Single malt from Sweden.
Today, single malt from Sweden – Smögen.
The distillery was founded in 2009 by Pär Caldenby – a lawyer and whisky enthusiast. It is located on a farm near Hunnebostrand north of Göteborg. Its name comes from the nearby island of Smögen.
In my glass I have got Smögen 4 years old, single cask #7/2011, Sauternes Barrique, cask strength 57.3% ABV. I assume that the color is natural, and the whisky is unchillfiltered.
I got the sample from a friend Thomas Øhrbom, a great connoisseur of Nordic whisky, whose blog you can read at this link: Whisky Saga.
N: ooo … I have here peat with some burned wood, then definitely a lot of red wine elements and gentle nostrils teasing – 57.3% ABV, dark chocolate, Wedel’s chocolate barrels, prunes in chocolate, cocoa, ginger, lemon drop, it is stable and quite intense, feels older than 4 years, it may be a merit of aging in first fill Sauternes Barrique; the addition of water has highlighted more tones of peat such as wet earth, distant campfire, some dry hay, further I have dried apricots, candied fruits, quinces and hard candy;
T: it is spreading rapidly in the mouth and sparks, sweet, sometimes even liqueurish, fruity, very interesting, I have here prunes in chocolate, candied cherries, traces of peat, a drop of lemon and ginger; with time it is more dry with tannins; here also water strengthened peated side of this whisky and has highlighted the sweetness and fruits;
F: even long, dry with tannins and prunes in chocolate.
I’m impressed by Smögen 4 years old, Single Cask #7/2011, 57.3% ABV. This is of course a young whisky but very good.
The great advantage for the tasting experience here is definitely a natural presentation of single cask and aging in first fill Sauterness Barrique.
Thank you for the sample, Thomas. It was a pleasure to taste it.