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Kyrl 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.

Pyynikin Payday Craft gin

Payday craft gin is bottled at a higher abv, 48%  and won gold medal at Meininger’s international spirits  competition 2019
and also silver medal 2020. The gin is produced using botanicals such as Juniper berries, Coriander seeds, Fennel seeds,
Liquorice root, Angelica root, Black pepper, Lemon zest, Cinnamon, Ginger.

From the distiller:

Crafting from the forests of Finland, our distilling division continues in the footsteps that date back to
1932 and the end of prohibition. Our secretive bootleggers have stepped out of the shadowy woods and
developed into the modern day distillers, showing the world why Finns are the happiest people.
The heart of the process derives from the deepest forest and shores of thousand lakes.
We combine our passion with the finest ingredients and purest water of Finland.

Pyynikin Recycled Citrus Gin

Pyynikin does a lot of different beers and has three breweries, two of them is in Finland and one is located in Haljala, northeastern Estonia.
Besides a lot of beer they also have some handcrafted spirits like Gin and Vodka.
Their micro brewery located in the banks of the Tammerkoski in the best location of the center of Tampere does experiments and small batches
sold directly to resturants.

Pyynikin Recycled Citrus Gin is a crafted collaboration with Tiima Cocktail Bar in Tampere.
They have reused Tiima’s lemons and limes that have been pressed into juice and would otherwise be biowaste.
Recycled Citrus Gin was decided to be made as well from the already used spices in Pyynikin Payday Craft Gin.
The result is a new product that is fresh and strongly citric flavoured gin made from 100% biowaste.

It is produced in 0.5L bottles at 40%abv.

Mosgaard Port wine cask Batch #2

Another expression from the lovely distillery in Denmark: Mosgaard!
I have previously loved their whiskies and craftmanship and I think this one will be a really
good one, i love wine cask whiskies and port even more.

Its made out of Danish organic malt and brewed according to their own
methods which are optimized to produce sweetness, softness and fruit notes.
It’s bottled at 48,3%ABV in 50cl bottled. The barrels used is a mix of Ruby casks and Tawny casks of only 50L.

1836 Organic gin

I’ve tried their oak aged gin from 1836 which is distilled by Radermacher in belgium.
This particular bottling is their standard gin with a alcohol percentage of 43%.
Usually I do Gin and tonic but I might try Radermacher cocktails that they have on their site.

In this gin they use organic grain for the distillatation and there are 11 different botanicals used to create the gin,
juniper berries, elderflower, bergamot, orange and lemon peel, coriander, angelica root,
orange peel, cardamom, lavender and cinnamon.

Some tasting notes from the distillery:
Its fresh and fl oral bouquet owes its subtlety
and complexity to a secret blend of
spices and herbs.

Delicate, sweet and light attack moving
towards a hot and spicy fi nish.  There’s a
predomination of delicacy and fi neness in this
smooth and gentle concentration.

Raerener Töpfergeist

The ancestor of gin is genever, also called “pékèt” when it is produced in Wallonia.
“Raerener Töpfergeist” is translated to “The spirit of the potter of Raeren”. It is produced by macerating and distilling juniper berries (juniperus communis) in organic wheat alcohol.
Macerating is a way to soften the ingredients by soaking it in a the distilled alcohol, it could be raw, dried or preserved fruit or vegetables.
The name Raerener Töpfergeist refers to the history of the pottery centre of Raeren,
the most important and most famous one north of the Alpes between the 14th and 16th century.
It is the oldest product from the Radermacher distillery, its origin dates back to 1836 !
It comes in a fancy pot/clay/stone bottle and feels like a quality product. Its bottled at 38% ABV.

Notes from the Distillery
Smooth, subtle and fresh juniper bouquet.
Pure, fresh and long lasting taste. Perfect harmony between malt and juniper berries with a
clear predomination of the juniper.

HILLBILLY Friesen-Whiskey

Hillbilly Friesen whiskey is a US Straight Bourbon Whiskey
“Friesen-Whiskey” is produced in the United States of America by experienced master distillers from at least 51% corn.
After it has matured in oak barrels, it is transported by ship by capable seafarers across the thundering waves of the Atlantic and landed in the East Frisian seaport town of Leer.
It then gets bottled in Germany at 40% abv. The aromas is typical bourbon whith a lot of vanilla and sweetness from the corn.

They use quite unusual bottled tall and slim with a screwcap instead of cork. I’m excited that this whiskey reached Sweden all the way from Germany
and I will do a some notes on my instagram when i try this one in the future.

Stauning Smoke

Stauning distillery is a Danish distillery and has been on this blog before because of their good tasting whiksy. They recently did a new bottle design that is pretty unique and artistic.

This is their Smoke expression bottled at 47% ABV, it is a single malt whisky using only local ingredient malted on open floors. The malt is smoked over peat and heather found in the landscape surrounding Stauning.

Stauning does double distillation in small flame-heated pot still and this whisky is then aged in first fill wine and spirits casks.

Drebbel Gin

Drebbel Gin is a Dutch gin with a interesting history, the founder Cornelis Drebbel was the creator of the first submarine ever year 1620.
Drebbel gin is a small batch london dry gin they sources its water from a virtually untouched
natural local reservoir also located at 100 meter deep wells and are considered the purist water in Holland.

The gin is bottled at 40 % abv and uses botanicals such as juniper, angelica root, orris root, coriander seeds, vanilla, liqourice, lemon peel and ginger.

Bowsaw American whiskey

Bowsaw small batch extra American whiskey is from the Kentucky area and is produced of “Straight Corn”
which means a mash bill comprising of 91% Corn, 5% Barley and 4% Rye.
The name is a nod to whiskey traditions, named after the cooper’s saw used to cut the heads of whiskey barrels.
This buttery whiskey is a winner when paired with ginger ale and a lime slice.

It’s aged in American oak barrels for 4 years
and is then bottled at 43% abv. The whisky is distributed by Kirker Greer.
Bowsaw distillery is family owned by a 3rd generation master distiller and they have been producing whiskey for over 80 years.