Kyrö Malt

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Malt Rye Whisky
American white oak
47.2 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
17 Aug 2020 9:49 pm by Swallow83

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€ 51.78

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Whisky Reviews for Kyrö Malt

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.95 points

  1. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Thank you Finland. A very distinctive rye full of character that tastes good nonetheless. Kippis.
    • Nose
      Smells like sauna. Fresh wood, coniferous wood, honey, birch leaves. Sweet, spicy and independent.
    • Taste
      Beautiful powerful start. Immediately the bitterness of the roe, a citrus acidity, subtle vanilla and also sweetness in the background.
    • Finish
      The finish shows wood, resin, mint, bitter rye, spice and a hint of birch bark liqueur.

  2. St. Pauli scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    It's a nice surprise to drink a whisky from Finland, it's my first. It's not to be compared with a single malt, as this is a "rye malt": exlclusive use of rye.

    Where rye usually is associated with spices, this whisky somehow shows that this is not always entirely true. It reminds me of grappa, hence it has a very fruity twist. Not that there is no spice involved, but it's milder than you would expect.

    Further, this whisky is both a bit yeasty/bready and also quite sweet-associated (honey, syrup, vanilla cream). I am not sure what to think of that. It could be a combination of maturing spirit with the effect of overly active wood. Hence I would be interested in tasting a Kyrö matured in some less active wood.
    • Nose
      82 82
      After pouring, the nose reminds me of grappa. I've had both unaged grappa (Poli's Traminer-Grappa) and aged Grappa that seem to have very similar smells. The fruity side soon fades a little, in favour of some wood notes (wooden planks and some developing vanillins). Gradually, spicy rye elements shine through. Pine needle, juniper, rye bread. Apart from the grape-like smells, there is a tiny citric edge.
    • Taste
      81 81
      The palate starts a bit thin and acidic, but gradually develops into a sweet rye malt. It's quite fruity and syrupy for a rye: tinned peach, gewürztraminer grape, honey, vanilla milkshake, pear drop, cake frosting. There is still a malty side on rye bread, and a spicy side of ginger and juniper.
    • Finish
      81 81
      The spicy side (cinnamon, ginger) prevails now, together with a yeasty /malty touch of unbaked bread, still some syrup to balance it, and some vanilla cream.

  3. Apotheker106 scored this whisky 83 points Newbie

    All in all a young, fresh, robust and edgy Rye that makes the rough climate of Finland tangible. I liked it.
    • Nose
      Immediately jump to the nose young and fresh. A slight acidity of citrus fruits, reminiscent of grapefruit. Immature, still hard and sour plums. In the background sweet notes, caramel, vanilla and the spice of rye. Over time, the acid disappears and leaves more space for the rye. On the nose now freshly baked rye sourdough bread with ripe, sweet grapes. Some yeast.
    • Taste
      In the mouth the acid settles down even more and takes on a milder, fruity character. Rye bread, this time with raisins and not as a sourdough. A hint of prunes, a little honey. The bitterness of the wood is present, as is a little more spice.
    • Finish
      The finish is comparatively short. The fruits disappear quickly, a doughy-spicy note remains, which is more and more replaced by the bitterness of the wood.

  4. peatbogger scored this whisky 79 points Specialist

    My first Finish whisky. And like any from a country without a specific whisky tradition I approach it without prejudice or too high expectations.
    Simple but promising.
    • Nose
      78 78
      Sweet, some spices and some raw wood notes.
      The age is given, but I think it would have been hard to try hide it's youth.
      The rye character is getting more through as it sits for a while.
      Some fruity notes swirling around. Apricot, peach, maybe a hint of banana bread.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Sweeter than the nose. Also more spicy.
      The wood is dry with a bit of resinous bitterness.
      Right after swallowing the youth of the spirit is again very noticeable.
    • Finish
      79 79
      The fruits make an encore in the finish.
      Not easy to define, but it's mostly sweet.

  5. pere scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    Nose: Spicy, sweetish, some quite fresh wood, dark sugar, oak. With water some citrus notes.

    Taste: Bit drier, spicy, brown, dark sugar, a hint of honey. Gets sweeter and more woody with water.

    In comparison the Pre-Release No.5 is lighter, drier and not that spicy, but also more fruity.

  6. Darko_Dramz scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      the first thing that hits my nose is a powerful note of orange zest. Behind it, strong rye bread, fresh wood and vanilla. Then again fruit in the form of peaches and red apples. Some cinnamon and honey in the background
    • Taste
      The rye is even more pronounced in the mouth than in the nose. Herb drops, vanilla, oranges and apricots follow.
    • Finish
      Rye also dominates here. Behind oranges and peaches. A creaminess lingers in the mouth for a long time

  7. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A nice rye whisky. In particular, the aromas in the nose are pleasing due to their complexity. On the palate, then somewhat decreasing variety
    • Nose
      85 85
      Sweetness, pear, rye spice, solvent, some wood, gingerbread spice, black tea, rice pudding with cinnamon and sugar
    • Taste
      83 83
      Sweet and soft, rye spice, well-integrated alcohol
    • Finish
      83 83
      Surprisingly long finish with a strong bite, rye, toasted wood, gum, pear, some malt

  8. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    S 5
    Surprisingly sweet and smooth on nose and palate. Finish lack complexity. Rye character exploded after leaving it to breathe for 10 minutes.

    N 25
    Quite oaky on the first sniff
    Refreshingly fruity, peach
    Subtle chilli spice hiding behind the sweet nose
    More spice when let it breath

    P 23
    Very vanillic
    Creamy sweetness
    Spice (mostly pepper) hasn’t surfaced until the point of swallowing
    More rye when let it breath

    F 22
    Mid-dry finish
    Gentle spice (pepper) lingering
    Touch of caramel, mint

  9. Sporx scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Vanilla, dried fruits, juniper, moist spruce forest

    Sweet, rye bread, dry, spicy, young

    Medium long, dry, spicy

  10. larswehmeier scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    My first Finnish whisky and a malt rye, 100% made from malted rye.

    The master distiller described the barrel composition in the tasting with 50% Virgin American White Oak Casks, 48% Ex-Bourbon Casks and 2% 1st fill Ex-Oloroso Casks.
    • Nose
      Malty and quite spicy on the first impression. Lots of bread and toasted aromas. Then herbaceous. Gets sweeter over time. Lots of honey. Apricot. Some apple.
    • Taste
      Strong start (but it was also the first whisky of the day). Pleasantly cute. Lots of honey. Sweet rye bread.
    • Finish
      Relatively short, mild, sweet.


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