thewhiskyof.today
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)
Systembolaget.se
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)
Systembolaget.se
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

Systembolaget.se
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)
Systembolaget.se
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)
Systembolaget.se
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!

Systembolaget.se
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)
Systembolaget.se
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)
Whitleyneill.com
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)
Systembolaget.se
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)
Bordershop
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)
Systembolaget.se