Säntis Highlander Edition Cask Strength Peated
Säntis Highlander Edition Cask Strength Peated, NAS, 52 %
I have a very curious whisky on the test bench today. Säntis is a Swiss whisky distillery. This whisky is made by the Locher Brewery in the Appenzell region of Switzerland. They started distilling single malt in 1999, and launched the very first Swiss single malt whisky back in 2002.
I have now tested the Säntis Highlander Edition Cask Strength Peated whisky. It has, as far as I know, been matured is beer casks. It is the color of beer, and golden mahogany.
Nose (16/25): Shoe shine, leather, pipe tobacco, oaky, sherry-ish, putrid berries, rubber and paint. It's not all bad, I am ready to take a sip. At least I think I am ready...
Taste (13/25): Pepper corns, chili, and rotten oranges. There is a distinct sense of decay here. Oh dear, how will this end?
Finish (7/25): Baby sick, brackish water, and what I image liquid decay might taste like! It has nothing but off-notes. There is no redeeming feature here, no glimmer of hope, it is just plain awful. I'm sorry, but this is just bad. You just cannot sell this stuff, honestly. And it sticks with you for a torturously long time. It feels like I have been sick, but I haven't, I am sure I haven't. And I hate the feeling of being sick like this. Please, make it stop!
Balance (10/25): Horribel, just horribel. Now to quickly pour a large dram of something good!
Sláinte! - Thomas