In the grand scheme of things, trying 30 whiskies is no big deal.
But when you live in India and those happen to be European whiskies… it is an accomplishment!
Let’s face it, exploring the world of whiskies behind a crazy custom’s “curtain” that restricts access not just bringing into India but state by state… means relying on individuals making an effort to source directly from far-flung lands rather than simply strolling over to a corner liquor store.
Hence it is indeed a celebration – with thanks – to share a summary of European samples! Now… just providing a list alone isn’t fun.. so with each, I’ve shared a fleeting impression so you can see what might peak your interest to read more…
- Czech – Hammer Head 23 year 40.7% – Historic novelty though not a great dram
- Danica NAS 42% (unpeated) – Danish delight or merely decent?
- Stauning Young Rye (2010/2011) 49.3% – Raw rye experiment
- Stauning Peated 2nd Edition 55% – Minimalist peat and sweet
- Teerenpeli 10 year 43% – Outstanding!!! One to sip and savour
- Teerenpeli Kaski 43% – Cinnamon spice and everything nice – our ‘happy place’
- Armorik Classic 46% – Sweet currents, cereals, simple, spicy
- AWA Pinot Noire 42% – Playful fruity fun and likeable
- Brenne Estate Cask 40% – Delightful, appetizer or desert whisky
- Guillon Banyuls 43% – Perfume, whisky or…?
- Kornog Taourac’h Trived 10 BC 46% (2010) – Perfect gentleman to rogue – marvellous!
- Kornog Taouarc’h Pempved 14 BC 46% (2014) – Sigh… a disappointment
- Kornog (2013) 58.7% (Auld Alliance) – What began my affair with Kornog – distinctly different and made me want to explore more!
- Germany – Slyrs 51 NAS 51% – A bit forceful and literal yet relaxes with water
- Iceland – Floki Young Malt 47% – A bit raw almost malt… let’s see what next
- Puni Nova, Alba and Alba Marsala Islay 43% – From subtly inviting to a puzzle and attention grabber
- Puni Alba Batch #2 (2015) 43% – Deceptive, duality – unabashedly untraditional and quite impressive
- Norway – Audny 4 year, Series 3 46% – Quite herbaceous… nose had promise, the balance… err… not for us!
- Box Whisky The Festival 2015 54.5% – Understated, asks you to sit, sip and savour
- Box Whisky Shareholders 2016 3 year 52% – Lots of ripe fruits, smoky spice with a dry finish
- Mackmyra 3 Year Bachair Private Cask – Smoke pine, sweet grass, smooth then opened into wildfire, quite distinctive
- Mackmyra 8 Year Dram Good Whisky – More subtle that the 1st drop, juniper, mineral and herbal
- Mackmyra 3 Year Preludium 01 De Första Dropparna 55.6% – What a unique insight into an early Mackmyra
- Mackmyra Svensk Rok 46.1% – Minimalist, juniper, woodsy, light smoke – think ski lodge by a warm fireplace
- Mackmyra Vinterdröm 46.1% – Sweet, spice, sharp with Caribbean twist
- Smögen Single Cask 7/2011 4 year old 57.3% – Sweet caramel, nutty marzipan, smoked oak… Want more!
- Smögen Sherry Project 1:4 57.2% – Sooooo sweet on the nose, bitter on the palate with a dancing spice finish
- Spirit of Hven Tycho’s Star 41.8% – Hickory bacon, rich dark fruit, walnuts – yum!
- Switzerland – Langatun Old Bear (2010) Smoky 62.8%
Many of the Nordic whiskies came compliments of
The Europe page is continuously updated as we explore more whiskies, so feel free to check back anytime to read of more!
PS – Anyone spot the ‘malted spirit’ rather than proper whisky??
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That’s a fantastic list, Carissa! Personally, I loved the Hammerhead when I drank it at a friend’s place. Though I have to admit that the adventurous story to this whisky might have influenced my perception at least a tiny bit. 😉 Other than that, I also had the Puni Alba from your list (which really impressed me) and various Armoriks, Mackmyras and Boxs. I’ve also been reading a lot of good things about Stauning but have yet to try their spirits myself. All in all, Europe’s really doing mighty fine at the moment whiskywise. Glen Els is another distillery from over here (located in the Harz Mountains in Germany) that I am a big fan of!
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Delighted you’ve also been exploring European whiskies! To be fair, we tried the Hammerhead with Nikka from the Barrel & Mortlach. But the Puni Alba? It is indeed impressive! Will need to keep an eye out for Glen Els – not tried anything from that distillery yet. Thanks for the recommendation!
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Wow! These poetic descriptions of flavors have inspired me to try new varieties 😉 A wonderful post!
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Glad you enjoyed!!