Quercus I Robur
The first expression in a new series where the properties of oak are examined and how they effect the maturation of whisky. First out was Quercus Robur the more prominent of the two oak species found in Sweden. This was released in October 2017.
Quercus is a series where we examine the flavours that different oak species contribute to the whisky during maturation. The first edition in Quercus has been named Robur after the European forest oak Quercus robur. The species grows in several parts of Europe, including, Burgundy and Limousin and is important in the wine and cognac industry. It is also the oak tree that to a large extent can be found throughout in Sweden up to the Norrland border in Gävletra. Quercus robur contains a relatively high proportion of tannins and antioxidants, and gives a lot of spicy and sweet flavours.
100 % unpeated whisky first matured in 200 liter bourbon barrels for 4,1 years then finished for 7 months in 40 liter casks made up of new Swedish oak.
Quercus I Robur contains no artificial colouring and is non chill-filtered
200 liter Bourbon barrels (Quercus Alba), delivered empty direct from Kentucky.
The 40 liter (Ankare) casks of Quercus robur are crafted by Thorslundkagge in Sweden. The oak for these Ankare has grown in the south east of Sweden. 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.
17/01/2017 the bourbon barrels were tipped and the alcohol strength was reduced from 60,4 % to 55 % ABV. The whisky was then transferred into 100 Ankare (40 liter) made from Swedish oak (Quercus Robur) of which 99 were medium plus toasted before charring and one was hard roasted before charring.
31/08/2017 the casks were emptied into our blending tank and the strength was reduced to the desired level of 50,8 % abv for bottling.
Quercus I Robur was bottled between 04/09/2017 to 06/09/2017 producing 8229 bottles.
We recommend that Quercus I Robur is allowed to air in the glass for a while to fully enjoy it. Add a few drops of water to lift the aromas from the glass.
Yeast: Fermentis Safwhisky M-1
Unpeated malt: Pilsner malt from Vikingmalt in Halmstad.
Barely types: Rosalina, Scarlett, Quench, Tipple, Barke, Propino, Tam Tam och Sebastian
Process water: From Bålsjön, filtered through sand and carbon filters
Cooling water: From Ångermanälven
Included batches: 308B, 330A-349B, 370A-378A
Batch size 1200kg malt
Average fermentation time: 80 hours in stainless steels washbacks
Distilled between: 03/10/2012 to 10/12/2012
First cut point:
Unpeated spirit: 13 minuter head (foreshots)
Unpeated spirit: 67 % ABV (20°C)
Strength ABV (alcohol by volume): 50,8 % ABV
Age: 4,72 years
Phenol content PPM: 0
Cask: 1st fill bourbon + new Swedish oak
Number of Bottles: 8 229 st
Bottle Size: 50 ml
Price: 799 SEK