Swedish Whisky

Review: High Coast (BOX) Second Step Collection 02 Swedish Single Malt Whisky by Jason Hambrey

ABV
51.2%
Aging
Ex-bourbon and ex-oloroso
Recipe
100% Barley
Distiller High Coast (Adalen, Sweden)

A special, cask strength release from BOX. For more info, their website is packed-full of information.

This whisky is a vatting of:

  • 8.2% unpeated single malt, aged 5.2 years in a first fill bourbon cask
  • 31.3% unpeated single malt, matured 4.7 years in first fill oloroso sherry cask
  • 12% unpeated single malt;  matured 4.9 years in first fill oloros sherry cask
  • 8.5% peated single malt; matured 4.7 years in oloroso sherry cask

Review (2018)

  • Batch: 02
  • Bottling Code: N/A
  • Bottling Date: 2016

Lots of dried fruit – has a slight sulphur edge. Wine gums, oak, toffee, apple, vanilla – with still a light oily youth. Raisins, prunes, and a nice set of spices – tannic, clove, and nutmeg. It’s heavily sherry influenced – I really like it. Quite complex – and there is a really nice integrated peated component – impressive with all of the sheryr involved. Lots of nice earthiness and dried fruit too. The palate is quite nice – balanced, fruity, with spice and lots of dried fruit and a slight touch of sulphur and smoke too. Rancio, dried peaches, dried orange, and tannins. Nice finish that is a bit bready and woody, and with a touch of burnt-like bitterness. Spicy, rich, smoky on the finish.

The sherry works pretty well with their distillate, and this displays it very well. Rich, and much deeper than Dalwe.

Score:  87/100

Value: 31/100 (based on $148)


Review: High Coast (BOX) Dalwe Swedish Single Malt Whisky by Jason Hambrey

ABV
46%
Aging
First Fill Bourbon Barrels
Recipe
100% Barley
Distiller High Coast (Adalen, Sweden)

BOX (now named High Coast distillery) is an emerging Swedish single malt. They are extremely generous with information - probably the most information on a bottling of their spirit I have ever seen from any whisky brand. Even the yeasts used are listed! The whisky is made from 63.5% is 5.24 year old first fill bourbon cask (200 L), 24.1% is 5.23 year peated whisky from 200 L first fill bourbon cask, and  12.4% is 5.1 year old  135 first fill bourbon cask.


Review (2018)

  • Batch: 01
  • Bottling Code: N/A
  • Bottling Date: 2016

Really interesting peat. Peat fires, green apple skins, rye porridge, whole wheat noodles, licorice, and confectioners sugar. Very interesting. It’s quite nice, but not too deep. The palate comes out a bit more with lots of spice, rich and organic earth, and burning pine. Slightly confectionary, still. Pine needles too. The finish is spicy and slightly tannic. It’s nice, and a pleasant micro-distilled peated whisky – often I find they aren’t as appealing as this one. I like the rich, porridge-like character. A bit of smoked tobacco on the end.

Score: 84/100

Value:  37/100 (based on $122)

 


Review: Mackmyra Svensk Ek Swedish Single Malt Whisky by Jason Hambrey

ABV
46.1%
Aging
Swedish Oak and Bourbon Barrels
Recipe
100% Swedish Malted Barley
Distiller Mackmyra (Gävle, Sweden)

This whisky was partially matured (about 10%) in Swedish oak barrels sourced from southern Sweden, which were dried for at least a year and heavily toasted. Mackmyra, the prominent Swedish distillery founded in 1999, matures quite a large portion of their whisky in Swedish oak. They have a number of different maturation warehouses - one on the coast blasted into rock, one on an island, and one in a forest.


Review (2017)

  • Batch: N/A
  • Bottling Code: N/A
  • Bottling Date: ~2015

Very fruity and light in character, with a brilliant presentation of barley. Banana, raspberries, raspberry leaves, light earthiness, apple, celery seed, dried ginger, peach, and light clove and green cardamom. The palate continues with the fruit notes, but the focus shifts to the barley here as there are brilliant cereal and porridge notes, alongside a touch of arugula at the end. Peach remains as well, reminding me somewhat of peaches and cream oatmeal. And some notable roasted black pepper. I’ve had some other Mackmyras which felt like they were not quite mature enough – but this does not fit in that category. Light tannins on the finish, with a bit of woody spice, and peach.

Score: 86/100

Value: 72/100 (based on $60)