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Swedish whisky from Smögen Distillery – Single Cask 57/2011 7yo 62,2% ABV!

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Dear friends, followers and supporters alike, SamuelWhisky is back with yet another review, and this time it's a whisky from the ever exciting Swedish distillery Smögen ! When working the Linköping Whiskyexpo a little more than two weeks ago, Pär Caldenby (the Distillery Manager/Master Distiller of Smögen Distillery) passed by the Edrington stand, upon which I asked if he had any upcoming products that he wanted me to review. To this he replied: "I brought our two upcoming single casks, so just pop by". Believe me, those words were music to my ears. 
Now, the one of these bottlings that...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2019/02/swedish-whisky-from-smogen-distillery.html

Teeling Whiskey – Single Cask Amarone 58,4% ABV!

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Dear friends, followers and supporters alike! Finally it's time for me to review a whiskey from the guys at Teeling again! I have previously reviewed six releases from them (please click here to view them all), but now it's been a while, so it feels really good to have a go at it again! So how did it happen that I got a chance to review this whiskey before it's release?! Well, when working the Linköping Whiskyexpo I had a little chat with Johan Strand, the newly appointed swedish Brand Ambassador for Teeling Whiskey. I simply asked him if there...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2019/02/teeling-whiskey-single-cask-amarone-584.html

Revisiting Swedish Distillery Agitator Whiskymakare!

Dear friends, followers and supporters alike! Today I had the great pleasure to spend yet another great day at Swedish distillery Agitator Whiskymakare ! If you haven’t had the opportunity to read the article from my first visit, please do now by clicking here , and you will find out what makes Agitator such an interesting and exciting distillery. 
While the activities for my first visit was a bit more decided (getting to know, and helping out with, the production process) the activities of this visit were basically undecided.
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Christian, the distillery technician, picked me up at the train station...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2019/02/revisiting-swedish-distillery-agitator.html

Svenska Eldvatten – Silent Swede Sauternes 61,2% ABV!!!

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Dear friends, followers, and supporters alike! When working at the Borlänge Beer and Whiskyfestival in november last year, Peter Sjögren of swedish independent bottler Svenska Eldvatten (Swedish Firewater) came by to tell me that if I wanted to I was welcome to pop by their stand to see if they had anything that I was interested in reviewing. Well, of course I wanted to and of course they had; I instantly spotted their upcoming release Silent Swede (no.3) Sauternes , and so today I bring you my review of it! 
As can be understood from it's name the whisky has been...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2019/01/svenska-eldvatten-silent-swede.html

Swedish distillery Agitator Whiskymakare – three cask samples from the ”Argument Grain”-series!

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Dear friends, followers, and supporters alike! As you might remember I recently posted an "article" on my visit to the new swedish distillery Agitator Whiskymakare (if you haven't read it yet, please click here in order to get a proper sense of the contents in this post). Now, the production process at Agitator is not the only thing that makes it a unique single malt distillery, It is also what kinds and styles of whisky that they intend to produce that is very unique indeed.
Their first offering to the public is in fact the chance to buy in on...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2018/11/swedish-distillery-agitator.html

Swedish Rye Whisky from Hven Distillery – Hvenus 45,6% ABV!

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Dear friends, followers and supporters alike! The day before yesterday I finally received a long awaited package from Swedish Distillery Hven containing their new and highly anticipated release Hvenus  (the package had taken a slight detour via my old hometown Örebro...).  Venus is marketed as a Rye whisky and the following info is provided by the distillery in their product sheet:
"Every batch comprises of 42 casks blended together, aerated and very gently filtered before bottling at 45,6 %vol. No charcoal filtration, no color or sugar added just well- made whisky matured on the best American oak (Quercus Alba) we could...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2018/12/swedish-rye-whisky-from-hven-distillery.html

Elements of Islay – Lp9 [Laphroaig] 54,3% ABV!

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Dear friends, followers, and supporters alike! When working this years Borlänge Beer and Whiskyfestival last weekend ("as usual" for Edrington Sweden), I was very happy that my good friend Tina Sundblom from Clydesdale came by and said: We brought the new Laphroaig from Elements of Islay , if you want to review it do pop by and sample it! . Well folks, that was something I really wanted to review so as you can imagine it did not take me very long to do just that. In fact, ever since I saw Clydesdale post the news on their FB-page that they...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2018/11/elements-of-islay-lp9-laphroaig-543-abv.html

My visit to Swedish Distillery Agitator Whiskymakare!

Dear friends, followers, and supporters alike! On the fourth of maj, when still living in Örebro, I was very, very lucky to pay a visit to the highly interesting and spankingly new Swedish distillery Agitator Whiskymakare located in Arboga (whiskymakare simply means whiskymaker ). I am so happy to have been the first whiskyblogger to visit the distillery by personal invitation from the two distillers/distillery workers Oskar Bruno and Christian Wikström (if you recognise their names it’s probably because they used to produce whisky at now closed Grythyttan Distillery). 
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Oskar to the left, SamuelWhisky in the middle, and Christian to...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2018/11/my-visit-to-swedish-distillery-agitator.html

Highland Park The Light – 17yo 52,9%!

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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...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2018/10/highland-park-light-17yo-529.html

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

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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...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2018/09/longrow-single-chardonnay-cask-for.html

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

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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 oktober in 2011 and the whisky was bottled...

Läs mer http://samuelwhisky.blogspot.com/2018/05/swedish-whisky-from-smogen-distillery.html

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

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