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.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low, based on $148 CAD.