Kategoriarkiv: Finland

Teerenpeli Kaski

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Finland
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet fruits and mild peat. At first there’s a round vanilla, liquorice and butterscotch sweetness with a mixed bag of dried fruits and the whole thing has a fruitcake vibe to it. When it settles a distinct, yet pleasantly approachable, peat start to appear around the edges and in the back. The peatiness is a mix of herbs and burning wood. A minty freshness sits on top and the whole feels extremely well balanced between the different elements. This is a great nose. It’s not the most adventurous experience and it’s a bit too mild, but it doesn’t need to be bold when it’s this well made.

Mouth: It starts out with a mild butterscotch and vanilla center with the peat in an outside layer. It has a very nice gritty complex note in the back and a nice and hefty sherry sweetness up front. There’s raisins and fresh red berries, tobacco and just a hint of sulfur. It does feel somewhat top heavy and a young distillate shines through the otherwise poised exterior. After a few seconds a black coffee note starts to shine through in the back as well as some wood spices and a fresh oakiness.

Finish: The menthol layer and the wood spices create a nice spread of spicyness through the transition and the dried fruits fills the center together with the vanilla and butterscotch. After a second or two the nice gritty complexity returns which creates a nice three-dimensional feel to it. It’s a slow finish and it takes quite a while before the oakiness start to take over. It’s a slightly boring oakiness which doesn’t match the rest of the dram. This is a great whisky with a lot to offer. It feels top heavy throughout but the complexity of the background notes makes up for it to a big degree.

Additional information
This whisky was aged in ex-sherry casks for an undisclosed amount of time. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Teerenpeli 10 YO

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Finland
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
This was tasted at a whisky festival. No tasting notes were recorded. The impression was that this is a sweet and malty whisky with a mix of malt, honey and vanilla. Liquorice, oak and an assorted fruits note are in there as well. The sweetness leans towards butterscotch/toffee. The low ABV doesn’t help it along and makes it a bit too mild.

Additional information
This whisky was aged in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Teerenpeli Distiller’s Choice – Karhi (Batch 3)

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Finland
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
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.

Additional information
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.