Nordic Whisky #96 - Trolden Old No. 2
Trolden Old No. 2, 3 YO, 45 %
The Trolden Old No.2 is the first Nordic bourbon I have tested. This is also just the second release from Danish distillery Trolden, and the first I have tested from this distillery., Their initial release was called Trolden Nimbus, and I hope to come across it one day.
This release, the Trolden Old No. 2, was distilled in 2012, and bottled in 2015. It is a bourbon style whisky, and the mash bill is given as 55 % corn, 25 % rye, and the rest is made up from wheat and barley. The total outturn was just 171 bottles, so I take it this was a single cask release.
The next release from Trolden is planned for December 2017.
Nose: Vanilla, white pepper, banana, caramel sauce, maple syrup, wet oak chips and freshly cut timber. There's some alcohol bite here. Does grow increasingly sweet with time in the glass.
Taste: Smooth and a bit thin on the mouthfeel. Very spice, and bordering on bitter on the palate. Spices (mainly pepper and some cinnamon), vanilla and caramel.
Finish: Relatively short finish. Sugary sweetness, more caramel, and then it stops.
Comments: Charming in its own way, and it certainly compares favourably with most young bourbons you can get 'over there' (code word for the US, on this side of the pond).
Sláinte! - Thomas