When I attended the Beer and whisky festival in Gothenburg almost three weeks ago I met up with my friend David Goldsmith. I helped him getting a bottle that was only released here in Sweden and he brought me some samples as a way of saying thank you. In order for him to able to read these notes they are in English.
1. This one has a peaty touch, when I poured it, so to speak. After ten minutes in the glass the peat has decreased and there are more mineral notes. A tiny touch of pears appears as well. If I am not mistaken there is a slight hint of sea. I get associations to walking by the sea here in Varberg.
On the palate it gives more peat than on the nose but also some citrus. A slight touch of oak but also some floral notes.
I would say this is a rather young whisky and the ABV is around 43%. It doesn’t feel as if it is stronger.
2. The colour on this is like dark chestnut. I really love it. If I would guess just by looking at it I would say it is a sherry bomb, but on the nose it gives me the impression it is a wine matured whisky. It is difficult to detect specific tones though, but something I detect, if I am not mistaken, is overripe or perhaps even fermented grapes which inhances my thoughts this is a wine matured whisky.
On the palate it gives me a slightly burnt plum cake. I am not really sure this is a god day to try whiskies but this is what I can smell and taste.
This could be a whisky that is somewhat like ten to twelve years Old and has an ABV higher than the previous one. I would say somewhere around 48-50%.
3. At my first sniff (if I can use that) I would guess this is a bourbon matured whisky with a finish of some sort. It might even be a sherry finish but I am not totally sure about that. There is citrus, vanilla and a hint of earthiness in the background and that is the reason why I would guess it has been lying in a bourbon cask for the most of its maturing.
On the palate there is oak, citrus and a touch of burnt grass, but also a hint of dried fruits. I cannot find any sultanas nore caramel so the sherry finish is no longer an option. Could it be a marsala finish? Something that pops up in my head is mulled wine. I know it might sound crazy but it does…
The finish in this is the longest of the three and I would also say this is younger than 15 years. ABV I would say is somewhere around 46-48%.
Thank you David for bringing me these. I would say I haven’t tried them before and it will be nice to know what is was in the sample bottles.
And here are the answers. Thank you again David