Nordic Whisky # 214 - Spirit of Hven Seven Stars No. 6.2 Alcor
Spirit of Hven Seven Stars No. 6.2 Alcor, 7 YO, 45 %
This is the second to last release in the long running Seven Stars series from Swedish distillery Spirit of Hven. The Spirit of Hven Seven Stars No. 6.2 Alcor is the second half of the twin-star release that started with Spirit of Hven Seven Stars No. 6.1 Mizar (see review). The Alcor was launched on september 7, 2018 in Sweden. Both the Mizar and Alcor are heavily peated.
Here is the official blurb on the Alcor:
“The mashbill is the same as with 6:1 Mizar; 58,8 % lager malt, 35,3 % peated malt (38 ppm), 5,9 % chocolate malt. This single malt whisky is a blend of seven casks. Three casks made of Petraea oak from Allier that previously held chateau Margaux; one cask made of Faginea oak from Portugal that previously matured Olorosso sherry; two casks made of Muehlenbergii oak from Missouri that was used to mature Hven Vodka; and one cask of Burgundy Robur oak that used to mature Maculan Torcolato.”
The Spirit of Hven Seven Stars No. 6.2 Alcor is sold out in Sweden but still available in Norway at NOK 999 (10778302).
Nose: Chocolate and wine, anyone? Served in front of a cosy fireplace - dry logs have almost burned down - glowing embers now dominating. A window is open letting in the freshness of a garden just recently soaked in summer rain and now slowly drying in the late afternoon sun. With time - well-worn leather and dried fruits.
Taste: Medium body and soft mouthfeel. Spicy chocolate is what first comes to mind; then mixed spices with various peppers dominating, then spicy oakiness with a softly bitter/dry edge to it. Dry, black smoke in the back.
Finish: Medium long finish. Ashes with some sweetness now. Fruits appearing in the background. Quite dry now, and the peatiness really makes an appearance - hot embers, coal, ashes and soot.
Comment: Similar to the Mizar, as expected. The Alcor comes across as more complex on the nose, and on the palate the spices are a bit more aggressive.