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Stories from February, 2015

Spirit of Hven Gin Review

By Miguel in Tasting , Spirit of Hven

I got a set of samples from Spirit of Hven a few days after Christmas for reviewing but I haven’t found time to do it till now… and I really regret it because they are quite interesting… but let’s not spoil my own reviews.

Today I will review the flatter of the three, a organic gin made at by the Spirit of Hven at the island of

“Decent gin with a nice touch of botanicals and a bold citrus profile. A safe bet for the perfect gin tonic if you ask me”

78
Spirit of Hven Organic Gin
An organic gin from the Swedish island of Hven, the botanicals are infused for a day in grain spirit and then redistilled in copper pot stills and matured in oak. The result is a delicate gin with hints of spice.

This dram has a white-like color.

Nose (77): more than average. citrus, juniper, lavender, herbs.

Palate (78): light, smooth. citrus, malt, juniper, herbs, liquorice.

Finish (78): longer than average. citrus, juniper, liquorice.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Spirit of Hven Organic Gin with 78 points over 100.

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It is a decent gin that won’t disappoint you. I am not a big fan of Gin… beyond drinking them with some citrus peel and tonic water and this Gin does the work. For more exotic experiences you better look somewhere else.


Rock Oyster Blended Malt Review

By Miguel in Tasting , Douglas Laing

A few weeks ago I got a sample of Rock Oyster from Douglas Laing. I am a huge fan of their whiskies because they are a fair and good bang for the buck dram… so this one looked so promising… I had to taste it. So here is the review.

“Lovely character. Delicious layers of peat, spices and toffee assault you with each sip. Imagine a sweet peated Talisker”

90
Rock Oyster Blended Malt
Joining Douglas Laing's range of blended malts in early 2015, Rock Oyster is a magnificent maritime marvel made with single malts distilled on Scottish islands including Orkney, Jura, Arran and Islay.

This dram has a white wine-like color.

Nose (90): more than average. honey, peat, toffee, vanilla, salt, flowers.

Palate (91): powerful, oily. peat, honey, salt, vanilla, pepper, citrus.

Finish (90): longer than average. peat, spices, honey.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Rock Oyster Blended Malt with 90 points over 100.

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I still haven’t been disappointed by any of their whisky and this is yet another fantastic dram. Only for the peat heads of the house by the way :)