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Kalevala distilled Gin

Established in 2012, the Kalevala distillery produces premium organic Gin, Vodka & Rum in Easternmost Finland.
Some history about Kalevala:

The Kalevala is a 19th-century work of epic poetry compiled by Elias Lönnrot from Karelian and Finnish oral folklore and mythology.
It is regarded as the national epic of Karelia and Finland and is one of the most significant works of Finnish literature. The Kalevala was instrumental in the development of the Finnish national identity and the intensification of Finland’s language strife that ultimately led to Finland’s independence from Russia in 1917.
The first version of the Kalevala, called the Old Kalevala, was published in 1835. The version most commonly known today was first published in 1849 and consists of 22,795 verses, divided into fifty folk stories (Finnish: runot).

The Kalevala gin focus on the juniper taste but they also include mint, rosebud, raspberry leaf and rosemary. The gin has a abv of 46,3% and comes in 50cl bottles.
In my optinion this is one of the favourite gin bottles that I’ve tried especially with finnish lingon berries.

Brand: KalevalaAvailibility: CommonPrice: (50cl)
Kalevala gin
Stauning Rye whisky

Stauning Rye is a true classic in their product range. The spirit is distilled in traditional direct-fire pot stills which results in a complex whisky with lots of nuances to explore.
It is a straight rye whisky since it contains no artificial flavour or colouring and it has been matured between 3 to 4 years.
Its distilled in Denmark, West Jutland, Stauning. Around 300-4000 bottles were made from the particular batch that I got and it’s bottled att 50% abv.

Stauning Rye contains only floor malted rye and floor-malted barley. This makes it something very special in the world of whisky.
At Stauning Whisky we do all processes on-site, and it means that we can handle the malting of the rye.

Notes from the producer:
It’s warm, friendly and fresh at the same time spicy, bold, full-bodied and seems considerably older than the age suggests.
One clearly tastes the Rye and recognize the scent of freshly baked rye bread.

Some key features that makes this whisky stand out from other rye whiskies is:
– Floor malted local barley
– Floor malted local rye
– Double pot still distilled
– Direct-fired stills

– Local water of superior quality
– Non-chill filtered
– Matured and bottled on site
– Terroir product of Denmark

Looking forward trying this one and a review will come up shortly, stay tuned!

Brand: Stauning WhiskyAvailibility: CommonPrice: 495DKK (50cl)
Stauning rye whisky
G-Gin Skånska Spritfabriken

A while back i talked about Skånska Spritfabrikens g-Gin kaffe that was a special gin distilled with coffee beans.
It’s nice that distilleries nowdays are brave enough to try new things and widen their range besides the standard spirits.

Therefore I want to mention their other gin that they have.
– First of they have the standard g-gin London dry  gin that is bottled at 46.2% abv. It has a distinct nose of juniper but also green apples and cardamom.

– Besides the standard one they also has some oak finished gin, this one in particular is Österlen finish because its aged on  a barrel used for their Österlen VSOP First Batch.
This one has also a distinct nose of juniper but a mix of both green and red apples. Its has the same abv as the London dry gin because its that spirit that is aged in the barrel.

– At last we have g-Gin Rosé, aged in red wine bordeaux casks which gives it a rosé color on the spirit. The nose on this one is juniper, red pepper and grape.

Recently they hosted a crowdfunding to keep their imagination going on new types of spirits and twists. So from now on we will see more variations and new spirit types in the near future, that I’m sure of!

SkånskaSpritfabriken.com
Hyde cask strength 8yo 59%

Hyde cask strength is a single grain irish whiskey bottled in 08/2007 at 59% abv.
There is only 1000 bottles of this and it is classified as a limited edition release.
It is aged for 8 years in bourbon casks, the whiskey is triple distilled and non chill filtered.

Price varies but to its between 50-65 brittish pounds. My bottle is 293 of 1000 and it is made with their master distiller Alan Hyde.
Here is some notes from the producer itself:

Nose
The higher 59% alc. strength delivers a more robust Cinnamon and clove overtone with complex and spicy sweet American bourbon notes.

Palate
A cracked black pepper and spiciness gives way to a buttery vanilla and charred oak taste.

Finish
Full and satisfying, ending with a silky smooth finish.

My own reveiw will be posted soon.

Brand: Hyde Irish whiskeyAvailibility: CommonPrice: 65 (70cl)
Hyde cask strength 8yo
Naud Añejo 15 Años Ron Panama review

In a previous post you can read a bit more about the distillery and rum.
Here is my review of The Naud Añejo 15 Años Ron Panama 41.3% ABV.

Nose 👃
Rich, floral and, cinnamon, marshmallows and caramelized almonds. A really good nose i would say!

Palate 👄
Some oak, vanilla, toffee but not too sweet. Hints of orange and spices coats my mouth therefore it sticks with me longer and in the end you can feel a little bit of alcohol burn.

Finish 🏁
The finish is long. It stays with you and warms you with all the pleasant notes.

Conclusion 🙏
Just how I like it, not too sweet, good oak influence deep flavors and it stays with you for a while. A good dram of rum in my opinion.

Total Score 89/100.

Naud
Bladnoch 10yo 46.7% Review

I’ve really looked forward to this one and it didn’t disappoint me, rather suprise me on the nose with all those outstanding notes.
The bladnoch 10 years old is bottled at 46.7% abv and has matured in ex-bourbon casks, it’s non-chill filtered and no color is added.

Nose 👃
Strong vanilla followed by toffee sweetness , crisp green grapes, then a good dose of newly picked oranges and in the end a hint of sweet honey.
Very fresh and crisp. Pleasant on the nose without any alcohol burn coming through.

Palate 👄
First creamy malty, wood, some black pepper, on the tongue some dryness then the sweetness of a orange combined with the citrus notes.

Finish 🏁
Medium-long malty at the end with some of the lingering down the throat

Conclusion 🙏
A very pleasant dram with clear and powerfull dose of orange which makes this dram stand
out against others I’ve had before. This is also one of my first encounters with Lowland whisky and
this makes me try and explore more of both Bladnoch whisky and Lowland whiskies

Score:89/100

Bladnoch 10Yo
Naud Añejo 15 Años Ron Panama

Famille Naud  was originally founded by Emile Perrier. 1923 he founds la Distillerie du Donjon in the heart of Pons located North of Bordeaux.
The distillery belongs to the famous cognac region Charentes where it has been family run over 100 years.
They use the ancient grain mill of Pinthiers, with its authentic paddle wheel. Well hidden amongst the greenery and set upon a small island.
The old limestone building, which is surrounded by lime and willow trees, is bordered by two arms of the River Seugne, which flows down into the River Charente.
It is an outstanding distillery, hidden on its own island! I wish to visit there sometime to experience the area carftmenship and have a good tasting experience.

Among their spirits they produce 4 differenc cognac but also vodka, gin, rum and a spiced rum called “Hidden Loot”.
The one I will review in the coming future is the 15 year old panama rum.

This extra old rum is aged in American oak casks after that the rum begins a long transatlantic journey to perfect its refinement in their Cognac cellars. Thessweetness in the rum comes by using sugarcanes from Arco Seco, Panama.
It is distilled in the traditional fashion, in copper columns of 20 trays, to obtain a distinguished, lavish and fruity spirit.
One key difference Famille Naud does is to directly source the rum instead of get it through brokers like many others do.
This batch was carefully selected when Pierre Naud and his father visited Arco Seco in Panama last year, they selected a high proof rum before importing it to France.
When it arrives at their distillery they used their cognac making expertise to finish the ageing of the rum and to do a slow alcohol reduction(as they do for the cognac).
Color of this one is Deep Mahogny and alcohol content is 41,3% abv.

Looking forward to taste this one and give you my thoughts on it.

Ron Panama
Bladnoch 10yo Limited release

Bladnoch Distillery is 203 year old. David Prior’s is the owner of Bladnoch Distillery.
David Prior’s prodigious passion for Scotch Whisky, together with a strong desire to restore the heart and soul of the local community led him to purchase Scotland’s 203-year-old Bladnoch Distillery in 2015.

Dr Nick Savage joined Bladnoch Distillery as Master Distiller in 2019, hailing from The Macallan.
Bladnoch is the southernmost distillery in Scotland and they are sourcing water from the Bladnoch River and malt from British growers.

The Bladnoch 10yo is a non chill filtered whisky at 46.7% abv. It is Matured in ex-bourbon casks for 10 years which gives it a spicy and sweet flavor.
A proper review of this one is coming soon.

Brand: BladnochAvailibility: CommonPrice: €57 (70cl)
Bladnoch
Raasay distillery While we wait 2018

Waited too long for this one but last night I finally got to pour a dram of this lovley expression.
It’s 46% abv. More info about the bottle and distillery in a previous post.

Nose 👃
Vanilla, hint of smoke, coconut flakes, pleasant soft and creamy scent, dried rassins

Palate 👄
Suprises on the palate, explosive of peat smoke, not heavy but powerful. Fruity, nutty, I’m out of words to describe

Finish 🏁
Very long, pleasant, lingers on the tongue, the rassins, nuttynes stays with you along with well balanced peat smoke.

Conclusion 🙏
Reminds me of of high coast 63, I’m very impressed with it and it has splitted 1’st place with the high coast 63 in the not heavy peated range.
I’m very very curious of their new release that is coming soon I believe?

Score : 95/100

Raasay Distillery
Glen Keith Distillery edition

Glen Keith distillery edition is my quick tip for today.
The year 2000 the chivas Brothers closed the Glen Keith distillery but after a complete renovation it was again opened in 2013.
The Glen Keith distillery edition is a NAS bottled at 40%abv. It comes from the speyside region an is triple distilled which is quite unusual for a speyside distillery.

Nose:
some apples andcaramel. A powerfull scent of  creamy vanilla almost as a better vanilla ice cream that is towards the yellow color instead of white with some black spots in it.
The alcohol is not that noticeble and the dram is not that complex, probably because of it’s youth.

Palate:
Palate follows the same pattern more creamyness and loads of vanilla. A easy dram to sip but not that complex. The oak is present in the taste along with the malyness.

Conclusion:
A good every day dram with a nice vanilla punch. It’s also a good whisky to people who has just started with whisky.

Douglas Laing’s Ardbeg Mortlach 10yo double barrel

This is a new Green Welly Stop Exclusive featuring two single malt Titans from different ends of the spectrum!
Peat mixed with Honey and Grist… an amazing combination!Both the Ardbeg and Mortlach have been aged for a minimum of 10 years.

This bottling features some Ardbeg & Mortlach and each of these single malts are married together from just one single selected cask.
Bottled in a traditionally old fashioned style, without chill filtration so that all taste facets are enhanced, these malts have waited 10 long and slow years in cold, dark scottish warehouses.
At 46% this single malt blend is something unique.

Brand: Douglas Laing & CoAvailibility: RarePrice: £48 (70cl)
Tyndrumwhisky.com
The Duppy Share spiced caribbean rum with pineapple & kola nut

The Duppy Share was created from a blend of three-year-old Jamaican rum and five-year-old Barbados rum, which were aged in Bourbon barrels and then bottled in London.
The new Duppy Share Spiced was developed with Robin Honhold, former head of operations at Mr Lyan, which manages venues such as Lyaness and Cub in London. Honhold is also the co-founder of drinks innovation team A/O.

“Spiced rum has had a bad reputation in the past for being super sweet and packed so full of flavourings that you can’t even tell that it’s a rum. We wanted to forge a different path to advance the category and show consumers how good a spiced rum can be.”

The spiced variant is made with a base of aged rum from Jamaica’s Worthy Park and Barbados distillery Foursquare.
The 37.5% ABV expression has been created to be an “accessible, versatile craft rum with a blend of spices” that are designed to stand up in mixers such as ginger, soda and cola.
The Duppy is celebrated in this new, quirky rum, which offers lots of easy drinking fruit and vanilla character, ending with a lovely spicy finish.

The Duppy share
Laphroaig Select

Laphroaig Select is aged in a combination of Oloroso sherry butts, American white oak , hogsheads seasoned with Pedro Ximenez, quarter casks and first fill bourbon casks.
This results in a restrained and toned down version of this Islay classic.

Notes provided by producer

  • COLOUR

    A Fully Natural colour with no caramel added, it is sparkling gold with layers of colour – arising from different maturations and oils mixing together.

  • NOSE

    Peat first, then ripe red fruits from the PX and Olorosso casks. A hint of dryness next from the American oak with a long lingering florally finish – Marzipan and even limes at the end.

  • PALATE

    This full bodied whisky is initially sweet up front- matching the nose, then the classic dry, peaty, ashy flavours come bounding in followed by a lovely rich finish arising from the rich fruits of the European casks.

Laphroaig Select
Raasay While We Wait single malt Scotch whisky

Isle of Raasay Distillery
The first legal distillery on the Isle of Raasay in northwest Scotland began distilling in 2017.

It is our vision to create the finest Hebridean single malt Scotch whisky and a unique whisky destination with arguably the best view from any distillery in Scotland.

Raasay While We Wait single malt Scotch whisky 46% abv, natural colour, non-chill filtered.
While waiting for their inaugural Isle of Raasay Single Malt whisky, they have crafted a single malt that demonstrates their whisky making skills and offers a taste of what’s to come from our distillery.
This limited edition whisky combines two expressions from one distillery – one peated, one unpeated – finished in French oak Tuscan red wine casks. The result: a single malt whisky of uncommon provenance.
Raaasay While We Wait – 2018 Release is finished for 9 months in Tuscan Red wine casks. The wine finish for this whisky is a lighter wine finish, and has a nice combination between wine and smoke, with this whisky leaning slightly closer to the smoke. This is different than 3rd release and 2nd release, which had a larger wine influence.

Raasay Distillery
Woodhill Navy strength Gin

Woodhill gin was founded by Jeppe Skovbakke Juhl. His dream was to create a unique and intense moment when you put the glass in front of you and take the first sip.
Woodhill Gin is a result of his passon to gin. Woodhill Gin is a premium gin, distilled in close collaboration with one of the finest distilleries in London, Thames Distillers Ltd.

Situated close to the idyllic North Zealand town of Tisvildeleje Denmark,
Woodhill Gin has been inspired by the landscape, the sea, woods and the warm feeling of freedom and tranquillity stemming from this in our choice of botanicals.
Key botanicals are:
– Juniper berry, Coriander seed, Angelica root
– Orris root, Lavender, Asparagus,
– Pink peppercorn, Lemongrass, Rose bud

The Gin in the picture is more than a classic Navy. In Navy gins there is a clear connection between taste and alcohol. The stronger the gin, the stronger the alcohol tastes, and the more the oils from the different botanicals taste.
In the Woodhills Navy, lots of flavor is retained without overdoing the alcohol.

Woodhill Navy Strength Gin is produced using the same natural ingredients as Woodhill Dry Gin but the higher abv adds more of the oils from the botanicals which gives it a more intense taste but still balanced.

A review of this gin will come up in the future and also posts about their other gins.

Brand: Woodhill GinAvailibility: CommonPrice: 450DKK (50cl)
Woodhill Navy Strength Gin
Review: Mosgaard Organic Single Malt Whisky PX Cask

Review time of Mosgaard organic single malt Pedro Ximenez Cask at 46.2% abv.
You’ll find more about this danish whisky in a previous post

Nose 👃
Deep sherried, despite the higher abv I get no alcohol burn on the nose at all.
A clear sent of dried red grapes followed by plum and floral notes. This one is very pleasant on the nose. Final a hint of cinnamon and nits

Palate 👄
The PX cask maturation comes through, spicy at first then some herbal and sweet bitter notes of Iranian barberry.
There is also vanilla, wood and tobacco.

Finish 🏁
Long and warming.
Plum, floral and some tobacco notes stays on the back of my tounge and finds it’s way up through the nose.

Conclusion 🙏
What can I say a dram that is totally in my preferred taste.
The nosing are amazing and the palate complements the scent with a deeper complexity thanks to the rush of spices at first followed by the Iranian berries.
The finish talks for it self.
This danish whisky is one of the best whiskies I’ve tried! They know what they are doing that’s for sure.

Score 96/100

Mosgaard whisky
Gulliver’s 47 single malt English whisky

History of the Samuel Gulliver & Co

The Samuel Gulliver founded his business in the white Horse, Banbury, England in 1747.
Samuel took inspiration from his fictional ancestors and traveled Traveled around the world to search out the most highly skilled and experienced distillers.

From the exotic Caribbean and Spice Islands to the more neighbourly British Isles, Samuel searched out the most highly skilled and experienced distillers to produce drinks of unparalleled quality and craftsmanship.
The business has now been re-launched by a 9th generation Gulliver to bring Samuel Gulliver’s ambitions back to life and introduce quality spirits to today’s discerning customers.

Gulliver’s 47 Single Malt English Whisky is a celebration of Samuel Gulliver’s adventures in 1747 and the robustness of a 47% whisky.
Gulliver’s 47 is a fine English single cask, single malt whisky distilled in Norfolk at The St. George’s Distillery exclusively for Gulliver’s and matured in hand selected Bourbon oak casks.

It’s a perfect marriage of the purest Norfolk water with the highest quality Concerto two-row local-grown barley that is malted at Crisps, one of the country’s oldest and finest master maltsters since 1870.  Finally, we only use whole, unbroken ex-bourbon oak casks that retain the integrity of the flavour in the oak for a perfect aging process.

A proper review is around the corner.

Brand: Samuel Gulliver & CoAvailibility: CommonPrice: 66EUR (70cl)
Gulliver's 47 Whisky
Cocktail recipe: Fresh mango fushion with Duppy Share

The Duppy Share Caribbean rum is both aged and ditilled in the Caribbean.
It’s a balanced unique blend of premium rums from the beautiful worthy park estate in Jamaica and the prestigious foursquare distillery in Barbados.
The Jamaican rum is aged for 3 years and the Barbados rum is aged for 5 years. These two combined results in tropical fruity notes and a smooth buttery finish.
The rum is 40% abv and comes in several different sizes mine is a 70cl bottle.

Now to the cocktail 🍹
– 4cl The Duppy Share Caribbean rum
– Lime juice from a quarter of a lime
– 4 chunks of 1x1cm mango cubes
– Top up with some lime soda

First put all the mango cubes in a shaker.
Muddle them to extract some juice.
Add some ice, lime and rum.
Shake a few times.
Pour it in your favourite Duppy glass on a big ice cube and top up with some soda.
Garnish with some mango cubes or a lime slice.

The cocktail is fresh by the lime and tropical because of the rum and mango.
Enjoy!

The duppy share
Review: Fary Lochan efterår batch 3

Now it’s time to review this beauty from Fary Lochan

Reviewed whisky: Fary Lochan efterår batch 3

Nose 👃

Some sweet dates and fruity notes from the sherry cask, quite smooth and friendly on the nose despite 48.3% abv. Furthermore it’s oily, some grass and Stinging tobacco that has just burnt.

Palate 👄
Creamy and spices at first then a lot of dark red fruits.
After letting the dram sit for a while the light smoke is growing a bit.

Finish 🏁
Medium long finish with some spices and put out tobacco leafs without the distinct tobacco aroma.

Conclusion 🙏
Very pleasant and delicate dram, I like the light smoke and creamy component in it. The dram is very complex and I think the smoked fresh nettles combined with the sherry cask makes it very special.
Fary Lochan distillery knows what they are doing and I hope they continue to innovate!

My rating 90/100

Fary Lochan Efterår
HYDE Irish Whiskey sample box

About HYDE

The HYDE family have been involved in the Irish drinks business for over twelve generations since 1640. HYDE is presidential quality Irish whiskey named in honour of Ireland’s very first president Douglas Hyde. President HYDE was an inspirational figure who helped to define Ireland’s national identity.

At HYDE we carefully hand select only the very finest Irish whiskey, made by only the very best Irish whiskey distilleries, which we then finish in vintage oak casks which we source directly from distilleries and bodegas around the world. HYDE premium Irish whiskey is bottled in small limited edition batches and non-chill filtered for a more original character. We apply specific charring levels to our vintage oak casks in order to create a whiskey that is rich in character and truly unique in taste.

The three samples I received from hyde were:
– HYDE No. 8 Heritage cask – It’s a Stout cask finished whiskey bottled at 46% ABV.
HYDE No. 6 President’s reserve – It’s a blended Irish Whiskey much older single malt & 8 year old single grain finished in sherry casks, bottled at 46% ABV.
– HYDE No. 1 President’s Cask – It’s a single malt Irish whiskey aged for 10 years and is finished in sherry casks, bottled at 46% ABV.

Review of these will come in the future.

Hydewhiskey.ie
Mosgaard Organic Single Malt Whisky PX Cask

Mosgaard Whiskey distillery is beautifully decorated in lovely surroundings on South Funen, in a beautiful and idyllically situated abandoned farm with a view of apple orchards and the Langeland Sound from our premises.
South Funen is known for its high food quality, and Mosgaard Whiskey will continue to work in this spirit to develop high quality products based on the best organic ingredients.

The distillery is a micro distillery with good craftsmanship according to Scottish tradition which ensures very high quality in our products.
Mosgaard Whiskey was founded in 2015 and owned by Gitte and Jes Mosgaard, as well as supported by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

This particular bottle is their Pedro Ximenez cask finish and it has a lovley color!
I have batch #5 bottled 27-11-2019 and it has a abv of 46,3%. It is made from organic Danish barley malt, which is malted to our specifications and brewed according to our own methods optimized to produce sweetness, softness and fruit notes – the taste of Funen Single Malt Whiskey.
It is first aged in French new oak and for the last 6 months its finished in Ex. Pedro Ximenez Sherry cask. This whisky got a bronze medal 2019 at the international wine and spirit competition.

I’ve tried this once before and fell in love, a proper review of this is coming up soon.

Brand: MosgaardAvailibility: RarePrice: 595SEK (50cl)
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Efterår #3
Fary Lochan Efterår Batch #3 danish single malt whisky

Fary Lochan distillery was founded on the 18th of december 2009.
In 2019, Fary Lochan received the finest seal of approval when it was acknowledged by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society(SMWS).
The whisky was given the rare and exclusive “Premium” label by the SMWS, it’s the first distillery Denmark to receive this label.

Fary Lochan’s single malt whisky is distilled in original Scottish pot stills and only danish malt is used in their whiskies.
They are the first and only distillery in the world to use fresh nettles to smoke their whisky malt.

This Particular whisky is called Efterår which means autumn in english. It’s batch nr 3, this batch was filled 19 november 2013 in hogshead oloroso sherry casks and bottled 19 november 2019.
I have bottle #268 and a total of  535 produced bottles. The Efterår contains 1% smoked barley.
A review of this beauty is coming soon, stay tuned!

Link to the whisky here.

Brand: FARY LOCHANAvailibility: RarePrice: 795DKK (50cl)
FARY LOCHAN
Fary Lochan Classic Gin
Fary Lochan Classic Gin

Fary Lochan Distillery is first and foremost a whiskey distillery that started in 2009 by Jens-Erik Jørgensen.
Today, the three siblings and their mother is running the distillery. The past years they’ve added more than only whisky to their production.

The development of other delicious products is for example their Gin. They’ve made all of their gin varieties light and fresh, so that they dress for every occasion and gathering.
The Classic Gin includes citrus and cucumber which gives a fresh and pleasant scent and taste that will send you on holiday thoughts at the first tear.
The mild taste allows this gin to be easily drank clean or in a tonic or lemon drink.

I’ll do a review or cocktail-tip about this gin soon!

Read more about the Classic Gin here.

Brand: Fary LochanAvailibility: CommonPrice: 350DKK (50cl)
Farylochan.dk
Ceiftain’s Ardbeg 12y 1998

Had the opportunity to try this dram last Saturday thanks to Måns.
Chieftain’s 1998, Ardbeg 12yo 43% abv.
Bottled by Ian Macleod.

Quick review:
Nose 👃
Pleasant smoke with some sweet notes and some sea salt.

Palate 👄
The smoke is quite the same on the palate not weaker or stronger, hints banana and overall pretty smooth.

Finish 🏁
Medium long. Some floral notes comes through 🌸

Overall a good one but nothing extra over the top. It could be that this was like the 8th peated whisky I tried and maybe i was quite numb of all the whiskies I’ve tried.
This was baought on an acution, because its quite rare and not produced anymore.

Brand: Cheiftain's single malt scotchAvailibility: RarePrice: 1000-2000SEK (70cl)
Cheiftains
Fidra Scottish Coastal Gin

Fidra Scottish Coastal Gin is a dry gin made by Inshriach Distillery, Scotland.
Bottled at 42% ABV and made in small batches.

Their story

Inspired by the stunning East Lothian coastline and landscape that surrounds us, we have worked together since 2017 to make our dream of Fidra Gin a reality.
Using a variety of hand-picked and home grown botanicals, including rosehip, sea buckthorn and lemon thyme we wanted to create a delicious, locally foraged dry gin.
The winter of 2017 was spent perfecting our recipe on a tiny 5-litre still – and Fidra Gin was officially launched in September 2018.

A proper review or cocktail tip is coming soon!

Brand: Fidra Availibility: RarePrice: £39 (70cl)
Fidragin.com
G-whisky stout cask review

Short review of the g-whisky stout cask finish 50,1% abv by skånska spritfabriken.
🌈 Color is dark like rusty copper, probably because of the stout cask but it has also been aged in olorosso casks which often give a darker color to the whisky.

Nose 👃
Woody, some sweet notes then some red dried fruits, chocolate by the stout finish and a little alcohol burn.

Palate 👄
You get some good spicyness right of the bat followed by some sweet caramel and a underlaying sherry influence.

Finish 🏁
The finish is quite short but the spicy notes lingers on the tongue a while.

After letting it sit for a while you get more of the sweeter notes and I would recommend it to open up for a while before sipping it.
Overall a good whisky that I could share with someone that wants more of a punch in the whisky that is not peaty.

G-whisky stout cask

G-whisky stout cask is a spirit from Skånska spritfabriken. It’t a non peated whisky with notes of caramel, toasted oak, chocolate and dried fruits.

All the raw materials to create this whisky is from Skåne in Sweden, it is distilled in France in a Alambic still then aged in Sweden for about 4 and a half years then bottled at Södra Sandby in Sweden.

The whisky is aged in a mix of casks: New french oaks, used Red wine casks, olorosso sherry casks and then finished in stout casks hence the name g-Whisky stout cask.

The whiksky is bottled at 50,1% ABV and only 977 bottles exists.

Brand: Skånska spritfabrikenAvailibility: RarePrice: 977 (70cl)
Systembolaget.se
Mini-review: G-gin kaffe with tonic

G-gin kaffe a gin with taste of coffee.

I tasted this spirit first pure without any mixing. I get a clear notes of the juniper but also citrus and a weak hint of coffee at the end.

I mixed this with ekobryggeriets tonic with a taste of spruce shoots and it gave it a new dimension with a nose of Swedish forest combined with juniper and the orange slice 🍊🙏

A great gin for a GT!

The g-Gin Kaffe
The g-Gin Kaffe from Skånska spritfabriken

Svenska:
Skånska Spritfabriken har nyligen lanserat en ny G-gin denna gången i sammarbete med Sanby kafferosteri. Det är deras g-Gin London dry som de tillsatt rostad kaffeböna, svartpeppar och kardemumma för att få fram den speciella g-Gin kaffe.

Det är en begränsad utgåva och det finns totalt 1050 flaskor, alkoholhalten ligger på 41.5%
En review på denna gin kommer inom snar framtid.

English:
A newly released g-Gin from Skånska Spritfabriken is a collaboration with Sandby kafferosteri. They have added roasted coffee bean, cardamom and black pepper to produce the special g-Gin Kaffe.

It’s a limited release and only 1050 bottles is produced. The abv on this gin is 41.5%.
A review of this new gin is coming shortly.

Brand: Skånska SpritfabrikenAvailibility: RarePrice: 443SEK (70cl)
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The Ron esclavo 12 sherry cask finish

Tip of the day


The Ron esclavo 12 sherry cask finish is fenomenal!
The sherry finish does a good job lifting up the rhum to a more complex and tastefull sip.

Ron Esclavo 12 Limited Edition Sherry Cask Finish is blended by som of the best Masterblenders in the World. Tropically aged in American Oak and brought to Europe for further maturation. Ron Esclavo 12 is a blend of rum up to the age of 12 years. The product has then been finished in Ex Sherry casks for 1 year – bottled for your enjoyment.

More info here

Brand: 1423.dk Ron esclavoAvailibility: RarePrice: 629SEK (70cl)
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High Coast 63 with Chocisky chocolate

Was pairing some really good Swedish whisky, High Coast 63 with some dark chocolate from Chocisky.
High Coast Distillery is located at 63 ° N, it is one of the world’s northernmost whiskey distilleries. Just where the 63rd latitude cuts through one of our warehouse #3, we have stored this smoky, unique bottling for 63 months.

The whisky is a 63% abv and has a ppm of 63.
And has matured in 63 liter casks 63 decimeter above ground.

Because of the high proof the chocolate from chocisky takes away the burns and adds a more round taste with some sweetness combined with the well balanced smoky finish.
The whisky is fenomenal and I recommend all of you to try it!

About the chocolate Chocisky have matched our Highland Whisky Chocolate produced from beans originating from São Tomé containing 70% Cocoa content, intense red fruits and liquorice notes. Guaranteed to expose layer upon layer of exciting flavours to your Highland Whisky Chocolate pairing experience.
You can read more about this particular chocolate here

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Douglas Laing Big Peat 33

Big Peat’s oldest ever bottling!
A 33 Years Old Cognac & Sherry Finished of just 1,500 bottles. Created to showcase the more mature side of Big Peat, this latest Limited Edition carries spirit distilled on Islay in 1985.

The blended malt has been bottled at 47.2% ABV without colouring or chill-filtration.
The packaging has been designed to demonstrate the “more mature side of Big Peat”, and includes a textured gift tin with gloss varnish and foil detailing.

Fred Laing, creator of Big Peat and Douglas Laing chairman, said: “Having briefly experimented with the first ever Sherry finish for our big Islay pal back in 2017 (for the Fèis Ìle festival bottling) we received some phenomenal feedback and requests, nay, demands, for further such innovation.

Brand: Douglas Laing Remarkable malts Big PeatAvailibility: RarePrice: 324USD (70cl)
Hernö old tom gin

Tip of the day!
Hernö Old Tom Gin is made from the same distilled gin as Hernö Gin, but with an extra amount of Meadowsweet added in the distillation and after diluting it down to 43% we add a touch of sugar. The sweetening lifts the floral notes, releases an array of juniper and makes the gin even smoother.

TASTING NOTES
NOSE: Hernö Old Tom Gin is full-bodied with woody spice. Followed by bright, juicy, juniper and floral notes.
PALATE: Super-smooth texture with a light sweetness and botanical notes. An array of juniper, green and crispy, followed by notes of pine flowers.
FINISH: A floral sweetness combined with woody spice and long-lasting juniper characterizes Hernö Old Tom Gin.

Herno gins

Brand: HernöAvailibility: CommonPrice: 344SEK (50cl)
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Elijah craig small batch

I got my hand on this one recenty, ive been seeking to buy something from Elijah Craig for about two years now. I first discovered the brand via The whiskey Vault on Youtube.
Here in Sweden there are often a limited amount and variation on American whiskies so its quite hard to get, I also haven’t found it on any taxfree in Europe either.

Yesterday I tasted it and fell in love, my expectations. It’s a really good bourbon. Some time in the future I would like to get a hold of the Elijah Craig barrel proof because that one should be better compared to this one.

Here are some short info about the small batch:
Elijah Craig small batch is the replacement for the hugely popular Elijah Craig 12 Year Old. This small batch bottling (200 barrels per batch) is comprised of selected whiskeys 8-12 years of age. This no-age statement product was introduced in early 2016 to replace the 12-year age statement (a barrel illustration on the original label took place of the number 12). Later in the year, Heaven Hill redesigned its packaging again, with the year “1789” now embossed on the glass. It remains bottled at 94 proof.. Notes of nuts, vanilla, coconut, dark fruit and caramel.

Brand: Elijah Craig Small batchAvailibility: RarePrice: 569SEK (70cl)
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Game of thrones whisky, some of them…

GOT whiskies are a limited release that got avaliable right before the start of season 8.
There are a total of 8 whiskies and each one represent a house in the series.

I got the opportunity to try four of them, Oban Bay reserve(The night’s watch), Cardhu gold reserve(The house of Targaryen), Royal Lochnagar(The house of Baratheon) and Dalwhinnie Winters frost(The house of Stark).

First thoughts of them is that the finish dissapears quite quickly on all of them. The one with highest finish score was Oban bay reserve. Of those I’ve tried there is only one whisky with a age statement and that is Royal Lochnagar 12 years old.
All of them are not too complex and quite smooth with a lack of punch or suprise, I have not tried any of the other whisky brands except Oban so I dont have much experience of the others except this GOT edition.
Here are the scores of alla the four:
Oban Bay reserve(The night’s watch):                     81/100
Cardhu gold reserve(The house of Targaryen):    66/100
Royal Lochnagar(The house of Baratheon):          82/100
Dalwhinnie Winters frost(The house of Stark):   75/100

Royal Lochnagar had the highest score on the nose and palate while Oban Bay reserve had a better BBF(Body balance ,feel) and finish.
I know there are still some places to get some of the whiskies like the Lagavulin 9 or Talisker select reserve but the second market is also popular now but a bit pricy.
I will try to get to tase the others that is not here in the picture but I’m not too sure i will buy any of the others based on these four i think the limited edition relase is quite weak and mostly a PR thing to earn some more money.

Kilchoman lineup

A couple of weeks ago we tried four different Kilchoman bottles head to head, Saniag, Saligo bay, Machir bay and Small batch release 2011.

Kilchoman Sanaig, named after an inlet on Islay’s rugged Atlantic cost, is a vatting of Kilchoman matured in both sherry and bourbon barrels. This sherry cask scotch whisky is matured in a high proportion of oloroso barrels, imparting a balance of dried fruits, dark chocolate and rich peat smoke into the spirit.
Kilchoman Saligo Bay originally released for travel retail, Saligo Bay is named after an area close to Kilchoman distillery. This five-year-old whisky has been aged in ex-bourbon casks, and offers notes of butterscotch, toffee, citrus and smoke.
Machir Bay, our signature peated single malt, is a vatting of Kilchoman matured in both bourbon and sherry casks. Named after Islay’s most spectacular beach, the high proportion of bourbon barrels create a distinct balance of classic Islay character and fresh floral complexity.
Kilchoman Small batch release 2011. We bottle a limited number of Single Casks every year. A variety of ages and cask types are available, each selected for specific markets around the world. Released throughout the year, our single cask range are some of the very best casks in our warehouses. These single casks are bottled at their natural cask strength and individually labelled detailing each cask’s unique character.

For us the Saniag was the most heavily peated the nose was very smokey and the taste was a spicy peat with tobacco. The finish on the Saniag was long and pleasant.
The Small batch release was much sweeter and had hints of raspberry also got the lowest smokiness of all four. The taste was a bit more spicy than the others thanks to the higher ABV and this was the favourite among the four.
Saligo bay was not that exiting and didn’t stand out in anyway. Machir bay was our least favourite the plus was it smoke character.

All the bottles belongs to my friend Robert and I will in the future definitely buy a Kilchoman Small batch or the Saniag to my collection.

Cheers!

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The Raspberry cocktail

This time I want to tip you about a cocktail recipe.
A good sour colorful drink that will make you want one more!
The dink has hints of vanlilla combined with some orange and a sour after taste of raspberry.
If you cant get a hold of the Smirnoff then you can use 1.5cl of Triple Sec liqueur and then you need to adjust the vanilla vodka to 2.5cl
because of the lower abv in the liqueur.

Ingredients:
2cl Sourz Raspberry
1.5cl Absolut vanilla vodka
1.5cl Smirnoff orange twist
Sprite soda

How to:
Add  1/3 of ice to a tall glass, measure up all the licor and pour it on the ice.
Top it with some Sprite soda and give it at stir.
Decorate with some grape and lime zest.

 

Lagavulin Distillers Edition 2018

Lagavulin Distillers Edition 2018

Distilled in 2002, bottled in 2018. This means it is 16 years old and this was an opportunity to set  the Lagaulin Distillers edition head to head against the Lagavulin 16yo.
Every year Lagavulin releases a distillers edition whisky and this one is bottled at 43% ABV. It’s an Islay whisky that is known for being heavily peated.

The nose on Distillers edition is of Oak, caramel, resin, pleasant smoky aroma, anise/ licorice, the BBQ, orange, apricot. Compared to the Lagavulin 16 that has more smoke and not so much of the sweet flavours as the Distillers edition.

The tasting notes on the Distillers edition has a good smoke with a long finish and you get hints of the licorice that i found on the nosing.
The Lagavulin 16 has a more prickly and have a smoother taste with distinct wood notes.

Even if they are both smoky, from the same distillery and has the same age statement they are two very different whisky’s.

Ratings of the Lagavulin Distillers edition 2018:  7/10
Ratings of the Lagavulin 16: 7.5/10

Both are two good whisky’s but I still prefer the original Lagavulin 16yo.

Brand: LagavulinAvailibility: RarePrice: 869SEK (70cl)
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Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 YO

A new Ardbeg whisky is going to be released 2019-09-19 at systembolaget(ArticleNr: 40577) here in sweden. It will be listed for 1799:- and
is going to be included in the core family with the others like An oa, Uigeadail , corryvreckan…
Traigh Bhan is pronounced ‘Tri-Van’ and the plan is to make up a batch of Traigh Bhan each year which will be available in limited quantities.

This will be alot more expensive compared to the others but a review on this one in the future will determine if its worth its price.

Brand: ArdbegAvailibility: CommonPrice: 1799 (70cl)
Talisker Dark Storm VS Talisker Storm

Last weekend me and my friend Robert tried and compared Talisker dark storm and Talisker Storm.
At first you think that they should be quite alike but that is not the case.

The nose on Talisker storm:

  • Seaspray
  • Salty
  • Soft toffie
  • Smoke

The nose on Talisker dark storm:

  • Dull
  • Pungent
  • Plum

Tase of Talisker storm:

  • A good punch of smoke
  • Salty
  • Smooth

Taste of Talisker Dark storm:

  • Spicy
  • Long finish
  • More of a powerfull sharp taste

Summary of this is that its two completely different drams and the winner of these two is the original Talisker storm.
It’s has a better smoke and is more pleasant on the nose, the taste is more complex and i like the saltyness.

Whitley Neill Gin

Gin is quite new to me, I’ve tried the standards like Bombay Sapphire and Hendrick’s gin and that is about it.
I wanted to explore and see if there was other flavours to explore and i found this Whitley Neill gin on systembolaget.

I made an special order of it because it was not in store stock as standard but was availiable to order.
I was blown away with the new experience of flavoured gin. This one is rhubarb and ginger gin and i tried it with the tonic that has rhubarb flavour.
Later on I went to a popular gin bar to try some other flavours and tried the Quince Gin flavoured one which i liked too.

I will definitely try the other Whitley Neill flavours and there are a bunch:

  • Aloe and cucumber
  • Blackberry
  • Blood orange
  • Lemongrass and ginger
  • Parma violet
  • Pink grapefruit
  • Prote and hibiscus
  • Quince
  • Raspberry
  • Rhubarb and ginger
  • The Original

I can highly recommend you trying flavoured gin like the one i tried.

Brand: Whitley NiellAvailibility: CommonPrice: 347SEK (70cl)
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Ron Esclavo XO Laphroaig Cask

Ron Esclavo Xo Cask has been a favourite since about 2 years back. Every year they releases a new special edition for the Swedish market.
Last year it was “Cognac cask finish” and this years experiment was finished in Laphroaig whisky casks.

Ron Esclavo brand is owned by the Danish company 1423 World Class Spirits and they have a big variety of different spirits (1423.dk).
The producer of the rum is Oliver & Oliver in the Dominican Republic.

The bottle nr I have is 258 of 381 and it’s only one batch of this special edition.
According to 1423 them self there will be another or several releases of special editions this year, what flavours or cask types that will be influenced is still unknown.
I have tried all three of the current available variants and the Cognac edition is more sweet than the original and the Laphroaig have more of a punch to it.
Looking forward to see what is to come and a proper review of all three will come in the future.

On my instagram feed you find more whisky/rum/gin posts.

Brand: Ron Esclavo - 1423.dkAvailibility: RarePrice: 975SEK (50cl)
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Laphroaig four oak

A firend of mine had this Laphroaig four oak and it was a good time to try some Lapgroaig that i havent tasted before, a chilled not too hot summer evening with some friends and we are waiting for the charcoal to get a good glow. Like the other Laphroaig whisky’s its peaty, matured in ex-bourbon barrels, small quarter casks, virgin American oak barrels and European oak hogsheads. The whisky has no age statement.

It has a distinct nose of peat, seaweed, oak, vanilla and roasted coffee beans. Its primary released for the retail marketand a review of this is coming in the future.
Its a good dram to the BBQ moments to enjoy. So far i haven’t tried too many Laphroaig whisky’s but the 10 is still a favourite among those i tried.

Brand: LaphroaigAvailibility: CommonPrice: 435SEK (100cl)
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Ardbeg Drum limited release

The first post on this blog will be the Ardbeg drum. It was released during the Islay festival recently and it is going for that carnival feel and tasting notes. Also the packaging is going for the exotic vibe.

It has been resting in ex-bourbon casks and is finished in american ex-rum casks to give it that pineapple and ripe banana flavours along with some classic Ardbeg peat.

Funny story to this bottle is that here in Sweden it’s only the systembolaget that is allowed to import liquor to Sweden and it is also the only place you can buy liquor and take home with you. So when this bottle was announced to be released the 5th of July my friend queued before the opening the store. To my surprise he called in panic and told me there where 30 persons queued like him.
Some took several bottles and the stock on that store was only 24 pieces so every one was “fighting” to get a bottle.

We was lucky to get one bottle each and I’m looking forward to try it and give a review here on the blog in the future.

Brand: ArdbegAvailibility: RarePrice: 1099SEK (70cl)
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