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

Ex-bourbon and ex-oloroso
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)