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Quercus II Alba

The second bottle in the Quercus series picks up oak from North America. The American white oak has played an important role in several previously mentioned bottlings from Box and here it is in focus.

Quercus is a series where we explore the flavours that different oaks species and geographical regions can bare influence to the whisky. The first series was Quercus I Robur which went into depth with the European forest scene, Quercus robur. Number two in the series is the American white oak, Quercus alba.
Since prohibiton, Quercus alba has dominated the  world’s whisky industry when a law was enforced that American whiskey may only be stored in new barrels. As a result, large quantities of ex-bourbon barrels were released and sold on to Scotland. Quercus alba is common in eastern and central North America and very common in the wine and whisky industry. Quercus alba contains a lower proportion of tannins and a higher amount of lactones, giving it the discreet coconut notes that are very characteristic of whisky.

Quercus II Alba consists of 100% unpeated whisky matured in traditional bourbon barrels for up to 5.1 years. After that, the whisky has been finished for up to almost three years in 40 and 96 liter casks of new Quercus alba.

  • 100 % unpeated whisky which is first matured in 130 liter bourbon barrels for 5,1 years and 200 liter bourbon barrels for 3 och 4,1 years then finished from 0,83 to 2,7 years in 40 and 96 liter casks of new American oak, Quercus alba.

    Quercus II Alba – contains no artificial colouring and is non chill-filtered

  • 200 liter Bourbon barrels (Quercus Alba), delivered empty direct from Kentucky and 130 liter (1st fill quarter casks) crafted at Speyside Cooperage.

    The 40 liter (Ankare) casks of Quercus Alba are crafted by Thorslundkagge in Sweden. 96 liters casks of Quercus alba are crafted by Kelvin Cooperage and have a toasting grade level #3.

    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.

    The bourbon barrels were tipped and the whisky was then transferred into 83 Ankare (40 liter) and 14 (96 liter) casks made from new American oak (Quercus Alba).

    25/01/2018 and  26/01/2018 the casks were emptied into our blending tank and the strength was reduced to the desired level of 50,8 % abv for bottling.

    Quercus II Alba  was bottled between 26/01/2018 to 28/01/2017 producing 9806 bottles.

    Unlike many of our releases we do not believe Quercus II Alba needs time to air to fully enjoy it. Add a few drops of water to lift the aromas from the glass.

    Quercus II Alba – contains no artificial colouring and is non chill-filtered

  • Yeast: Fermentis Safwhisky M-1

    Unpeated malt: Pilsner malt from Vikingmalt in Halmstad.

    Barely types: Rosalina, Scarlett, Quench, Tipple

    Process water: From Bålsjön, filtered through sand and carbon filters

    Cooling water: From Ångermanälven

    Included batches: 208A-213B, 256B-262A, 308B, 330A-349B, 370A-378A

    Batch size 1200kg malt

    Average fermentation time: 80 hours in stainless steels washbacks

    Distilled between: 07/02/2012 and 10/12/2012

    First cut point:
    Unpeated spirit: 13 minuter head (foreshots)

    Second cut:
    Unpeated spirit: 67 % ABV (20°C)

  • Strength ABV (alcohol by volume): 50,8 % ABV
    Age: 5,12 years
    Phenol content PPM: 0
    Cask: 1st fill bourbon + new American oak
    Number of Bottles: 9 806 st
    Bottle Size: 50 ml
    Price: 799 SEK


The Quercus series is a journey of discovery through oak. In a series of exclusive bottlings, we explore the influence that various oak species have on the maturation of our whisky.

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