tisdag 9 oktober 2018

Highland Park The Light – 17yo 52,9%!

Dear friends, followers and supporters alike! The past two weekends I had the great pleasure to work the Stockholm Beer & Whiskyfestival, as always, working for Edrington Sweden. It was really great to be back at the festival in Stockholm, a festival that I haven't had the opportunity to make it to since 2012. But now that I live in the capital, it was definitely a must for sure. Anyway, the nice people at Edrington gave me permission to sample some of their upcoming releases, one of them being Highland Park The Light!








Just as The Dark, this whisky is 17 years old and has been bottled (watered to) 52,9% The number of bottles produce is 28K. To find out more about the story of The Light, please do check out this site. So what do we know about the maturation of this whisky? Well, all we really know is that it's been matured in refill american oak casks. Here in Sweden, The Light will (finally) be released this thursday as a web-release at the swedish state-monopoly, and you can view the product by clicking here. Ok, let's see what this whisky is all about


Nose
Aaaah, fresh, lively and ”excotic”! The top layer holds soft banana candy (the swedish candy bananskum on the spot) intermingling with very soft vanilla/fudge. Below that I find yellow kiwi, yellow pear, satsuma peal, peach-candy, and sunwarm overripe green gooseberries. Stirring the glass the excotic fruityness goes on and on and on… yeah, this is really fruity folks! In terms of the fruityness The Light is quite similar in style to ICE, but with the difference being that The Light is much more soft; delicate and calm. In the final layer (the deepest one) I find a very light/fragile and fleeting peatyness that draws mostly on farmyard and hay, and in the very distant on anise (not quite liquorice) and almondpaste. Ok let’s taste!

The Light is certainly light ;)

Taste:
I definitely expected this to have a fruity start, but, the nose is betraying. Instead it opens up on vanilla sweetness, vanilla cream, melted butter, and Werther’s Original/toffee caramel (by the way, no sign whatsoever of the high strength). This goes on for quite some time (say 4-5 seconds) only to be abruptly interrupted at first by sea-salt and then by a big oak-y-ness (there is something green going on in the oak, not herbs, but something else that I can’t quite put my finger on…). Then I get a medium-bodied peatyness which quite quickly evolves into dryness and white half-boiled asparagus. The aftertaste definitely holds banana-peal and some quite heavy bitter almond.  




To sum up:
Well folks, considering that the two-part series of The Dark and The Light is all about contrasts, the people at Highland Park have definitely managed to achieve just that with the difference between the first and the latter; as we know The Dark is matured completely in first-fill european oak sherry casks, and the Light is nothing at all like The Dark. The refill american oak casks used for The Light simply must predominantly be bourbon casks. I can draw no other conclusion from my notes on the nose, nor on the taste. As mentioned, the high strength is not noticeable, and no matter whether this is taken into consideration or not, this dram sure is soft, delicate and calm on the nose, and the taste gives you quite a flavorsome journey indeed. Finally a remark (or rather a hopeful wish): I do find bourbon cask matured Highland Parks to be highly interesting, and it’s great fun that the distillery has released more and more of this maturation as limited editions. But, given the high quality of these editions, maybe it’s time to do a permanent release?! Yes please!  


Big thanks to the people at Edrington Sweden for the opportunity to try this release, and to be able to review it before the launch. Please make sure to follow my FB-page by clicking here, my instagram by clicking here, and my twitter-page by clicking here. Copyright © and All Rights Reserved on all tasting notes and text by SamuelWhisky and pictures likewise belong to SamuelWhisky, unless stated. If you would like to use any such material that belongs to SamuelWhisky or associated with SamuelWhisky, please ask by sending me an email to samuelkarlssonorebro [at] gmail [dot] com and by stating the source.   

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tisdag 18 september 2018

Longrow Single Chardonnay Cask for Sweden – 16yo 54,6% ABV!

Dear friends, followers and supporters alike! After a great and long summer break I'm glad to be back and to bring you my thoughts and impressions of a very soon to be released whisky exclusively bottled for Sweden! Last week, I was once again contacted by the people at Symposion who wondered if there was anything from their coming releases that I wanted to review for them, and of course I did! My eyes fell on a single chardonnay cask Longrow (a sort of heavily peated Springbank), and here are the details:








The whisky is 16 years old, and when it comes to the time spent in cask it started out for seven years in a 1st-fill bourbon hogshead and was then "finished" for nine (!) years in a chardonnay cask (type of oak, number of fillings, and cask size unfortunately not stated). It was bottled at 54,6% ABV (which I assume is natural cask strength). The whisky was casked in october 2001 and bottled in march 2018. The chardonnay cask gave 380 bottles out of which 378 will be released as a web-launch at the swedish state monopoly this Thursday (20th of September). You can view the product by clicking here. Ok, I am ready to nose and taste, so let's go!

Nose:
When pouring this dram a really big and fat peat emmidiately fills the room… aah, wonderful! However, when nosing gently into the glass I come to the realisation that the peatyness is very, very soft, definitely boasting with creamyness; some kind of mix of vanilla cream and fat white chocolate at room temperature almost melting away (I’m absolutely drooling just thinking about it…). As is normally the case with Longrow, in my experience, the peatyness draws very much on old leather, old shoes, earthyness/something damp, and old barnhouse. Anyways, both the bourbon cask and the chardonnay have clearly set their resepective marks on this whisky; the creamy, fat, and distinct old vanilla from the bourbon, and something very ”red” (think redcurrant jam) and dry/tannins from the wine. There is no fight between the bourbon and the wine; actually, perfect balance in my opinion. But, hey, folks, the prevailing thing on the nose is definitely the charactheristic peatyness described above. 

Taste:
Starts off incredibly salty, and remains so for 3-4 seconds. Then the ”red” takes over with a bit of a citric note to it and definitely a bit of a tanninic bite to it. This phase is however not so very long. But, do not mourne folks, because when swallowing the leather and barnhouse quickly enters with an element of old shoes to it. It all rises to the top (roof) of my mouth, is being taken over by earth/dirt and wonderful ”burnt out”-fire. And then my dear readers comes layer upon layer upon layer of wonderful creamyness… the peat and the creamyness take turns in being the soft but evident center of attention. Slowly, in the aftertaste, this is all developing into almond paste with a touch of ”red” and the citric notes, slowly everything calms down and the citric remains the longest. Very long aftertaste, medium dry… 

To sum up:
Wow! This is really a really, really great dram, an excellent pick for the swedish market that will definitely satisfy both the peat-nerds and the ”sherry-esque”-nerds. It’s really hard to decide whether the nose or the taste is better than the other, but since I like drinking whisky my verdict shall be the taste ☺ An absolutely wonderful dram that tastes so much more than 16 years old. And hey, great price for a single cask, sláinte! 

Big thanks to the people at Symposion for the opportunity to try this release, and to be able to review it before the web launch. Please make sure to follow my FB-page by clicking here, my instagram by clicking here and my twitter-page by clicking here. Copyright © and All Rights Reserved on all tasting notes and text by SamuelWhisky and pictures likewise belong to SamuelWhisky, unless stated. If you would like to use any such material that belongs to SamuelWhisky or associated with SamuelWhisky, please ask by sending me an email to samuelkarlssonorebro [at] gmail [dot] com and by stating the source.

tisdag 29 maj 2018

Swedish whisky from Smögen Distillery – Single Cask 51/2011 6yo 64% ABV

Dear friends, followers and supporters alike! About two months ago, when working this years Beer and Whiskyfestival in Gothenburg (for Edrington), I passed by the stand of Smögen Distillery to have a chat with Pär Caldenby, the Master Distiller and Distillery Manager. I wanted to see if he had anything that he wanted me to review, and indeed he had! 













Pär gladly shared a sample of his coming release: this time around it's a single (oloroso) sherry hogshead (250 litre) made from american oak. The new-make was filled on the 23rd of October in 2011 and the whisky was bottled on the 18th of March 2018, hence making it 6 years old. The cask number is 51/2011 and the cask gave 422 bottles at cask strength 64% ABV. Now, what is very special indeed about this whisky is the fact that it has been crafted using local barley! On the FB-page of Smögen Distillery Pär writes that the malt used is made up of "barley grown on the farm, literally speaking beside the threshold/door to the distillery". This will be very interesting folks!

Here in Sweden 276 bottles will be released as a so called web launch this thursday (the 31st of May) and you can view it by clicking here. Ok, let's see what we have here!

Nose
When nosing close but carefully, the whisky appears very creamy in a calm sort of way. The peat is soft with a mellow briny-ness to it in turn mixed with fudge-y and rasin-y notes. The rasins somehow also makes me think of orange peel, very soft vanilla infused orange peel. When nosing harder I actually detect cinnamon (finely ground) together with something exotic best described as a combination of dried clementine peel and dried lime peel respectively. The core stuff on the nose is composed of creamyness, soft peat, cinnamon, and citrusfruits. All in all this is indeed a ”soft” dram on the nose, and it is not until I nose harder that I really think about the fact that the strenght actually is 64% ABV. 


Taste:
Ooh! Very unexpected style in this one for being Smögen! It starts off with a lot of salty-ness (this is of course, as I see it, expected from Smögen) but then, instead of turning into raw sugar syrup-sweetness as sherry matured Smögen usually does, it very swiftly changes into… (wait for it…) sun warm and ”sour” slightly underripe redcurrants plucked straight from the bush. Then a tad of yeast shows up for about half a second but after that quickly turns into a lot of barley (in fact almost oatmeal porridge without milk), very dry barley together with chopped up almonds with traces of fudge. Well that was definitely a journey of flavours! In the early aftertaste I find that the redcurrants rise in my mouth together with the ”alcohol vapours” and turns into some kind of ”red” fruit, not really red wine, I think it is rather something like rose hip. The aftertaste ends in almondpaste, salty-ness and soft peat. Such a cool taste!

To sum up:
For me, this whisky is not really what I expected from a single sherry cask Smögen; as mentioned the core stuff on the nose is creamyness, soft peat, cinnamon, and citrusfruits, which for me are more usual stuff from bourbon casks (especially the creamyness and the citrusfruits), maybe it’s the american oak that plays a trick on me (?!). For me, the taste does not really contain ”classic sherry stuff”, but I suspect that the fresh redcurrants, and the ”red” elements in terms of the rose hip are actually in this case the main flavours that originate from the sherry that was in the cask before the whisky. All in all I think that the local barley that was used for this one really has put its very unique signature on this one, and for those Smögen fans out there that want to taste a new element to the Smögen distillery character should definitely try this one! 


Big thanks to Pär for the opportunity to try this release, and to be able to review it before the web launch. Please make sure to follow my FB-page by clicking here, my instagram by clicking here and my twitter-page by clicking here. Copyright © and All Rights Reserved on all tasting notes and text by SamuelWhisky and pictures likewise belong to SamuelWhisky, unless stated. If you would like to use any such material that belongs to SamuelWhisky or associated with SamuelWhisky, please ask by sending me an email to samuelkarlssonorebro[at]gmail.com and by stating the source.

tisdag 1 maj 2018

Swedish Whisky bottled by Bergslagens Distillery – Sherry Darling Ferie 6yo 46% ABV!

Dear friends, supporters and followers alike! A couple of days ago I was very fortunate to once again receive a sample from the people at Bergslagens Distillery! This time around the label states "Sherry Darling Ferie aged 6 years". This means that this is the fourth release in the "Sherry Darling"-series. As you all know by now this whisky has not been produced or distilled by Bergslagen Distillery but it was distilled at the (now closed) Grythyttan Distillery. This is in other words an independent bottling by Bergslagens Distillery. 

As you might remember from my previous reviews of whisky sold by Bergslagens Distillery, I have been complaining about lack of information in the press releases. 


But now my dear friends it seems that my complaining has finally payed off! This time we actually do have info on origin of the casks used and origin of the sherry used, yay! The whisky has been matured for 6 years in 50 litre sherry casks made from american (white) oak. The Oloroso sherry is from the Cádiz province of Andalusia in southern Spain. Unfortunately the pressrelease does not state if it is 1st-fill, 2nd-fill etcetera. Nor does it state number of casks used and number of bottles released and/or produced. The whisky has been bottled at 46% ABV and will be released at the swedish state monopoly tomorrow (the 2nd of May) and you can view it by clicking here. Ok, let's see what we have here!

Nose:
A very creamy, broad, and dry style of sherrynotes in this one. There is a medium big vanilla, traces of salt liquorice, and interestingly enough for being a sherrymatured whisky there are evident traces of spruce/fir (usually I only find this in whisky matured in new swedish oak). Actually, there are very, very slight traces of peat lurking around somewhere in here. Also very, very slight traces of gun powder (some of you may refer to this as sulphur). Last but not least definitely something reminding me of very lightly hopped lager beer. The strength is perfectly balanced against the nose! 


Taste:
Starts of rather sweet on raw-sugar syrup infused with dried figs and sugar coated medium dark raisins. After that comes a distinct touch of dry oloroso but most of all caramelized almond paste. This then moves on into a semi-explosion of more dryness that actually evolves into a very, very light touch of peat (!), slowly evolving into gun powder and ending with marzipan and sweet liquorice. 

To sum up:
So, was 46% ABV a sucessful move? Well, as mentioned above the strength is definitely perfectly balanced against the nose. I do however find the taste just a bit ”light”; slightly lacking a bit of body and/or depth, but all in all this is in no way and issue. What we have here folks is all in all a very drinkable and well composed sherry matured whisky and I do believe that it will be a perfect everyday dram for the mellow swedish summer! Sláinte!

Big thanks to the guys at Bergslagen Distillery for the opportunity to try this release and for the opportunity to be able to review it before its release! Please make sure to follow my FB-page by clicking here, my instagram by clicking here, and my twitter-page by clicking here. Copyright © and All Rights Reserved on all tasting notes and text by SamuelWhisky and pictures likewise belong to SamuelWhisky, unless stated. If you would like to use any such material that belongs to SamuelWhisky or associated with SamuelWhisky, please ask by sending an email to samuelkarlssonorebro [at] gmail dot com and by stating the source

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lördag 21 april 2018

Selected Malts – Royal Brackla sherry finish 55,5% ABV!

Dear friends, followers and supporters alike! A couple of days I received a package from my two good friends Patrik and Mikael, the founders of the all new swedish independent bottler named Selected Malts! To my great joy the package contained their second bottling, wiihooo! 















This time around we are talking about a Royal Brackla that has first been matured in a single bourbon hogshead and then transferred for a final maturation/finish in two 128 litre european oak 1st-fill oloroso sherry quarter casks. The whisky was bottled at cask strength, no filtration and likewise no coloring was done! The casks gave 397 bottles. This whisky will be released at the swedish state monopoly this monday (23:rd of April) through the "order-assortment". You can view the whisky by clicking here. Ok folks, let's see what we have here!

Nose:
The first thing that strikes me is that this whisky is very vinous (red wine), actually almost drawing towards a slight touch of (red) glühwein spices. Above that layer I find very delicate notes of peach candy together with a very mellow, but quite thin, vanilla. Shaking the whisky vividly to stir up some more notes/scents I actually get something reminding me of port wine. The whisky calms down after the stir and now I discover ripe fresh rhubarb that intermingles perfectly with the peach and the vanilla. All in all the notes on the nose is like a fight between the bourbon hogshead and the oloroso quarter casks, between vanilla and the vinous stuff. Very interesting! Ok, what about the taste?!

Borrowed from Selected Malts
Taste:
Fascinating! It actually starts of quite salt-y, I did not expect that at all! Before the salt, for a split second, there is however some very mellow and rich vanilla, but then comes the salt and after just two seconds or so I realise that the salt is clearly infused with ”sour” raisins (perhaps better described as red grapes on their way of becoming raisins). Intermingling with the strange grapes are definitely freshly squeezed rhubarb juice (if there ever was such a thing…). However, all of these rapid tastes mellows down rather quickly and gives way to an absolutely beautiful mix of almond paste and/or marzipan coupled with a big vanilla. In the aftertaste there are still traces of the salt-y beginning, but most of all the aftertaste is dry, dry, and dry, with traces of fresh ginger. The aftertaste ends with ”vapours” of almond paste rising to the roof of my mouth together with leather-y vanilla. 

To sum up:
On the nose this whisky does not at all behave like a standard/classic sherry finish would (with raisins and figs etcetera), rather the sherry behaves like red wine and the nose is therefore quite confusing with it’s fight between the two types of casks involved. The great thing about the taste is that it opens up on salt and then moves into the mellow and rich vanilla. Also, the taste really evolves in my mouth, a true journey of flavours! A job well done selecting this whisky (with it’s unusual elements on both nose and taste), so that the whisky nerds in Sweden can taste something truly different. Sláinte!

Big thanks to the guys at Selected Malt for the opportunity to try their second release and for the opportunity to be able to review it before its release! Please make sure to follow my FB-page by clicking here, my instagram by clicking here, and my twitter-page by clicking here. Copyright © and All Rights Reserved on all tasting notes and text by SamuelWhisky and pictures likewise belong to SamuelWhisky, unless stated. If you would like to use any such material that belongs to SamuelWhisky or associated with SamuelWhisky, please ask by sending me an email to samuelkarlssonorebro [at] gmail dot com and by stating the source

Borrowed from Selected Malts

onsdag 18 april 2018

The Macallan – Limited Edition 2017 – Classic Cut 58,4% ABV!

Dear friends, followers and supporters alike! When working the beer and whiskyfestival in Gothenburg (for Edrington) about two weeks ago, I gladly noticed that we had a new expression of The Macallan with us in the stand! The name of this new Macallan is ”Classic Cut”. Being very lucky indeed I was allowed to draw a small sample for reviewing, so today I share with you my thoughts and impressions of it!

So, what do we know about this new expression of Macallan? First of all we know that it has been bottled at 58,4% ABV. This fact, taken together with the design and colour of the label and the box suggests that the distillery and branding department wants us to associate this release to their previsous cask strength bottlings (which have both been bottled as 10 years old and more recently as NAS). Also, taking a look at the distillery website it is clear that the whisky has been bottled at natural colour and that it has been matured in a combination of American and European ”oak casks seasoned with Oloroso sherry from Jerez, Spain”. 

What is however not known to the consumers is if the casks used are 1st-fill, 2nd-fill etcetera, nor what the size(es) of the casks used are. In addition it is not known to consumers if the strength is in fact proper cask strength, or vatting strength, or if the strength has been reached by dillution (by watering it to this specific strength). 


From the distillery website we also know that this edition of Classic Cut is a Limited Edition for 2017. So what does ”limited” mean in this case? First of all, from surfing the web I have found sources who state that the number of bottles are limited to 90000 world wide. I have also found sources who state that Classic Cut is a one-off, never to be repeated again

In order to try and find out in what way this truly is a limited edition, I contacted my good friend Mattias Skoog, the Nordic Brand Ambassador for The Macallan (and for Highland Park). He told me that there in fact will be a Classic Cut 2018, another Classic Cut in 2019, and (probably) so on! So what does all this talk of one-off, never to be repeated again really mean? Well, Mattias was also kind enough to send me a document (a so called Sell Sheet) which holds info that shines a light on this question. The document states: ”This special and memorable flavour profile will never be repeated” and ”…this particular whisky profile will never be repeated”. Aha, it is the profile that will never be repeated again! And what is the flavour profile in question? Well, the box clearly states ”Creamy vanilla, sweet ginger, warming oak”, which I interpret to be the flavor profile for this version of CC.

In conclusion, this most likely means that the next CC (2018) will have another flavour profile, so will also the next CC haveThis probably means that the composition of casks used will vary from edition to edition. All of this makes it clear what, on the distillery website, is meant by the statement that this edition of Classic Cut is the first release in ”a [new] series of annual expressions”.

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Here in Sweden, the CC 2017 will be available this Friday (20th of April) at the state monopoly and you can view it by clicking here. Ok, now that we have sorted out all of the details, let’s investigate the whisky itself!

Nose:
Holding the glass a couple of centimetres from my nose, I get really mellow medium-dark moist raisins with elements of lightly vanilla-infused honey, definitely coupled with cacao (drawing towards a bar of milk chocolate). There is also very slight traces of cold coffee. At this distance everything is soo soft, and it is not until I put my nose in the glass that I actually feel the high strength. Nosing some more with my nose really in the glass, in the very top layer of the nose I get a prominent mix of sweet and sour drawing very close to mashed red grapes. Below this layer I find sugar zyrup made from raw-sugar, together with quite fat vanilla (medium-dark fudge). Below that, in the bottom layer, I get very slight traces of oven-baked slices of apple, intermingling with medium-dark marzipan.

Taste:
Taking a tiny sip it all starts of soo sweet and smooth (which for me is incredible at this strength), the taste is definitely dominated by ”dark” tastes, in fact much darker profile on the taste than on the nose. In the initial sweetness and smoothness I find all the tastes that I expect from a sherry matured non-peated whisky; especially dark raisins and moist dried figs. Aside from that we have drizzling honey, the sugar zyrup made of raw sugar, and even a touch of leather-y notes. It is not until taking a bigger sip that I find a quite robust strength together with a slight layer of almond paste. Then the taste evolves slowly and gets below medium-dry, than even drier, almost drying my mouth now (from something tannin-esque). In the aftertaste I get slight traces of bitter almond intermingling with slight traces of vanilla. 

To sum up:
This whisky definitely tastes as being well and above 10 years old. In terms of recipe my impression is that european oak sherry casks dominate in the mix. I would describe this dram as a ”light” sherry bomb, not because it in any way is ”watery” or wimpish, but because it never gets out of hand or, so to speak, goes crazy; the recipe has obviously been weighed very carefully, I might even say with a great deal of brilliance. Obviously the whisky maker has aimed for drinkability for the big whisky drinking audience, and has indeed managed to achieve just that! All in all a great dram for a good value/price, well done! I really look forward for to the next releases of CC and to find out what their respective flavour profiles will be!

Big thanks to Edrington for the great opportunity to review this whisky before its release! Please make sure to follow my FB-page by clicking here, my instagram by clicking here, and my twitter-page by clicking here. Copyright © and All Rights Reserved on all tasting notes and text by SamuelWhisky and pictures likewise belong to SamuelWhisky, unless stated. If you would like to use any such material that belongs to SamuelWhisky or associated with SamuelWhisky, please ask by sending me an email to samuelkarlssonorebro [at] gmail dot com and by stating the source

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tisdag 10 april 2018

Springbank 12yo Cask Strength vs. Longrow Red 11yo!

Dear friends, followers and supporters alike! A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by swedish importer/distributor Symposion asking me if I was interested in receiving samples for reviewing some of their coming whiskies. On offer was lots of whiskies and as I have done before I only signed up for samples for Springbank Distillery.













Last week a package finally arrived and so today I bring you my review and thoughts on the latest version of Springbank 12 yo Cask Strength, and likewise the latest version of Longrow Red 11yo. Here in Sweden both of these will be launched at the swedish state monopoly the day after tomorrow (the 12th of April), in a so called web-release. The products can be viewed by clicking here and here.

So, in terms of contents/recipe for the respective whiskies it goes like this: The Springbank (around 15ppm) has in this particular case been matured to 70% in sherry casks and the rest in bourbon casks (unfortunately I have received no info on kind of oak for the sherry component, nor filling in terms of 1st-fill, 2nd-fill, etc.). The ABV is 56,3%. Sweden receives 575 bottles (number of bottles produced in total is not stated).

The Longrow (around 55ppm) has in this particular case first spent nine years in bourbon casks (filling not stated), and then two years in french (225 litre) barriques that has previously held  South-african redwine from De Toren Private Cellar in Stellenbosch (filling not stated). The ABV is 55,9%. Sweden receives 612 bottles out of 9000 bottles in total.


Ok, let's do a kind of comparison and see what we have here!

Springbank nose:
Mmm, classic Springbank! Lots of ”warm” and intense, very deep, citric sherrynotes. A great portion of raw-sugar that intermingles seamlessly with the earthy but gentle (kind of leather-y) peaty-ness. Above all, interestingly enough the most prominent things on the nose are stawberry jam, apple sauce and peach candy, all three very delicate and gentle indeed.    

Longrow nose:
The nose on this one is something entirely different from the previous! The very center of the nose boasts of Werther’s creme caramel (intense deep vanilla and melted butter), together with ”old” dark honey (”stiff”/non-liquid honey). In the very upper register there is a wee tad of… Cachaça.  Slight (!!!) traces of peat. There is also a slight, slight, slight touch of very over-ripe pear, but nothing, absolutely nothing makes me think of red wine. The bourbon maturation and white oak has definitely had more impact than the red wine finish and the european oak.   

Springbank taste:
Again, warm and very dry intense sherry! Yes, very dry, but sweet sherry that both makes my mouth dry and makes it water-y. The peatyness is big and definitely warms my chest. This whisky really evolves in my mouth and goes from beautiful raw sugar-y fruity sweetness to a great leather-y dry peatyness (with a big portion of almond paste) that really takes a hold of my mouth. Very ”chewy” aftertaste and my mouth keeps altering between dry and watery. It all ends in some kind of peated overripe banana.

Longrow taste:
Actually, it very briefly starts out on matured Cachaça, everything turns very soft and vanilla- and buttery-ish together with soft milk chocolate but then, thank god, the peatyness shows itself! First as kind of salt liquorice but then as very, very dry and ashy peat (no leather). In the immidiate aftertaste we have something reminding me of elderflower soft drink, but as the aftertaste evolves the peat completely takes the overhand and gets really ashy and beautifully dry. It all ends with a sting to the tip of my tounge and big dryness on the inside of my cheeks

To sum up:
And the winner is… Springbank on the nose and Longrow on the taste! 

Big thanks to Symposion for sending me these samples and for the opportunity to review them before the release! Please make sure to follow my FB-page by clicking here, my instagram by clicking here, and my twitter-page by clicking here. Copyright © and All Rights Reserved on all tasting notes and text by SamuelWhisky and pictures likewise belong to SamuelWhisky, unless stated. If you would like to use any such material that belongs to SamuelWhisky or associated with SamuelWhisky, please ask by sending me an email to samuelkarlssonorebro [at] gmail dot com and by stating the source

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