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

First Fill Bourbon Barrels
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.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value:  Low, based on $122.