Nordic Whisky #83 - Teerenpeli Distiller's Choice RASI
Teerenpeli Distiller's Choice RASI, 7 YO, 43 %
Here is a new Duty Free release from Finnish distillery Teerenpeli. The Teerenpeli Distiller's Choice RASI has matured for 6-8 years in bourbon casks, and then it received a 1 year finish in 1st fill Moscatel wine casks. The Teerenpeli Distiller's Choice RASI is a release limited to 2554 bottles.
This product, like the other releases in the Distiller's Choice series from Teerenpeli, takes its name from farming. The word RASI means badly burnt KASKI fuel, and as you might remember from the review of Kaski, the word Kaski refers the burned new ground (swidden) where you plant your new crop.
Even if this is a Duty Free release, you can still buy it at major online retailers in the UK, and the price is around GBP 55.
Nose (22/25): Soft and medium sweet. Vanilla, red berries, light and delicate fruit notes (green apples, banana). A bit richer and sweeter with time. The vanilla becomes more noticeable as well. Powdered sugar, oak and sweet licorice.
Taste (20/25): Soft and slightly oily mouthfeel. Spicy and sweet - but a bit thin. Pepper, ginger, and these fun hard candies with the sweet / bitter licorice and ammonia taste.
Finish (21/25): Medium long finish. The hard candy has the most staying power here, and I am fine with that - it is a taste I like.
Balance (21/25): A sweet and spicy treat.
Sláinte! - Thomas