyptus and plums – some oak will also start to kick in. The finish: is very smooth and oaky, with a delightful but grainy sweetness.
The verdict: Admittedly, on the nose you’d be forgiven for thinking this Dutch single malt whisky is a lot older than it actually is but the palate quickly clears up that confusion. While its immaturity can be tasted it still has some beautiful notes on the palate, which make it a little too easy to drink. As with all single malt scotches – this is best enjoyed straight, or with a very small amount of mineral water to allow the flavours to breathe.
Frysk Hynder Frisian Single Malt Whisky can be found online directly from the distillery for approximately €40.