The Archipelago 2017
Even the third edition of the Archipelago series is a really smoky whisky. As usual, presented exclusively onboard Viking Line’s whisky boat Cinderella in February 2017. 100% peated whisky finished in barrels of air-dried American oak.
This time, we have let the label be inspired by the first Swedish malt whisky; Skeppets Whisky. Like the Skeppets Whisky, Archipelago 2017 is very smoky but thats where all comparisons end. Where the old Skeppets whisky was rejected for its hearty acid smoke flavour, Archipelago is appreciated for its complex and characteristic smoky tone. A really enjoyable peatiness with sweetness and vanilla from the American oak.
The Archipelago contains no artificial colouring and is non chill-filtered.
The Archipelago 2017 consists of 100 % peated whisky first matured for 3,65 years in 110 liter 1st fill bourbon casks the finished in 94 liter casks of new American Oak for 2 years.
21/04/2011 to 26/05/2011 10 Bourbon casks were filled with peated spirit – these were re-sized from 200 to 110 liters
20/01/2015 the whisky was moved to 94 liter casks of new American oak (air dried), 5 of which were toasted at leve 3 and one which was charred.
Until October 2014, our casks have matured in a damp warehouse, where they lost slightly more alcohol than expected. Since October 2014 until bottling, the casks have been maturing in a dry environment in warehouse number 3.
06/02/2017 the whisky was moved to the blending tank where the strength was reduced fom 56,46% to 55,4% abv.
In total 1016 bottles of the The Archipelago 2017 were produced on 07/02/2017 of which 1000 were sold at the Whisky Fair on Viking Line Cinderella.
Yeast: Fermentis Safwhisky M-1
Peated malt: Pilsner malt from Castle Maltings in Belgium
Barely types: Henley, Sébastian
Process water: From Bålsjön, filtered through sand and carbon filters
Cooling water: From Ångermanälven
Batch size: 1200 kg malt / 6300 liter wort
Included batches: 18B-27B, 56A-69B
Average fermentation time: 80 hours in stainless steels washbacks.
Distilled between: 09/02/2011 – 25/05/2011
Peated spirit: 30 minutes head (foreshots)
Peated spirit: 60 % ABV (20°C)
Strength ABV (alcohol by volume): 55,4 % ABV
Phenol content PPM: 39
Cask: 1 st fill Bourbon, new American oak
Number of Bottles: 1 016 st
Bottle Size: 500 ml
Price: 1 199 SEK
Archipelago is a series of annual bottlings made specifically for the Viking Line Whisky Fair. The first bottling was presented onboard Cinderella in January 2015. The annual release consists of approximately 1000 bottles each year and can only be purchased on board the Viking Line