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Kempisch Vuur, Single Malt, 46%

As a large Belgian media conglomerate has just swallowed up a chunk of Irish news media – I thought it opportune to swallow some Belgian Whiskey.

Now Belgium is relatively new to the game of whisky distilling – but have a long history of distilling jenever – so it’s rather refreshing to see a bold  ‘Aged 3 Years’ statement emblazoned across the front of this very attractively presented bottle of single malt.

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Fabulous bottle, fabulous contents. c/othewhiskeynut

Just as every Belgian Beer has it’s own glassware – it seems as if Belgian Whisky is no exception to this highly entertaining & endearing custom.

My interest was certainly piqued.

Vuur – for anyone who doesn’t know – is Flemish for fire – I had to look it up myself – which is explained by the peat content.

Belgium does actually have peat bogs. Mainly around the Haute Fagnes area – oddly near the highest point in Belgium at Signal De Botrange. I only know this as I happened to visit the place when on holiday a few years ago.

Belgian lightly peated malted barley was used in this whisky.

Extra ‘fire’ content is provided by the use of ex-Laphroaig quarter casks for maturation.

And a great job they do too!

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Single Cask too! c/othewhiskeynut

There’s a joyful youthfulness about it.

A little bit bold – a tad brash – but full of flavour & appeal.

The peat influence is relatively quiet to begin with – a trifle soft – while the barley sweetness slowly gets consumed into a glowing ashy peat smokiness that gradually dries out the palate leaving a very satisfyingly long warm feeling on the finish.

A beautiful little number from Belgium!

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I sourced my bottle via the wonderfully named Drankenwereld shop in Belgium itself here.

Kempisch Vuur website here.