Teerenpeli is a family company, founded in 2002, in the heart of Lathi, Finland. The original distillery was built in the basement of the famous Taivaanranta restaurant, but in 2015 they moved to a much larger building, significantly increasing their production capacity. In the same year they launched the first Finnish 10 years old single malt. In the summer of 2018 this Teerenpeli Savu saw the light of day, their first peated malt. Savu is Finnish for smoke. It is composed of 80% bourbon casks and 20% PX sherry casks.
Interesting nose. And this is not a euphemism. I truly think it is interesting. It is my very first Finnish whisky, by the way. The smoke is the first thing to reach me. No medicinal or coastal notes like you would get from an Islay whisky, but still lots of earth, tar and a bonfire. I imagine myself sitting around a campfire in the wood, with this bottle in my lap, signing songs while somewhat plays the guitar. Anyway, I digress… Underneath the smoke you’ll find apples, pears and even a hint of banana. Almonds and olive oil complete things. Told you: interesting.
Pretty oily in the mouth. Soft and very accessible. The fruit comes first, but is quickly overpowered by lovely smoky notes. This is the Finnish answer to Ledaig, but without the coastal elements. This is a sweet, smoky whisky and I like it very much!
The finish is medium long, dark and sweet and smoky.
Lovely whisky, really. Thanks for the sample, Joel.