Nordic Whisky #87 - Vingården Lille Gadegård Bornholmsk Whisky Nr. 2
Vingården Lille Gadegård Bornholmsk Whisky Nr. 2, 3 YO, 53,0 %
Last week I reviewed the first release from Danish distillery Vingården Lille Gadegård. Now I will take a closer look at their second release. The Vingården Lille Gadegård Bornholmsk Whisky Nr. 2 was distilled in December 2006. It was matured in an unspecified oak cask , although the colour does indicate a wine cask like what was used for the first release. The whisky was bottled in April 2010. The first release was bottled at 43 % ABV, while this release was bottled at what I assume is cask strength (53 % ABV).
When released this whisky sold for DKK 899 for a 500 ml bottle.
Nose (22/25): Sweet and earthy nose. This must have been matured in a wine cask. red berries, red fruit, vanilla, a touch of farmyard, and hints of rubber tubing. It is definitely richer and more pleasant on the nose than the first release.
Taste (20/25): Rich mouthfeel. Massively spicy and oaky attack. It is bordering on too oaky. The spices are peppers of all sorts, mild chilies, and cinnamon. Slightly fizzy. Ginger, artificial sweetener, soft caramel. Hmm, when I think about it it kind of reminds me of caramel ice cream, but without the creaminess (if that makes sense).
Finish (17/25): Licorice, ammonia candy, oak and toast. The sweetness is still artificial to me, and it does have a somewhat bitter edge to it.
Balance (18/25): Not quite balanvced, and certainly still too young. I ike that they present this as (close to?) cask strength. Looking forward to 'dive' into release number three shortly.
Sláinte! - Thomas