Sweden: On the 20th of November Smögen whisky will release two bottlings at Systembolaget. One – Smögen single cask 20/2011 – is a single cask ex Maker’s Mark cask bottling, bottled at 60.9%. 295 bottles of 500 ml will be made available. The second bottling – Smögen Sherry Project 1:1 – has been finished in sherry casks, is bottled at 52% and 595 bottles of 500 ml wil be made available. The latter is listed as “övrig sprit” (other spirits) rather than whisky for some reason, though Smögen say it was filled in casks in July 2011 and bottled in September 2014, which makes it three years old by a healthy margin. Whiskyblogg.se has tasting notes for the single cask and Whisky Saga for the Sherry Project.
Sweden: Also on release at Systembolaget in November is Box The Challenger, at 48.2%. The date for this bottling is the 27th, and a pre-release was held at various Swedish pubs on the 13th.
I will be ready to order on the 27th myself, the jury is still out on the 20th, but I have to admit it’s tempting.
Lot number L9 344 16125.
Nose: Smoke, dried apricots and banana.
Palate: Cold smoke and malt. With water more malt, banana and light smoke.
Comments: Very, very nice.
From a barrel with cask number 1782, June 1998-2010.
Nose: Clementine peel, especially the white part, quite sweet malt, grist (a lot of flour), leather sofas. With water the grist solidifies into whole barley and I get some lemon as well.
Palate: Asphalt dust, cold smoke and coal.
Comments: Yummy. Very nice mix of grains/grist and smoke.
Nose: Lightly sulfury, dried apricots, dried apples, a lot of malt, a little cardboard and some smoke.
Palate: Light smoke, sulfur and farmyard.
Comments: Though mostly a curiosity, I am left with my usual impression when it comes to newmake: They could bottle this and I’d gladly buy it.
Nose: Smoked fudge. With water it develops into smoked cardboard box.
Palate: Foam banana sweets dusted with sugar that have spent som time in the smoke oven (or perhaps the kiln).
Comments: As a peatfreak I naturally like this. However it’s not complex enough, neither is it THAT good, so I wouldn’t consider buying a bottle. But if you’re offering I’ll have another dram.
Nose: Whiskysoaked raisins. With water it develops sauna notes, a hint of smoke and after a while toffee.
Palate: Sherry cask and wood chip. With water orange marmelade.
Comments: Nice, but not exactly overwhelming.