Thursday, June 22, 2017

Hyvää Juhannusta .. 2017!

Vuosihan sitä taas vierähti niin vikkelään, ettei blogitekstejä ehtinyt saada edes tulille sitten edellisen Juhannuksen. Katsotaan mitä seuraava vuosi tuo keskikesän juhlien jälkeen tullessaan, mutta ainakin Facebookin puolella tulee juttua lyhyempien päivitysten ja kuvien muodossa. 
Tervetuloa seuraamaan:

Viskien tarinoita on tulossa. Valamon VYS-versiota on jo myös maistettu (yllätti positiivisesti). 
Sitä ennen kuitenkin Hyvät Juhannukset vaikkapa Octomoren makujen äärellä! 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Happy Midsummer! Hyvää Juhannusta!

Despite the Brexit news (the flow of Whisky cannot be interrupted!) I wish you all awesome Midsummer and Summer.
Here is a nice Whisky for this summer: 2007 distilled and 2010 bottled one of the first Kilchoman I got to know!

Enjoy your dram!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Teerenpeli Kaski : update

Every whisky has that moment. It is the point of no return, when you pour last dram out of the bottle and then it is empty. It is no more. It was unique at the best, relief at worst.

I noticed that my original blog post about Teerenpeli Kaski, which I wrote three years ago, did not do it justice after all. Check the post, but beware: it is written in Finnish:

What has changed in three years? 

Of course I have changed. I have walked on my road, found new treasures and lots of tastes in the Whisky world. Perhaps it has shown me a lots more of shades to this drams.

Time has also changed Kaski. It has gasped air, it has traveled and it has been sleeping in my closet. In a sense, it has "matured". Not in a barrel-sense, but all that air has done some changes. Especially after the bottle had less than 1/3 of it's content left.

So there it was. And the bottle was empty.

What took me by the surprise, was that how good Kaski felt. It had much more broader shoulders than three, or even two, years ago. There was depth and soul. There was even some smoke present in all that complex form.

Overall, the experience was into the standards I expected of Kaski three years ago. Perhaps I have changed more than the whisky, but frankly I don't care. Man can change. Man's nature can change. Whisky can change too. This is evolution, not the final stop.

What can change the nature of the..
I have found that last drops of strong flavored drams (peatsmoke) usually only get better and better. The air does change it, which is great - you can live with the Whisky and experience all sides of it. Meanwhile you will have much more contrast, since you obviously have sampled some other whiskies during those years.

I hope the same effect will happen to my Hosa ( ) as well. It still has plently of content, so I might just sip it carefully every few months.. Just make sure about it's quality and observe the change.

Dram on! Let's enjoy the world of whisky in all it's forms!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Vintage Finnish Whisky ads

My friend found some old newspapers from the year 1932 and saw there something that he knew I would be interested about. Not that many of those whiskies are around these days.

These days you are not allowed to advertise whisky in newspapers anymore - at least not in Finland.
It would be good to store some of the current ads, they would be interesting to check out in 70-80 years from now.

What is the most interesting whisky ad you have seen so far?

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy 2016!

It has been quite a year. The last month of the year got me much more surprises and news than I thought, but looking whisky-wise the current year also tells the sad story where smoky drams have higher prices which means less experiences on the tasting table. However, there has been excellent drams and drams that have surprised me on their second/third tasting time.

The highlights of the 2015
Best Smoky Dram of the 2015: Octomore 7.2.
Best Surprise Dram: Rugen Distillery 43

And of course our whisky themed wedding is on my highlights, as well as a tasting with friends having more than 20 drams in six hours.

It is also interesting to note, that I’ve written much less blog articles this year than earlier. 2015: 32, 2014: 61, 2013:77 (best so far)

Have a safe celebration and have a Excellent Year 2016!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Twice the fun at Teerenpeli: TallinkSilja Portwood and “the barrel”

Teerenpeli is one of the oldest whisky distilleries in Finland. They started their distillations 2002, so it will be a while until they will celebrate their 100th year.  However, they have passed their 10 years old mark already, which is starting to show more in the quality.
I managed to get myself into Turku Teerenpeli some time ago, and there were two very interesting choices to sample. I’ve noticed that in bars the overall experience with whiskies is always much more shallow than it is at home or another more suitable environment – but at least you get a nice idea what those whiskies are.
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Teerenpeli TallinkSilja Portwood

This the the Teerenpeli whisky that is being sold in TallinkSilja cruise boats sailing on the Baltic sea. While I’ve had great encounters with Portwoods, I was looking forward to taste this one. The nose was strong, sweet and it had some woodcask in it. Not bad, but nothing special.

The palate’s first impression was a burn. This dram burns much more than it should. After the first shockwave, it organized itself into more sweet line, showing signs of depth. The depth disappears towards the end sooner than I was expecting. Due to this one’s smoldering hot iron start, I added some water – which is an exception. It made the overall experience a lot better, cooling down the worst burn and energized the dram for a wider range of taste.

Teerenpeli cask 10 yo

Teerenpeli2 Teerenpeli bars have their own casks for this whisky. The interesting is that those 16 liter casks had earlier Pedro Ximenes sherry and in the cask the whisky is maturing/finishing every day. So if you taste it once, you can to get back there to check how it has changed in some months.. They are cask strength (58.5%) so I was getting ready for some intense meeting.
The nose is … whisky. Raw, spikey, bourbon. Some oak and a bits of sherry.
The palate however, is from a another world. It is strong – yes, wide, intense and seducing. Sherry gets mixed with Vanilla in a way I don’t recall earlier (a positive). This is already the best Teerenpeli whisky I’ve had so far! The whisky has a interesting rough structure, which marks the map with X and gives it +5 boost.
Learning from the previous dram, I added some water into this one too. It helps to bring out oak and vanilla, resulting a more complex result.
The nose after finish is a splendid one, sherry mixed vanilla reminded me a lot about Cuban result.

Friday, November 13, 2015

43 different shades of Switzerland, Rugen Distillery: Forty 43 Three whisky

This is something that does not walk onto your door every day. To be frank, I hadn’t event looked up before if they do make Swiss whisky or not – so this was a very bright flash from the dark blue sky.
What is known about the Rugen Distillery? On July 1st in the year of 1999 the laws in Switzerland changed so that it made possible to produce whisky in those mountain valleys. the first Swiss whisky came out 2003 under the name “Mountain Highland” – and it was a single cask. I suppose, it was JUST the cask that appeared on the first year. The production went on in small quantities, until 2008 they produced their first Swiss Highland Single Malt.  Rugen Distillery was opened 2011, and they now do their magic in the shadow of one Rugen mountain (and under one roof). They do have a long history with brewing beer, since they’ve been doing it over 100 years already.
What about this dram then? The facts are that it is at least three years old (NAS), it is distilled gently in two steps and it is tamed down to drinkable percentage (43%). The interesting fact is also that the maturation happens in select oak barrels, that are resting in Rugen bedrock cellars which date back to year 1875.

The color is very similar to Scottish Highlanders and Belgian Own Whisky: amber.
The nose is my favorite part: sweet, honey, balanced, floral notes and some vanilla.  Not bad, not bad at all.

The palate is also very sweet. But after the while you can pick up Swiss chocolate and not that Swiss coffee from it rather easily. As time passes, the fire begins to burn hotter but it still remains sweet. Just add a bits of oil and the result is a enjoyable one.
At my first tasting, I was drinking the freshly opened “neck” out of this bottle. It’s nose was good, but the palate had not that much taste in it. So I do recommend to try this again after a few days, in case you need to start a fresh bottle in a tasting. Or give it a lots of air before tasting it.
It is apparent, that the whisky is young – very young – but it is ok, especially if you are looking for something Highlandish and without any smoke. This is sweet, and would work nicely as a after dessert dram too. I hope they plan to mature their whisky a longer time in those casks, just to see how this one evolves.