ABV: 43 %
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Nose: This is sweet and slightly thin. At first there’s a vanilla and honey sweetness together with a ”Beery” malt and hops vibe. The distillate shines through very clearly. There are notes of charred oak and a very thin layer of assorted fruits sitting on top of everything. There’s also a hint of menthol hovering above everything. This is a nice nose but there’s no transitions or shifts which make it feel a bit uneventful.
Mouth: It starts out sweet and malty with a hint of lemon in the back. There’s a spicyness slowly making its way forward over time. The beer notes are still in there as well as the fruitiness, but it’s a more ripe and dark set of fruits, yet there’s a small lemon note coming through from the back. The charred oak is still in there as well. The honey and vanilla sweetness is residing on the edges and it’s not as sweet as on the nose. It still doesn’t really change much over time.
Finish: There’s not much happening from the start and the spicy side is not making any attempts to be in focus. The ripe fruitiness moves to the back and creates almost a savory note. There’s still a hint of lemon left. The maltiness is almost completely gone and it soon shifts towards a very nice and aromatic oakiness which fills most of the center space. It mixes well with the fruitiness. The finish is very nice and it stays for a long rewarding finish. This is a good whisky which is a bit uneventful and slightly thin, but it offers nice flavours and a great oaky finish.
The Karhi is first aged for 5-7 years in ex-bourbon barrels and then finished for about a year in ex-Madeira casks. The bottle tried is 1167/1353.