Box Whisky American Oak, 5 YO, 50,8 %

Here is a recent release from Swedish Distillery Box Whisky. The Box Whisky American Oak is a 5 YO whisky. It has received a main maturation in 130 litre 1st fill bourbon casks, for about four and a half years. Then it was finished for eight months in 40 litre virgin American oak casks.

This is a heavily peated dram at a whopping 45 ppm. It is a limited release of 3941 + 184 bottles. Go here for all the minute details of this release.

You can buy the Box Whisky American Oak in Sweden at SEK 850 (8686902), and online in the UK at GBP 96.

Nose: Delicate notes of vanilla ice cream wrapped in a blanket of smoky, dark chocolate. This really works for me! A delightful dessert-like dram. It is sweet, but light. Cinnamon, toasted oak, malt, orange marmalade, and hints of mint.

Taste: Full bodied with a half dry mouthfeel. Peppery ashes, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla and chocolate. There’s a hint of perfume and flowery notes. Mint and fir trees(?). The high phenol level is not making much of itself – or rather – it is well integrated.

Finish: Medium long finish. The chocolate is now mixed with rich honey and a drop or two of creamy fudge. The dry-ish notes of ashes and cinnamon are still lingering in the back.

Comments: An impressive dram in my book.

Score (87/100)

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