So after last Wednesdays review of the Teerenpeli 8 Year Old it is now time for another bottling from the biggest whisky distillery in Finland. In today’s episode of Worldwide Wednesday: Teerenpeli Kaski Distiller’s Choice. This 100% sherry matured bottling, the first of its kind from Teerenpeli, was introduced in 2012.
But what is the meaning of “Kaski”? I looked the word up in some dictionaries and it means “swidden / burn-beaten land”. So the name seems somewhat misleading to me because Kaski does not offer anything like the distilleries from Islay. But maybe I am missing the point here as I do not speak a single word of Finnish (and I am not even a native English speaker) ?
Which brings me directly to my next point. Last week I applauded Teerenpeli for their decision to put an age statement on their 8 Year Old instead of hiding its rather young age behind a fancy NAS Name. So I think this week it is only fair when I critique them a bit for not putting an age statement on this bottling. On a side note: After I did some research it seems that this whisky is about 6-7 years old. However this is not an official statement from the distillery so take this information with a grain of salt.
Please do not get me wrong: this is only minor critique. The whisky itself is a very good one.
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A massive wall of sherry. And when I say massive I mean really massive. Lurking behind it are rum-soaked raisins, nut chocolate and dried red berries. Has a somewhat gluey sweetness to it but it is really hard to get beyond the big sherry. A slight hint of peat in the background.
Sherry Bomb! A sweetish gluey mouthfeel, almost like cream liqueur. A fruity touch. Tastes more like a sherry than a whisky to me.
More sweetish elements but vanishes way too quickly.
A very well-made sherry bomb. The sherry sweetness is a bit too loud and the finish is just too short but overall a surprisingly pleasant young whisky. Teerenpeli is definitely on the right track here.
Score: 88 / 100