Valamo XI, 4 YO, 58.5 %
Valamo Distillery was formally established in 2014, but they began trials in 2011. Up until 2014 they used a small 150 litre trial still, and this product – Valamo XI, was made during this trial period.
Today production runs on a 1000 litre pot still, and their annual production is at around 35 000 lpa.
The Valamo XI is an unpeated whisky. It was distilled on 2012-05-15, matured in a 200 litre 2nd fill bourbon hogshead, and then bottled on 2016-12-31. The total outturn was 336 bottles (50 cl).
Nose: Icing sugar and vanilla. Light notes of red berries. A delightful and well integrated nose. Almonds. Peppermint top notes.
Taste: Rich and full mouthfeel, but a bit raw to taste. Honey, coconut and syrup. Peppermint and white pepper.
Finish: Medium to short finish. Nutty notes. Vanilla and creamy honey, but it does land fairly quickly.
Comments: The spirit is very promising. The cask is obviously a good one. The end product is still quite young and a bit unbalanced.