Zuidam Dutch Rye Whisky: Spécialités Dumangin

100% pure Rye Bourbon from the Zuidam family’s Whisky Millstone distillery in the Netherlands finished in Ratafia casks in the heart of Champagne in northern France.

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Tasting Notes

Gilles Dumangin is perhaps best known for his excellent grower Champagne and Ratafia Champenois. Few know of his predilection for collecting and drinking whisky from round the world. In 2020, he has launched his collection of limited-edition small-batch whiskies finished in Ratatfia Champenois casks. This Batch 006 Dutch Rye Whisky is one of only 369 bottles produced and was bottled in January 2020.

The grain for this whisky is traditionally ground using windmill-powered millstones before mashing and a 5-day ferment before double-distillation in small copper pot stills before maturation in American oak Bourbon barrels for 3-4 years. Finished in 228L barriques previously used to age Ratafia barrels for 7 months (Barrel T-050) and bottled in January 2020.

Light in colour, this rounded whisky echoes the barrels in which it was matured. Notes of coconut, oak and a wonderful roundness from being finished in Ratafia barrels.

About this wine
StyleNon Sparkling
VinificationAged in the Netherlands over 3 years in Bourbon barrels, it has been double-cask conditioned in Ratafia Champenois barrel T-050 for a further 6 months. Bottled in January 2020.
Alcohol By Volume (%)46

Gilles Dumangin (Champagne J. Dumangin Fils)

Grape growing in the Dumangin family goes back some 350 years - Firmin Dumangin (born in the 1650s) was a viticulteur in the neighbouring village of Ludes. Early in the 21st Century Gilles Dumangin succeeded his father, Jacky, and is a fifth generation Champagne producer. The Dumangin family's tireless efforts to produce the best possible Champagne from their own grapes has been recognised by the prestigious French wine guide, Guide Hachette 2008, which has awarded the Dumangin Grand Réserve a Coup de Cœur.


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