Spirit of Hven Backafallsbyn – Tycho’s Star

ABV: 41.8 %
Origin: Sweden
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and mildly peated. At first there’s a vanilla and honey sweetness up front and a mild leathery peat in the back. In between sits a layer of red fruits. There’s a nice strawberry jam note coming through in the center. With time in the glass a black liquorice note pops up connected to the sweet layer. There’s also a note best described as pencil shavings. This is a great nose with a unique character.

Mouth: It starts out sweet and fruity with the peat now much more pronounced than on the nose. It’s dry soil and leather. The pencil shavings note is still in there as well. The fruitiness is still red fruits but the strawberry jam is gone. There’s also a green apple sourness coming through. The vanilla and honey slowly returns with time as well as the liquorice. It’s somewhat astringent. With time there’s a toffee note forming in the center.

Finish: It starts out with a burst of the fruitiness with an increase of the sour apples in the background. The peatiness waits a few seconds before returning and brings the oakiness along on the sides and in the back. There’s a round toffee and vanilla center and when the initial sourness subsides it leaves room for the red fruits once again. In the late finish the peat and oak takes over. The oakiness feels fresh like newly planes oak, but it’s not attacking the palate. This is a great, well made whisky with a lot to explore.

Additional information
This single malt is made on a small island, on which the famous astronomer Tycho Brahe lived, hence the name. This is aged in 58,20% heavily charred Quercus Muehlenbergii from Missouri, 33,44% heavily charred Quercus Petraea from Allier och 8,36% medium roasted Quercus Robur from Bourgogne. The malt is a mix of Pale Ale, chocolate, and heavily peated malt. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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