måndag 30 november 2015

Swedish whisky from Hven – Tycho’s Star 41,8% ABV

Friends and followers! Thursday last week I received a nice package from the nice people of the swedish Island distillery Hven! Happy times cause so far I’ve only reviewed one whisky from them (read about it here) so it was with great pleasure and anticipation that I received a sample of their next release called ’Tychos Star’. Swedes can read about it here and my international readers are most welcome to read about it here

Complementary information which I received from the distillery is the following:

In other words, it is distilled from three different varietys of barley/malt (un-peated Pale Ale malt, Chocolate malt, and peated whisky malt). Matured in heavily charred Quercus Muchlenbergii from Missouri (58,2%), heavily toasted Quercus Petraca from Allier (33,44%), and medium toasted Quercus Robur from Bourgogne (8,36%). Also, it’s organic and no chill-filtration or coal-filtration has been done!

In Sweden it will be released tomorrow (1st of december), in 213 systembolaget stores and will be sold for 495kr. For international buyers it is available at Master of Malt. Let’s see what we have here: 

Very elegant with gentle and soft peat, a glass of cold cocoa/milk chocolate, whipped wholefat cream with vanilla, something citrus-y mixed with dark raisins and dried figs is quite evident in there, that is to say some sherry complexity. Interestingly enough there is also some white wine and/or red apple juice/something cider-esque in there, very complex stuff indeed. I believe this is a quite young whisky but I must look really hard to find evidence for it, I really have to put my nose in there to find something yeast-y/something ferment-ish and something new oak-y and it’s definitely not the center of attention, which I really must applaud!

Oooh! Definitely seems sherried, and soo soft! Well, this is really good stuff peoples! I really recommend this dram, why? Cause I’m absolutely struck by the balance and the complexity of this dram… as I said, it begins soo soft, there is sherry sweetness mixed with oh so gentle peat, slowly moving on into almond paste/marzipan and a slight pepper-y-ness and herb-y-ness, the peat is evolving into something dry indeed, the red apples comes back, a quite long afteratste with vanilla, herb-y-ness and a bar of milk chocolate. Can not at all find the yeast/fermenty stuff and the new oak-y stuff that I looked after and that was so hard to find on the nose… Even the strength is perfect, sure feels like 46% ABV, I would not change a bit. It tastes kind of like a 10-12yo whisky, say something like a slightly peated Edradour on 2nd fill sherry casks… 

To sum up:
Even though the price here in Sweden might suggest that this is an ”everyday dram”, I would definitely say that this is far more than that, in fact this is very good value for money! So, in conclusion a job well done and big congrats to Hven Distillery! And to Master Distiller Henric Molin: you’re simply a wizard of whisky! Big thanks also to Camilla at Hven for sending me the sample! 

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