Bivrost Highland Single Malt 10 YO
Bivrost Highland Single Malt 10 YO, 43 %
Norwegian company Aurora Spirit launched the Bivrost Highland Single Malt 10 YO in March 2015. This is a collaboration with independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail. They do not disclose which Highland distillery has produced the spirit, so we are left to guess.
Aurora Spirit is currently building an Arctic whisky distillery in Norway. Whisky Saga will of course follow this project as it progresses.
The name 'Bivrost' is taken from Norse mythology. Bifröst (alternatively Bilröst or Bivrost) is a burning rainbow bridge that reaches between Midgard (the world) and Asgard, the realm of the gods (more here).
The Bivrost Highland Single Malt 10 YO is for sale in Norway only (for now?), and sells for NOK 644 (2145201).
Nose (21/25): Light and delicate nose. Fruity and floral, with a touch of honey sweetness. Apples, some citrus, hints of strawberries, vanilla, a pinch of white sugar and soft maltiness. A nose that is easy to like, but it does not really stand out in any particular areas.
Taste (21/25): Soft and oily mouthfeel. Medium sweetness, the malt is more pronounced on the palate. Still fruity (again apples). Vanilla and honey.
Finish (21/25): Medium long finish. The oiliness slowly transforms into something a bit more 'gritty', for lack of a better word'. It feels slightly peaty - or more like a touch of ashes. Soft spices.
Balance (21/25): Guys (I am not being sexist, they really are guys), I would very much like to see this bottled at 46 %. I find this to be a very nice entry level single malt. The only thing I would have changed is the ABV. This is a great starting place for cognac lovers that are starting to get whisky curious. OK, now let us see you distill and mature your own, Aurora Spirit!
Sláinte! - Thomas