Smögen, Swedish Puncheons, 8-Year-Old, Single Malt Whisky, Sweden (56%)
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The industrious Pär Caldenby started distilling at Smögen in 2010, producing under 100 casks per year. Although the distillery may be small volume-wise, it produces whiskies of robust character, driven by long fermentations, worm tub condensers and use of heavily peated malt. Smögen has rightly become a Nordic cult favourite.
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Whisky like this is one reason I love this job, as I get to see the hard work and talent of the producer blossom into fully fledged liquid-genius. This is richly textured and emphatically flavourful either with, or without, a splash of water. This beguiling Smögen shows a restrained peatiness on the nose, that grows broader and rounder from the palate to the finish, culminating with a glorious smoked-spice crescendo.
Rob Whitehead, Spirits buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd (Jun 2022)
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