This is a strange one! It’s very, very bitter, without much sweetness at all on the palate or finish… but it’s also kind of good! This whisky brought up lots of memories of snowy winter walks, in case you couldn’t tell. As far as what scotch this might compare too, I actually tried it blind before writing this review and thought it was a Ledaig. It’s missing the coastal elements, but it’s got that heavy peat and the vegetal notes. I’d recommend this to people who want pure smoke in their whisky, without all this “sweetness” and “balance” nonsense.
Raw and peaty. Quite ashy, with white pepper and a bit of kerosene. Complex green notes: fragrant fresh jalapeno and lemongrass, as well as mustier herb notes of bay leaf, dried mint, licorice root, tomato vine, and thyme. Earthy barley, damp hay, and floor of a deep-winter log cabin. Soft sweet flavours of pear and gentle vanilla. Blueberry? Is that just because this is a Swedish whisky? Oh, as it sits, definitely blueberry, and lime as well.
Medium texture. Bitter and earthy on the arrival, with various root vegetables. Ashy peat smoke on the development. Quite dark, earthy, and vegetal. Lots of tobacco, old leather, musty basement.
Sweetness only appears once the whisky has sat for a while – now there’s some soft barley and lemon on the arrival.
Medium-long and bitter. Campfire ash, cool oak, suede, and mud. A snowy creek in the winter forest, trickling into frozen wetlands. White pepper and a hint of nutmeg. A tiny hint of sweet malt and lime zest.