Kategoriarkiv: Bergslagen

Bergslagens 8 YO Granit

ABV: 48 %
Origin: Sweden
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and peaty. At first there’s a big sweet honey center with some ripe red berries sitting in a surrounding layer. The peatiness slowly increases in intensity towards the edges of the glass together with a vanilla note. The longer it stays in the glass the more the distillate becomes noticeable. It’s young and spirit driven and it feels quite mineral rich and has a nice power to it. With time a nice milk chocolate note can be found within the sweet core. This is a nice nose with a lot to offer but it do feel a bit shallow and it lacks some depth.

Mouth: It starts out with a peaty and sweet impact. The peatiness stays around the edges while the honey and vanilla resides in the middle. There’s a nice mix of liquorice and earthy peatiness slowly increasing in intensity in there as well. It feels rich and quite powerful. The sherry cask fruitiness mixes nicely with the peatiness and creates a nice outer layer. There is a complexity with tobacco, sulfur and a fresher fruitiness, but the background seems hollow and somewhat empty.

Finish: The finish starts with a mild spicyness. It’s not spiking but it fills the palate with a nice powerful sensation. The sweetness and the ripe berries are joined by dried fruits and a more sweet and haylike peatiness. The finish feels very warm and comforting. The vanilla notes slowly shifts into an oakiness and the casks give away a nice nuttiness as well. This is a very good whisky. It has a lot of nice flavours, but it seems a bit shallow overall.

Additional information
This is a limited edition whisky aged in first fill ex-bourbon barrels and ex-Oloroso sherry casks. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

Bergslagens Santa -18 Julmust Cask Finish

ABV: 51 %
Origin: Sweden
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is somewhat fruity and very spicy. The first thing coming through is rye, with anise root and spices together with the sweetness of honey and vanilla. There’s a chalk note residing in the background. The ”julmust” is not detectable on the nose, but it makes the whisky very perfumey.

Mouth: It starts out very spicy and it still could pass off as a rye. The chalk note is still sitting on top of some vanilla and processed sugar sweetness. The oak makes an early entrance and it comes with a hefty astringency. The perfumey notes still come through and there’s a very small, (maybe even suggestive) note of Julmust.

Finish: Finally some of the sherry notes comes through with assorted red fruits and berries. It quickly goes back to the rye notes and the chalk. A hint of the ”julmust” is still peeking through with a slight bitterness. A pleasant oak finish follows with some freshly brewed coffee. After a while when everything else is gone some tropical fruits makes a late appearance. I love the innovation, but it’s just a fun and kind of weird experiment.

Additional information
This is first aged in american ex-bourbon oak barrels for about 6 years, then finished for 12 months in third fill american ex-Oloroso sherry casks, where the second fill of the cask was the swedish seasonal beverage ”Julmust” which is made from malt and hops (It sort of tastes like a mix of Coca-Cola and a stout).

Engelbrekt

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Sweden
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is young and sweet. At first there’s a thin layer of honey, vanilla and toffee sitting on top of a fruity and ethanol driven background. There are apples and coconuts as well as floral and oaky notes floating around within. With time the sweetness increase in intensity which is much needed to balance out the young distillate. This is a nice but very spirit driven nose.

Mouth: It starts out with a quite noticable distillate and when the sweetness arrives it resides out on the edges. The fruity and floral notes are in there but it feels like they’re pushed away. The same goes for the toffee as well. There’s a hint of coconut left and it’s connected to a fresh oakiness which also comes with a bitterness in the tail end. There’s lemon and a metallic note in the back. The toffee notes move forward with time though and somewhat covers the young distillate.

Finish: There’s a nice spicyness passing through at the start of the finish. When it settles the distillate takes over once again. The apples return for a quick visit. The toffee flavour return as well and leads way into the oakiness. It’s a nutty and fresh oak with a lot of character. The late finish is certainly the best part of the journey. This is a young and spirit driven whisky which has some nice notes, but it really could do with a couple of more years in a cask.

Additional information
Engelbrekt is aged for at least 5 years in ex-bourbon hogsheads and then finished in virgin oak barrels. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.