Five single malt whiskies from the "New World"
| 11 Feb 2012 |
Teerenpeli 2003, 8 y.o. (Finland):
Fragrant, quite oaky nose (fresh oak, I believe) with white pepper, malt, citrus, honey and vanilla. Youngish but quite nice.
Smooth, fresh and fairly sweet palate with a note of citrus. Develops mint. The minty note carries over into the finish
and is joined by vanilla and a flowery note. Above all, however, the finish is quite oaky and spicy. Disappointing.
All in all it's a little unbalanced and has too much oak which makes it a bit vulgar.
(I think this whisky needs more time, but in less active casks.)
Säntis Malt (Switzerland):
The nose is fruity (citrus flavoured candy, orange peel) and oaky with notes of aged rum, allspice and gunpowder.
A little quiet yet complex and nice. Nice, fruity palate with notes of vanilla, caramelized sugar, black tea and white
pepper. At first mild and sweet then drying and grows more intense. The finish is fruity and peppery (but in a nice
balance) with a note of rum. All in all unusual, quite rum-like, nice but a bit too mild.
(Thanks to Bruno for the sample!)
Fragrant, youthful yet rather nice nose - malty and oaky with vanilla and custard. Also slightly floral with a note of peat.
Light, smooth, fresh palate with malt, citrus and peppermint. The finish is oaky and a little peppery, also fruity (apricot).
All in all youthful, colourful, rowdy even, yet charming, entertaining and quite drinkable.
Spirit of Hven "Urania" 2008, 3 y.o. (Sweden):
Interesting, herbal nose with oak, vanilla and orange peel. Also hints of dried fruits and gingerbread. Nice and promising.
The palate is rich, oaky and powerful. Herbal and aromatic with a note of orange. Oaky, spicy finish with citrus and
peppermint, also a little bitter and a bit too oaky. All in all it's amazingly mature for its age but on the other hand quite oaky
and a little lacking in balance.
Slyrs 2006, 3 y.o. (Germany):
Fragrant, bourbon-like nose with vanilla, oak, apricot, peach and almonds. Nice! Sweet but slightly bitter palate with
oak and vanilla. Oak, white pepper and marzipan on the finish. Fairly dry from the oak yet rather nice. All in all oak and
vanilla dominates, like in a bourbon (but like a rather good bourbon). Unusual but very nice!
(Thanks to Magnus for lending me his bottle!)
All my tasting notes on whisky from the "new world"
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