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High Coast Hav Batch 1 Single Malt

  • High Coast Hav Batch 1 Single Malt

High Coast Hav Batch 1 Single Malt

  • Availability: In Stock
  • Quantity Available: 4
  • SKU #: 10135
  • $59.99


High Coast Hav Batch 1 Single Malt

  • Availability: In Stock
  • Quantity Available: 4
  • SKU #: 10135
  • $59.99


High Coast Hav Batch 1 Single Malt

93 Points, #6 of the Top 20 Whiskies for 2021, Whisky Advocate.

A culture of high-quality craftsmanship, innovation, and environmental consciousness sets Nordic whiskies apart from other world whiskies. Hav, Swedish for the sea, is part of High Coast’s exceptional Origins series, and its flavor shorthand is oak spice. Wood spices, peat smoke, vanilla cream, and orange peel on the nose precede a lush palate of fruit and spice displaying sweet apricot, peach, honey, and dried tropical fruits, with a lengthy, spicy finish. Matured in bourbon casks, it mingles batches of peated and unpeated spirit, with some components receiving an accelerator period in 40-liter casks coopered from Hungarian and Swedish oak. —Jonny McCormick

This has an aroma set of bar-b-que, fresh grains, orchard fruits, and light iodine on the front end that gives way to sea spray and honey. On the palate an initial hit of iodine and sea spray give way to textured orchard fruits, a mouth coating viscosity and a hint of oak spice. D&M Tasting Notes

This is a whisky that has truly emerged out of the extremes of human habitation. Sweden as a country has long enjoyed the pleasures of whisky, though it has been relatively recently that they have produced whisky on their own. (The first Swedish distillery only lasted 16 years from the 1950s through the 1970s.) The modern Swedish whisky production entered the new millennium when a group of friends from the Royal Institute of Technology turned their love of Scotch into the first new distillery in 30 years with Mackmyra in 2002. Eight years later Box distillery would enter the whisky game in a former wooden box factory along the Ångermanälven (Ångerman) river 310 miles north of Stockholm. (After a legal tussle with an existing Swedish company called Box, they changed their brand name to High Coast in 2018.)

Roger Melander the distillery manager and his team set about choosing their setup and recipe. Their water comes from Bålsjön, a spring lake with an additional charcoal and sand filtration. Their unpeated grain comes from southern Sweden and is a Pilsner malt. Sourcing for their peated barley was a bit of a challenge as there are no large scale producers of peated barley in the country. As Melander once said about this little challenge: “The only producer making peated malt in Sweden is on the island of Gotland, but he is making peated malt for homebrewers that want to have 250 grams in an envelope. I want 25 tons each time, it’s a bloody big envelope.” As a result most of the peated barley come from Denmark or Scotland, with in-grain phenols of 31 and 46ppm. They settled on a French distillery strain that gives the mash a fruity note over its long 82 hour fermentation. With their recipe set they proceeded to production. They initially used three washbacks and two small pot stills with an aim for 90,000 liters of total production. They distill seven days a week, and up to two batches a day, giving them quite a variation of base distillates across the seasons. With the cold river running by their distillery they are able to use it to cool their condensers. In the winter their new make temperature is two and a half degrees celsius, while in Scotland the average distiller’s new make comes off the still at 20 degrees celsius. The new make is then transferred to small virgin 40 liter Swedish and Hungarian casks for 3-4 months. From there the whiskey is transferred to ex-Bourbon barrels to age. This bottle is called Hav, which is Swedish for ocean. It is the first batch released after their legal tussle and name change and is made up of 75% unpeated and 25% peated barley. Looking at the tech sheets from the distillery, the barrels that make up this batch are between five and seven years old with an average age of 6.26 years. Michael Kennel, D&M



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