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Stauning Bastard

I like when the distilleries like to experiment and explore other options and techniques on whisky.
The Danish distillery Stauning has released some whiskys just like that called the research series.
With this Stauning Bastard they wanted to incorporate some influences from Mexico.
It’s a double distilled rye whisky aged three years in new, toasted virgin American oak casks then
it has been rounded off with 6-months ageing in old mezcal casks from Mexican Oro de Oaxaca.
Its bottled at 46.3% and is availiable in 70cl bottles

The distillery describes it as:

An illegal love affair with a gentle and exotic aftertaste.

This type of cask is new to me and I believe it’s good try new thing because with more experience you get better on
picking out notes and get a better understanding of the whisky world.

Murre Dry gin

This gin is handcrafted in Cologne the Bonn region in Germany.
Its a classic dry gin that has a twist in their botanicals, they are using carrots in it.
Besides juniper they also use Blood Orange zest, peppermint and cinnamon and its a total mix of 7 botanicals.

Murre gin is bottled at 44% abv and comes in a few different sizes, 0.5l, 0.2l, 5cl.
The carrots used in this gin comes from Rhineland which means west part of Germany.

Notes from the producer:
The nose is juniper, on the palate it is also clearly juniper, immediately followed by fresh orange and peppermint notes .
Then pleasant sweetness spreads and a subtle sharpness can be felt.
The finish is long, maintaining the freshness and sweetness and now the carrot comes out in terms of taste.

Wolfburn Morven

Wolfburn the northernmost distillery in Scotland (on the mainland).
This lightly peated whisky is made from malted barley infused with smoke during the drying process.
The flavour imparted by the smoke is a reflection of Wolfburn’s history –
the original 19th Century distillery was largely fired by peat. Gentle distillation is followed
by maturation in our purpose-built warehouses.
The result is a beautifully smooth and rounded whisky.

Distillery notes:
On the nose, initially smoky with hints of fruit and fresh sea air, accompanied by vanilla and oak woodshavings.

on the palate, floral notes abound, followed by raisins and light spices. Malty flavours open up on the palate, with soft honey sweetness at the finish.

It’s bottled at 46% ABV and im looking forward to this one because I’m a peated whisky fan.

Flóki Single Malt Sheep Dung Smoked

Flóki Single Malt whisky is distilled by Eimverk Distillery in Garoabaer, Iceland.
Its’ located south west on the island right below Reykjavik and close to the water.
Eimverk is a family operated distillery founded in 2009 with the mission to make premium
Icelandic liquors strictly from local ingredients.
They produce three spirits: Flóki, their single malt whisky; Vor,
their pot distilled gin; and Víti, thier signature version of Icelandic Brennivín.
The distillery was founded in 2009 so a quite you distillery I would say.

Their single malt Sheep Dung Smoked reserve is handcrafted with 100% Icelandic barley
and smoked using traditional Icelandic methods. It’s aged for 3 years in ex-Flóki Young Malt Casks.
Bottled at47% ABV and no chill-filtration or coloring is added. My bottle is nr #252 from barrelnr #10
and its bottled 2020

Teeling Blackpitts peated single malt whiskey

Statement from Teeling

Inspired by the old ancient Blackpitts area just behind the new Teeling Whiskey Distillery based in
Newmarket in the old Liberties area of Dublin City, this area was synonymous with many industries
and in particular malting houses.
Blackpitts was traditionally home to some of the largest barley malting houses in Ireland.
By using smoke from peat to dry the barley during the malting process, the resulting peated malt
produces a distinctive smoky taste profile which is the signature of a Peated Single Malt.

Teeling Blackpitts is the first peated single malt to have been distilled in Dublin and is the first peated whiskey by Teeling.
It is triple distilled from malted barley and dried over peat fires.  The triple distillation reduces some of the medicinal character
you would get from a traditional Scottish Peated Single Malt and allows the more barbeque smoke characteristic to shine.
Matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sauternes French wine casks.
Bottled at 46% with no chill filtration to produce a truly different and unique expression of Teeling and Irish Whiskey.

Gulliver’s 47 STR cask the Cotswolds edition

I’m pretty exited about this one, it’s Samuel Gulliver & Co third and latest release.
This one its in collaboration with the Cotswolds distillery and the whisky
has been aged in shaved, toasted, re-charred casks (STR) for 5 years.
The whisky is unpeated and the casks used are ex-red wine and American oak casks.

Statement from Gulliver’s

Stuart Gulliver, a 9th generation descendent of the original founder, says
‘we’ve really gone back to our roots through this collaboration with The Cotswolds Distillery,
which is just down the road from where Samuel Gulliver started his business in Banbury in 1747.
The influence of fresh and used oak from the STR cask combines to
produce a stunning whisky of rich fruits with toasty and warming spicy notes’.

No.1 super premium dry gin

About NO.1

In the year of 2004 came the idea of creating a affordable quality brand that could be used for all kinds of wine and spirits. 
The name No.1, for everyone, came to mind and so the process of creating the brand and getting it registered began. 
In 2010 the first products were launched. Vodka, Gin Rum and 3 flavored vodkas. 
Since the start up the portfolio has increased and today No.1 has more than 30 products in various sizes and packaging including also wine. 

In the picture you see a high quality gin made from No1 Stockholm,  the finest wheat harvested in Sweden and the purest Swedish water.
The gin has been distilled five times and has an exquisite taste of juniper bottled at 37.5% abv.
It has an exciting blue color and you can enjoy it ”on the rocks” as well as in the classic drinks GT and Dry Martini.
They have several gin expressions in their range and if you want a flavoured one than the classic I recommend their elderflower / citrus expression.

Klumpp dry Gin

The Kluimpp dry gin is a handcrafted gin from beautiful Klumpp distillery located in Bruchsal, Germany.
Their core production does wine and they own large wine fields in the area. One of their destilates besides wine is
Gin and it is a classic dry gin bottled at 44% abv.

It’s tripple distilled and aged for 120 days in a sainless steel tank. Some of their ingredients composing this gin are
Thyme, Carrots, Chamomile, Honorary Award, Oregano, Fenchel, Angelica Root, Juniper Berries. It is quite unique
to the distillery to use carrots in theri botanical mix.
As the distillery itself their products are minimalistic, modern and stands out among the other brands I’ve seen in those
categories.

Wolfburn Aurora

Wolfburn Aurora has matured in a combination of casks – 40% of this whisky was aged in second-fill quarter casks,
40% in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels and 20% in first-fill Oloroso Sherry hogsheads.

I totally love the bottle design and chosen colors on this one. The liquid is golden with a black
and white label and details in rose gold /copper. This expression is bottled at 46% abv and was released late 2016.

Some notes from the distillery:
Nose
Sherry sweetness is followed by aromas of freshly cut grass
and autumn fruits, with just a hint of coffee and dark chocolate.

Palate
Floral tones come to the fore, with overtones of spice and vanilla.
Fruity sweetness coats the palate, with fruit and nut flavours leading to a warm, soft finish.

More info here.

Wolfburn Langskip

Wolfburn langskip is as cask strength release from Wolfburn distillery bottled at 58% ABV.

The name Langskip is taken from the Norse word for longship –
the Viking raiding ships that once dominated the Caithness coastline.
Sleek, smooth, purposeful and strong, the legacy of these ships surrounds the
Wolfburn distillery – in addition to settlements and burial sites,
Wolfburn’s home town of Thurso is said to be named after the Norse God of thunder Thor.

Its matured in firstfill bourbon casks and is their strongest expression so far. It has taken medals in
spirits competitions, Double Gold Medal winner, Singapore world spirits competition 2019.
But also Double Gold Medal winner, FiftyBest 2018.

Some tasting notes from the distillery.

Nose
Aromas of fruit blossom meld with dried apples and light oak.
In the background you’ll find traces of raisins and dates mixed with rich fruit cake.

Palate
Flavours burst onto the palate, rich and sweet, including maple syrup,
dark chocolate, almonds and raisins. The finish lingers nicely –
hints of vanilla gently fade away with a warming trace of caramel at the end.