- Brand: Ryggia
- ABV: 62.1%
A few weeks ago I tried my first dram from this young Belgian distillery I Bruges: a one year old spirit named Rogia, finished on an ice wine cask and bottled at 59.2%. This one ups the ante, being a 2 years old, Ryggia, at a whopping 62.1%. I confess: expectations are high. By the way, just like Rogia, Ryggia also means ‘holy water’ and historians agree that this evolved into Bryggia, the old name for Bruges. Powerful and pleasantly sweet nose on raisins, caramel, cardamom, cherry candy, candied orange peel with a sugar coating, chocolate shavings and ferns. Nice oaky edge that does not dominate at all. This is very promising. That it offers a kick to the teeth at first sip will come as no surprise. The salive glands are put to the test. But once the fire has been put out, I am pleasantly surprised with notes of stone fruit, bitter oranges, apple sauce, cloves, nutmeg and black pepper. It sure warms the mouth, but if approached with respect water is not necessary. Long, warm and pleasant finish that remains both spicy and perfectly balanced. Respect. I think Thibaut is going to conjure up some lovely products from his stills. Admittedly, 78 EUR for a half liter is not cheap, but it certainly is tasty!