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

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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...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2018/05/swedish-whisky-bottled-by-bergslagens.html

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

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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 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 1st-fill oloroso sherry quarter casks (type of oak unknown to me). It was bottled at cask strength, no filtration and likewise no coloring was...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2018/04/selected-malts-royal-brackla-sherry.html

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

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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...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2018/04/the-macallan-limited-edition-2017.html

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

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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...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2018/04/springbank-12yo-cask-strength-vs.html

Swedish whisky from Hven Distillery – Mizar 6:1 45% ABV!

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Dear friends, supporters and followers alike! On the 28th of februari, the swedish distillery Hven held a press-tasting for their latest release. It was great to once again receive an invitation to attend, but very, very sadly I was not able to attend... To my great joy a generous sample of 10cl arrived not that long ago and so today I present to you my notes and thought on this whisky! 
This latest release is the continuation of the series drawing its inspiration from the constellation called "The Big Dipper". 
This time around our eyes are fixed on the star...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2018/03/swedish-whisky-from-hven-distillery.html

The Creative Whisky Co. – Highland Park Single Cask 52,9% ABV!

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Dear friends, followers and supporters alike! When working at this years Whiskyexpo in Linköping a while ago, Tommy and Peter of Svenska Eldvatten (Swedish Firewater) grabbed a hold of me to ask if I would be interested in reviewing one of their future releases, a single cask Highland Park from The Creative Whisky Company in their series The Exclusive Malts . Well, of course I was, and so I was given a sample. 
The cask number is 751, it's a refill (bourbon) hogshead that gave 235 bottles. It was distilled in oktober 2003 and bottled in 2017, and so the age...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2018/03/the-creative-whisky-co-highland-park.html

Highland Park Single Bourbon Hogshead – Gordon MacPhail 43% ABV!

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Dear friends, supporters and followers alike! When working the Whiskyexpo in Linköping a couple of weeks ago I passed by the stand of Symposion , since I had been given the great opportunity to pick up a sample of a coming Highland Park Single Bourbon Cask for review. Here in Sweden it is released tomorrow and you can view the product here
We are talking about a 1989 (26-27 years old) single refill american oak hogshead (250 litres) that has been watered down to 43% ABV. The cost for a bottle is 2402kr and Symposion has managed to source...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2018/03/highland-park-single-bourbon-hogshead.html

Swedish Whisky from Smögen Distillery – Barrique! 7yo 60,3% ABV

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Dear friends and followers alike! About a month ago I worked for Edrington at this years Whiskyexpo in Linköping. As I most often do I passed by the stand of Smögen Distillery to talk to Pär Caldenby (Master Distiller and Distillery Manager) to see if he had anything that he wanted me to review. Most willingly he shared a sample of their coming release called "Barrique!". Here in Sweden it will be released as a web launch this thursday (the 1st of mars) and you can view it by clicking here
Barrique consists of a vatting of four european...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2018/02/swedish-whisky-from-smogen-distillery.html

Highland Park Full Volume and (vs.) The Dark!

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Dear friends and followers alike! Today I bring you my tasting notes and impressions of two fairly new expressions from Highland Park! The first one is called Full Volume and the other one is called The Dark . (I bought a sample of FV from a friend, and the sample of TD was provided to me by Edrington Sweden whilst working for them at last years Örebro Beer and Whisky festival, just days before its release). 
Here in Sweden the FV, which you can delve into here , will be launched the 1st of februari (view the product by clicking...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2018/01/highland-park-full-volume-and-vs-dark.html

Amrut Raw Cask 61,3% ABV – Dennis Steckel Selection!!!

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Dear friends and followers alike! When working the Örebro Beer and Whiskyfestival about a month ago I passed by Clydesdales stand to have a chat with Dennis Steckel, the superfan of Amrut and founder of Amrutfever , to see what he had up his sleeve. 
Enthusiastically he pulled out an Amrut bottled in his honor!!! I asked him how this bottling and great news came about and he told me that one day he had mysteriously received a bunch of samples with the only instruction to choose his favorite. Having done so he did not think more about it, but...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2017/12/amrut-raw-cask-613-abv-dennis-steckel.html

Peated anCnoc – Peatheart Batch 1 46% ABV!

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Dear friends and followers alike! When working the Borlänge Beer and whiskyfestival a couple of weeks ago I passed by the stand of Berntsson Brands  to see if there was anything that their Brand Ambassador Martin Tjäder wanted me to review for them, and of course there was, their all new anCnoc Peatheart Batch 1 in which the barley has been peated to 40ppm. Please feel free to read all about it by clicking here
Here in Sweden Peatheart will be launched at the state monopoly tomorrow and you can view the product by clicking here . Ok, let's...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2017/12/peated-ancnoc-peatheart-batch-1-46-abv.html

Highland Park Single Cask 1674 Sweden exclusive – Vintersolståndet

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Dear friends and followers alike! About two weeks ago I worked the Borlänge Beer and whiskyfestival for Edrington (my second time working this very cosy festival). To my great joy I discovered that we had a coming Highland Park Single Cask with us, yay! Luckily for me, I was given permission to try it right then and there, and below you will find my tasting notes.
But first some info: this is the fourth single cask released for Sweden (since the new single cask series began in the fall of 2016, not counting the one for SMAD). The whisky is...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2017/11/highland-park-single-cask-1674-sweden.html

Springbank 14 yo Bourbon Wood – 55,8% ABV

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Dear friends and followers alike! Yesterday I received a package from Symposion , containing a sample of a new limited release from Springbank ! A 14 year old that has been matured solely in bourbon casks (size not stated), a combination of first fill and refill. It has been bottled at (vatting strength of) 55,8% ABV. The number of bottles for this release is 9000 and 534 of these will be released at the state monopoly here in Sweden in two days (the 23rd of november). You can view the product by clicking here
Ok, let's see what we...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2017/11/springbank-14-yo-bourbon-wood-558-abv.html

Swedish whisky from Box Distillery: Quercus 1 – Robur 50,8% ABV!

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Beautiful red-brown color!
Dear friends and followers alike! Last week I was very lucky to receive a package that contained a sample from from Swedish distillery Box – The high coast distillery ! Yay! The sample contained the first release in their new series called "Quercus". This is what the write about the new series and about this Robur-edition:
"Quercus is a range from Box Distillery wherein we try to explore the tastes that different species of oak gives to the whisky. The first edition is named Robur after the European Oak (pedunculate oak), Quercus robur in Latin. Quercus robur...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2017/11/swedish-whisky-from-box-distillery.html

Whisky-honeymoon PART 3 – tasting Highland Park Valkyrie and Rebus30 10 year old

Dear friends and followers alike! Today I bring you PART 3 of my "Whisky-honeymoon" (sharing the whisky-related adventures that took place during the honeymoon me and my wife had in the beginning of this summer). For part one please click here . And yes, you are correct in noticing that part two, our visit to Bowmore Distillery has so far not yet been published, simmer down, it will come later (strangely enough, not very chronological ;) ).
Anyways, as you might remember from part one, before going to Islay my wife and I spent one night in Glasgow, and it...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2017/10/whisky-honeymoon-part-3-tasting.html

The launch of Highland Park Single Cask no.3429 for Viking Line Cinderella!!!

Dear friends and followers alike! Three weeks ago (Friday the 22nd of september) I attended the launch event of the second Highland Park single cask for Viking Line (that is, the second single cask for Viking Line since the new SC-series started in 2016), also referred to as Viking Line Batch 2. But before we get into all the details of this particular whisky, and my tasting notes and thoughts about it, let’s start from the beginning ☺
On the 17th of juli, Dave Francis (Global Brand Ambassador for Edrington Travel Retail), announced on the FB-page ’Highland Park Appreciation Society’...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2017/10/the-launch-of-highland-park-single-cask.html

Whisky-honeymoon PART 1 – visiting Laphroaig Distillery!

Dear friends and followers alike! I’m back from my summer vacation and a little time off from blogging. As some of you might remember me and my wife got married last fall. But why am I telling you this? Because we started our summer vacation with a little honeymoon, a ten days trip to UK and Scotland that of course entailed some really nice whisky-related adventures which I’ll share with you in a three part picture-driven blog-post! Today I bring you PART 1 in which I’ll tell you about our visit to Laphroaig Distillery . In PART 2 I’ll tell...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2017/08/whisky-honeymoon-part-1-visiting.html

Single Cask Bowmore Laphroaig bottled by Cooper’s Choice!

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Dear friends and followers, big thanks for stopping by! A couple of weeks ago I received a package from the nice people at Symposion , from this package I have chosen to review a Bowmore and a Laphroaig, which is a perfect fit taking in consideration that I very recently visited these to distilleries as a part of my honeymoon (a blogpost on that topic will follow in a couple of days). Anyways, both are single casks bottled by Cooper's Choice. Here in Sweden they are released tomorrow
The 16 year old Bowmore is from bourbon cask no.223 which gave...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2017/07/single-cask-bowmore-laphroaig-bottled.html

Highland Queen x4 – two blended and two single malts

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Dear friends and followers, big thanks for stopping by and staying tuned! A couple of weeks ago I received some samples from the importer and distributor Clydesdale . Four of the samples are whisky from the quite newly revived brand "Highland Queen"! Please do feel free to read all about its history and their huge portfolio here
A whole bunch of these Highland Queens are available at the Swedish state monopoly, and you can view them here .
The first two are blended scotch and the last two are single malts. Ok, here we go!
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HQ Nose...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2017/06/highland-queen-x4-two-blended-and-two.html

Swedish Whisky from Smögen – Sherry Project 2:1 Sherry Octaves 4yo 53,6% ABV

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Dear friends and followers alike! When working the Beer & Whisky-festival in Gothenburg in late mars I ran into Pär Caldenby, the distillery manager/master distiller of swedish west coast distillery Smögen . To my great joy he was very keen on sharing a sample of the first release in his second series on the influence of sherry cask maturation, rightfully named Sherry Project 2:1.
This first release in this new series consists of a vatting of 18 so called Octaves (50 litre casks) that previously were used to mature (oloroso) sherry. The Octaves are made from american white oak and...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2017/05/swedish-whisky-from-smogen-sherry.html

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