Belgian Owl Whisky 50cl 4yrs
In 1997, Etienne Bouillon started the only distillery in the Liege area in Grâce-Hollogne after acquiring a first, and then a second, handmade, century-old still in 1994; one of these stills was used by an authentic "bouilleur de cru", which means that Etienne Bouillon is the first distiller in Belgium who can boast of having an itinerant distillery!
Each of these stills has a capacity of 500 litres. Then a liqueur table and a fermentation tank were added for a capacity of up to 20,000 litres of wort.
The breakthrough came in 1999: the creation and sale of the first Belgian Whisky.
But Etienne wasn’t satisfied; he wanted to produce a true single malt, made exclusively from barley malted in his own distillery – top quality is the goal.
2003 would be a crucial year: Etienne Bouillon had finished preparing his project and presented it to the Walloon Region, which marked its interest and signed a technical agreement for a loan to finance two-thirds of the first batch.
17 October 2004 the PUR.E Distillerie began production for the first time of what will become the future whisky and the following day, on 18 October 2004, the act of authenticity of the first cask of Belgian Whisky was signed by three witnesses, before the Duties and Excise Department.
This first cask was filled and sealed on 29 October 2004 and Etienne Bouillon recorded the first order from a private party for « The Belgian Whisky».
So that is the true story of the first Belgian Whisky!