Spirit of Hven Backafallsbyn Old Hare

ABV: 40.4 %
Origin: Sweden
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 1/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and spirity. At first there’s a bad, spirity ethanol note popping out of the glass which is quite unpleasant. Underneath lies a butterscotch, vanilla and honey sweetness with young, green apples within. There’s a metallic note in the back which eventually switches to more of a lemon sourness. There’s also a very rounded oakiness floating around and maybe a hint of red berries. This is not the best of noses. It’s very simple and unpleasant.

Mouth: It starts out with a small surge of apples and lemon before the cheap ethanol note takes over. It soon gets contested by the butterscotch/vanilla and a heavy oak. There’s a hint of dusty corn in there as well. The heavy oak brings a lot of spicyness to the mouthfeel which simulates a higher ABV, which in this case is a good thing. The entire thing gets overrun by the oak fairly shortly in the journey.

Finish: Except for the spicyness of the oak, the transition is fairly uneventful. The background is filled with bad ethanol notes, butterscotch and woodshop oak while the spicyness is high. When it settles the woodshop oak takes over and the late finish is like chewing on an oakboard. There is a fruitiness floating around on top and the metallic note in the back is barely noticable. This is a not the greatest whisky out there. It tries to cover up the bad spirit with a heavy new oak maturation, which somewhat succeeds.

Additional information
The grain whisky part was aged for 3-5 years in new european and american oak casks and then married with single malt for 6-12 months in ex-PX sherry and ex-red wine casks.

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