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his is the Entry level expression. I took the liberty of asking Angela about the unusual ABV% of 41,4% and she did say that this level was chosen as it’s better than the basic 40%, and since whisky in Sweden is very expensive, they wanted to keep this expression’s price down. It’s natural colour, and Non chill filtered (so are the next ones we’ll review). This whisky was matured in 200 litres Ex-Bourbon Barrels for about 5 to 6 years vatted with some whisky aged in Quarter casks (first fill sherry) and new Swedish oak. In addition one cask of mackmyra Smokey whisky is added to the vatting for flavouring and complexity. Brukswhisky has won a gold medal at the IWSC 2010 and was rewarded the 2011 “European Whisky of the Year” (95,5 points) in the Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. Pretty impressive, let’s see what we think of it.
nose : Lots of fruit, vanilla and saw dust. some cherry and bubble gum!
Palate: quite fruity, and spicy. very like Kriek beer (cherry) and some spices thrown into it, kind of like a bourbon spiciness, even a rye. quite buttery , a lot of butter, and pepper.
Finish : cherries, sawdust, pears, butter, dying into bitter wood.