Whisky Review #188 Mackmyra ‘Den Första Utgåvan’ 46.1%

mackmyraLet’s have another go at Mackmyra. This one is actually partially matured in swedish oak. Also, an unkown amount of this stuff has been matured in 100 liter barrels, which I’m guessing has helped boost the maturation process in this rather young swedish malt.

On the nose: Light fruits, dried apricots, honey and sweet and fruity mint. More bourbon notes with water added. Some dried grass.

On the palate: Sweet and herbal. Very wet mouthfeel. Grassy lemon notes as well as oak(uncharred oak). Less spirity and sharp with a drop of water added. Opens up for more floral notes. Definitely best with water. Some bitterness and vanilla in the finish.

Not the best Mackmyra, in my opinion, although it is very drinkable. Still sort of raw and unrefined.

79/100 points

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Whisky Review #187 Jim Beam Rye 40%

jimbeamryeA four year old rye from Jim Beam now, with a mashbill containing 51% rye, so barely legal…

On the nose: Maplesyrup, licorice, anise, brown sugar, stevia, mild pepper and a hint of cinnamon. With water, a mellow oakyness appears  as well as hints of vanilla, pears and cinnamon.

On the palate: Sweet. Sweet wood and brown sugar. Not a lot going on here. Some overbrewed green tea, maybe. Some grass, once water is added. The finish has maplesyrup, green fruits and red, overripe apples.

Decent stuff, allthough the rye is indeed not as prominent in this one as it was in the previous one from High West. But it works, now let’s leave it at that.

81/100 points

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Whisky Review #186 High West ‘Rendezvous Rye’ 46%

highwestRendezvous Rye, from the High West distillery in Utah, is a mix of two rye whiskeys – one 6 year old and one 16 year old. Since High West distillery has yet to release a self produced whiskey of this age, it must mean that the whiskeys in this bottle is sourced from either one or two undisclosed distilleries. Which one/ones I have no idea.

Batch: 12B21, bottle: 3132

On the nose: Yes! Intensely spicy with roasted peppers and mocca. Quite syrupy with hints of candied almonds, dry charred oak and fruit tobacco. Hints of panna cotta/creme brulee and honey with water.

On the palate: Dark spices and spiced rum(minus the sweetness). Perfumey. Hints of toffee, blackcurrants and Dr.Pepper. Hints of pine cones/pine needles with water. The finish is rich, concentrated and long with brown sugar, coffee, woodsap and more Dr. Pepper.

Delicious whiskey, packed with flavour.

88/100 points

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A bunch of beer!

Okay, so yesterday me and a few friends arranged a beer tasting over at my friend’s house. A lot of good and interesting beers were tried, and here’s a few of them. Quick and dirty.

arctic circleHuvila Arctic Circle Ale 7.3% / Malmgård Brewery, Finland

Hazy brown. Light and refreshing on the nose with hints of floral hops and coffee. The palate is spicy with hints of chocolate and dark roasted malt. Rich and smooth.

Quite delicious, indeedy.

84-ish/100 points


Slogen Brown Ale 4.7%slogen Batch: 132 / Trollbryggeriet, Norway

Clear brown with a with a head that’s quickly fading. Sharper in a way than the previous one. Hints of nuts and caramel. The palate is a bit thin with hints of sweet malt. More bitterness in the finish.

NB! This one was expired.

65-ish/100 points


Tiger Tripel 9% Batch: 995tigertripel / Nøgne Ø Brewery, Norway

Golden and hazy appearance, almost honey. On the nose it has sweet citrus and floral honey. Smells belgian. The palate is sweet and floral as well, with hints of oranges and light fruits.

All though this is a very decent tripel, I’m starting to realize that belgian beer in general is not quite my cup of tea(except for lambics).

70-ish/100 points

hesjHesjeøl/Harvest Ale 6.5 Batch: 728 / Haandbryggeriet, Norway

Hazy golden. Some smoke and dried grass/straws on the nose. Floral. Sausages on a bonfire/burnt salt meat, dried grass and ash on the palate.

Love this stuff!

89-ish/100 points


modusoperandiModus Operandi 7% / The Wild Beer Company, England

Hazy brown. Sour Coca-Cola, sweet wood and grapefruit on the nose. The palate has sour wine gums, some smoke, unripe fruits and green apples. Almost like sour, old and cold coffee.

Certainly very interesting stuff.

80-ish/100 points

amarillocitraIPA Amarillo and Citra 5.9% / Ugly Duck Brewing Co, Denmark

Light, hazy, golden! Hops, wet grass and wood sap. Sour hops on the palate and hint of soap. Refreshing stuff with a long and lingering finish.

Heavy on the hops, lovely.



Snake Dog IPA 7.1% / Flying Dogsnakedog Brewery, USA

Clear orange. Sweet and juicy clementines, fresh hops. The palate has citric hops and iron. Bitterness in the finish.

A relatively light and easy going IPA.

85ish/100 points


coisboAstoria Black 7.2% / Coisbo Beer, Denmark

Black! The nose has coffee, cherries and dark chocolate/cocoa. Dry roasted malt, coffee and earth on the palate.

Very much to my liking.

83-ish/100 points



Sunturnbrew 11% / Nøgne Ø Brewery,sunturnbrew Norway

Dark, dark brown. The nose has sweet chocolate, vanilla and spices. Sweet, concentrated and fruity on the palate. Coffee with sugar in it.

A bit too much on the sweet side, at least for my tastebuds.

81-ish/100 points

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Whisky Review #185 The Six Isles 43%

sixislesAnother malt blend, this time from Ian Macleod. This one consists of single malts from the six whisky producing scottish Isles(Islay, Jura, Arran, Mull, Orkney and Skye), hence the name.

On the nose: Sour smoke, wet grass, butter, salt and a tiny hint of green mint. More herbal with water. Hints of earth, peat and heather.

On the palate: Sweet ash, burnt popcorn, salt and smoke. A sweet and sort of artificial woody note appears once water is added. The finish has sweet smoke and hay. More bitterness with water.

Verdict: Uncomplicated and easy going stuff that improves quite a bit when given time. Not a fan of the burnt popcorn notes, though, but other than that it’s a pretty decent dram.

80/100 points

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Beer in whisk(e)y casks, Part 6 – Ægir

So Ægir brewery and Mackmyra distillery has been doing some cask swapping lately(see Mackmyra Ægir’s Bior) and I like that. It’s always fun when brewers and distillers do something different from time to time. Gævle ‘Wee Heavy Barrel’ is a scotch ale style of beer matured in hogsheads from Mackmyra.

ægirABV: 7%

Appearance: Dark red/brown-ish with a thick cappuchino foam.

On the nose: Sweet, sticky, syrupy malt. Caramel and a whiff of oak. Also a hint of chocolate, the cheap kind you find in advent calendars.

On the palate: Still sweet with hints of caramel, almonds and vanilla. Not a lot happening in the finish. Some sweetness.

Decent stuff, but where’s the peat I was promised on the label?

74/100 points


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Whisky Review #184 Talisker 25yo 57.2%

tal25Distilled 1980, bottled 2005. 15600 bottles in total.

On the nose: Sweet spices and oak in a wonderful, complex symphony. Sour oak, quite prominent given it’s age. Hints of smoked klosterkaas(cheese), hemp ropes, pear sorbet, lime and earth. With water I’m getting more oak, honey and spices. Even some salt licorice lurking in the background.

On the palate: Salt earth and peat, oak, alcohol, hairspray(!!!), burnt wood and some smoke. More pepper and burnt wood with water. The finish has a sweet grassy note to it with some dry wood and bitter herbs. More bitterness with water.

Loads of woody notes, but still very, very drinkable.

87/100 points

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Whisky Review #183 Talisker 10yo 45.8%

taliskerStandard stuff from the Isle of Skye.

On the nose: Smoke, seasalt, hay/straw, charred wood, spices and some sort of dark berry jam. Dry, unripe gooseberries. More fruit with water. Even some lemon sweets.

On the palate: Sweet and salt smoke, salt beach sand and black pepper. Quite spicy. Sweeter with water added. More salt and less smoke. Some dry grass. The finish has sour/sweet peat smoke and drying lemonpeel.

Good stuff.

87/100 points

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Whisky Review #182 Gjoleid ‘Svenneprøven’ Sherry Cask #9305 47%

gjoHere’s something a bit unusual. This is a 3,5 year old norwegian whisky distilled at Arcus distillery. The label of this bottle is ridiculously informative, which I quite like to be honest, and states everything from the different types of malt used(both wheat and barley malt!) to yeast varieties. It even states the temprature it’s been maturing in(!). Anyway, the whisky I’m reviewing is from bottle no.1074 out of 1221.

On the nose: Sweet malt, oatmeal, burnt popcorn, butter, subtle spices and wet cardboard. After a while the sherry becomes more prominent with a dry spicyness. Vanilla pods with water.

On the palate: Warm with hints of oatmeal again. Sweet herbs also. The mouthfeel is a bit funky, almost feels like it’s expanding in the mouth. Cinnamon buns with water. The finish is sweet and simplistic with warm spices.

Simple, decent and honest stuff. I especially liked the nose once it settled down a bit in the glass.

80/100 points

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Whisky Review #181 Tomintoul 27yo 40%

tomintoulA quicky now, from Tomintoul distillery.

On the nose: Sweet with light spices. Spiced honey, sherry and oak. Richer and fuller with a tiny drop of water in it. More honey.

On the palate: A bit thin but very clean and decent. Sweet sherry here as well. Some maplesyrup and malt. Water makes it more interesting with more oak spices and honey. The finish is sweet with light and spicy sherry wood. Medium length.

A bit boring and textbooky, in my opinion.

81/100 points

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