jim.torarp – thewhiskyof.today

Kirker & Gerer Shamrock Irish Whiskey

A triple distilled blended whiskey from Belfast’s Kirker & Greer, a marriage of both grain and malt whiskies that have been rested in first-fill bourbon casks.
Shamrock has aromas of toffee apples, buttery croissants, brown sugar, marmalade and white flowers.
The palate offers notes of caramel milk chocolate, honeyed apples, white peppers and creamy vanilla.

The blend consists of whiskey from four different regions  Leinster, Ulkster, munster, connacht,
Its a mix of first fill bourbon barrels and oloroso barrel (5,8%) there is also 2.8 % peated malt in this blend.

Helsing Dry Gin

Helsing dry gin is a small batch produced gin made in Helsingborg, Sweden.
It’s a Juniper focused gin with some extra push on the coriander and citrus notes in the final product.
The distillery Lilla Spritfabriken produces other stuff too like akvavit and punch.

The Helsing dry gin first launched on systembolaget in sweden 3 may and has been sold out because of it popularity.
Their batches are really small with only 300 bottle a time and is done manually by hand. After the destillation the spirit is
80% abv and then watered down to 43% ABV.

Beautiful label and very interesting to try more from micro distilleries like this one!

Berlin dry gin

About the distillery Berliner Brandstifter:

Berliner Brandstifter is committed to the development and production of exceptionally fine distillates which truly embody the spirit of Berlin.
A native Berliner, Vincent Honrodt is carrying forth his family’s legacy in the spirits industry, rooted in the early 1900s.
It was at this time that his great grandfather began distilling spirits for friends and family using only regional ingredients of the highest quality.
A German wheat distillate categorized as quality class 1 provides the alcohol base for both the Berliner Brandstifter Kornbrand and the Berlin Dry Gin.

The berlin dry gin comes in 3 different bottle sizes, 10cl, 35cl and 70cl. The botanicals included in the gin
are cultivated and handpicked on the Berliner Speisegut farm in Gatow.
Their gin production is limited to 9’999 bottles annualy. It’s said to be focused towards
the juniper characteristics but also soft and floral. I’m exited to try some german gin again
and it usually does not dissapoint

Grand Kadoo rum 3 years old

A blend of pot and column still rums tropically aged for a minimum of 3 years in American oak ex-whiskey barrels.
The ‘tropical’ Bajan climate, maximises and accelerates the effects of maturation.

The result:
an aroma of creme brûlée, dried apricot, ripe banana and sweet grass with the taste of brown sugar, banana, coconut, praline and mint with a hazelnut, lemon and vanilla finish.

Perfect drink to this rum according to me is a Dark and stormy, you will need:
10cl Kadoo rum
20cl Ginger beer
6cl fresh squeezed lime juice.

Serve in a tall glass with large icecubes and decorate with a lime wedge.

Sønderborg Gin

Sønderborg Distillery is placed in the central part of Sønderborg city with the view to Island of Als and Alssund.
With a passion for gin we started our own distillery February 2018 as the first distillery in the Southern part of Jutland.
It all starts back in 2015, when Carsten and Morten visit different distilleries while traveling abroad.
2 years and several visits later, Mads gets involved, and the 3 colleagues agree to start a distillery

They do 100% organic production using 40 liter distills with everything done by hand. Currently they
produce 4 differen gin the Als gin, Dybbøl Gin, Sønderborg Gin and Genforeningsgin the last one is a limited edition release.
The gin in the picture above is their Sønderborg Gin and this one goes toward the most classic flavors of a gin
using botanicals such as coriander, cardamom, lemon, angelica and cinnamon. Bottled at 44% AVB.

I love to get to try smaller production gins like this one and let them shine for the amazing craftmanship they do.
Also they have one several prices on each of their gins so this is something special!

Knut Hansen dry gin

Knut hansen dry gin has special bottle art and packaging compared to other gin I’ve stumbled upon.
The majority of their botanicals come from their in region Germany. Many botanicalscomes from the fine northern Germany.
For example, the apples come from the Altes Land south of the Elbe, the basil and cucumbers are taken from the family’s own greenhouse and the rose blossoms come from the Baltic Sea dike.
They value great importance to high-quality raw materials without flavor enhancers, colorings or preservatives.
As I said before they uses Ceramic bottles which is an enviromental friendly material and the bottle is completely recyvcable.

The Dry gin is handcrafted in Haburg and has balanced nuances of cucumber, basil and citrus fruits, accompanied by juniper and fresh apples.
It is bottled at 42% ABV and comes in different sizes.


Glencadam 15yo 46%

Glencadam is a small distillery compared with other scottish distilleries,
it’s located in the east of the highland region that is owned by Angus Dundee distiller since 2003.
Glencadam distilled their first spirit 1825 and was founded by George Cooper. Because of production stop somewhere between 2000-2003
Their 15yo dissapeared from the marked for a while but is back in their core range. What i like about them is that they have many age stated
whiskies in their core range which is not that usual now days.

Glencadam 15yo is a highland single malt aged in aged in oak barrels for 15 years. There is no chill filtration and no coloring added and its bottled
at 46% abv to give you some more strength and lift the flavours which I prefer!

Tomintoul 10

As the bottle says this is also anothe gentle dram from Tomintoul, aged for 10 years in
ex bourbon casks. The abv on this one is 40% and was first introduced to their range back in 2002.
This bottle is available in both 70cl and 100cl depending on market. The dram has won several priced since launch and been
in the game for a while now.

After searching for several years for the purest natural water in Scotland, they discovered the Ballantruan Spring.
For millions of years, this water has flowed through the mountain near Tomintoul, the highest village in the highlands.
In the heart of the Speyside Glenlivet region, Tomintoul’s distillery was built to capture this unique resource.

Teeling 18 Year Old – The Renaissance Series 3

Teeling the Renaissance was first released in 2019 to celebrate the real global renaissance of Teeling.
The first release was a 18yo whiskey matured in ex-bourbon casks then finished in Ex-Madeira casks for 18 months.
The second release in the series  was instead finished in ex-Australian Shiraz wine casks.

This is their third release and as the previous ones its 19 years old and finished in ex-Muscat wine casks.
Bottled at 46% with no chill filtration and only 9000 bottles produced.
It comes in a luxarious package and the bottle is wide and thin instead of the classic shape bottles which makes
it stand out from the other whiskies in the cabinet.

I have been really hooked on the Irish whiskey lately. Tried a lot different sample releases from them and because my love to peated whiskey,
I really appreciated their first take on peated irish whiskey, it’s a success!
Doing a review on this one soon on instagram

Notes from the distillery:
Candy pear drops, fresh apricot and mango with a touch of mint

Fresh citrus, stewed apples and a vanilla sweetness

Soft finish with refreshing fruit notes

In sweden its available here to buy

Kyrö malt rye whisky

Kyrö Malt is the first Finnish single batch rye whisky, made from 100% malted Finnish wholegrain rye.
It is double pot-distilled and aged in new American white oak casks.
They use only finnish rye that is very intense and spicy according to the distillery.

The distillery is quite new and started to make their first destillation in 2014, they are only doing 100% rye for their whisky.
Besides whisky they also produce a wide range of Gins that would be interesting to try in the future because I am a Gin lover as well.

Their malt rye whisky is bottled at 47,2% abv and is sold in 50cl bottles.
They are having the launch of this one in sweden on the 4th of may 2021 on systembolaget and the price will be 599SEK.