Silver Medal for Gouden Carolus Single Malt whisky

Gouden Carolus Single Malt by Stokerij De Molenberg was today awarded a silver medal at its very first participation in an international whisky tasting competition.
The ‘International Wine and Spirit Competition’ (IWSC) was established in 1969 in the U.K. and is considered to be one of the most prestigious competitions of its kind in the world.

Judging for the competition is unique in that it has two stages; first, the products are tasted blind by expert panels from the drinks industry. Then, products which receive the top medals are subject to technical analysis before results are released.

Gouden Carolus Single Malt is a refined whisky distilled from the mash of Gouden Carolus Tripel beer. The ensuing aging in classic Bourbon barrels followed by a further aging in Het Anker barrels (wooden barrels made by a cooper in accordance with our own specifications) results in a refined whisky with a full and balanced taste.

Charles Leclef, 5th generation owner, is happy with this first, international prize:

“This medal is a nice regocnition for the relentless energy and dedication we put into this project from day one. We distilled the first spirit at our own distillery in 2010. I have started this project aiming to bring a unique, Belgian quality whisky to the market. A whisky with a pronounced and balanced character. This award encourages us to continue along this chosen direction.”

About Distillery De Molenberg

In the ‘Molenberg’ family farm in Blaasveld, the Van Breedam miller's family ground and distilled grain into jenever. Since 1637 this family tradition was passed on from generation to generation until in 1927 the last distillate was made.

Louis Van Breedam and his sister Anna left the ‘Molenberg’ in 1872 and took over the brewery in Mechelen which had brewed beer for the Groot Begijnhof and the city since 1471. And this started a new family tradition. Charles Leclef, fifth generation Het Anker brewery-owner, grew up in the brewery but also knew the former family distillery in Blaasveld, inactive since 1927, where his uncle lived. He had a daring plan: the combination of both family traditions, distilling and brewing.

Charles believes in a refined whisky distilled from the mash of his Gouden Carolus Tripel beer. In 2010 both family traditions - distilling and brewing - were combined in a new project: Stokerij De Molenberg. And that completes the cycle: the family’s brewing activity originated from the distillery and in turn today the brewery provides the basis to restart the distilling tradition.

The visitor center of Distillery De Molenberg will open in November 2014.

More information about the IWSC, zie www.iwsc.net