High Coast, Quercus IV Mongolica, Single Malt Whisky, Sweden (50.8%)
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High Coast Distillery
High Coast, formerly known as Box Distillery, was founded in 2010, making it one of Sweden’s oldest distilleries and among the world’s most northerly. The distillery produces both heavily peated and unpeated whisky under the watchful eye of production managers Roger Melander and Lars Karlsson, both passionate lovers of whisky themselves. High Coast draw inspiration from both the rugged whiskies of Scotland and the precise beauty of the Japanese style to create something that may well surpass both.
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This unpeated whisky is matured in Bourbon barrels for three years, then transferred to casks of new Mongolian oak, Quercus mongolica. This is arguably the same species as Japanese oak, making for an interesting combination of wood and spirit. The nose is initially closed. But with air, there’s a chiselled fruitiness: green apples and gooseberry, with a whiff of new oak reminiscent of sandalwood. The palate brings bags of spice: clove and nutmeg, balanced against creamy shortbread notes. A touch of tropical fruit bursts on the finish, with more spice lingering.
Jonny McMillan, Business Development Manager, Berry Bros. & Rudd (May 2021)
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