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Quercus III Petraea

The third part of the Quercus series came at the turn of the year 2018-2019 and focused on another European oak species, this time from Hungary. Spicy and filled with classic oak notes, first matured in bourbon barrels then a final maturation in Hungarian oak, Quercus Petraea.

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. The third edition has been given its prominent character from the European mountain area, Quercus petraea.

Sessile oak, Quercus petraea, also called Cornish oak or durmast oak is a tree native to most of Europe. In Sweden it’s mostly found in the south and in rocky and light vegetation. Quercus Petraea is often used in the wine industry but it does however give very interesting characteristics to whisky.

  • Quercus III Petraea consists of 100 % unpeated whisky which was first matured in  200 liter Bourbon barrels for 4,7 years then finished for 10 months in 40 liter casks comprised of Hungarian oak, Quercus petraea.


  • 200 liter Bourbon barrels (Quercus Alba), delivered empty direct from Kentucky.
    40 liter Hungarian oak (Quercus Petraea), made in Hungary.

    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.

    Bourbon barrels were emptied and the contents moved to 100 Ankare (40 liter) made from new Hungarian oak (Quercus petraea).
    19/11/2018 and 20/11/2018 the casks were emptied into our blending tank where we added water to reach the desired strength of 50,8% abv.

    Quercus III Petraea was bottled on the 23/11/2018 and 29/11/2018 resulting in a total of 7781 bottles.

    We recommend that Quercus Petraea 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.

    Quercus III – Petraea 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, Quench, Tipple, Barke

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

    Cooling water: From Ångermanälven

    Batch size: 1200 kg malt / 6300 liter wort

    Average fermentation time: 80 hours in stainless steels washbacks.

    Distilled between: 15/03/2013 and 29/03/2013

    Batches: 436B-464A

    First Cut:
    Unpeated spirit: 13 minutes head (foreshots)

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



  • Strength ABV (alcohol by volume): 50,8 % ABV
    Age: 5,56 years
    Phenol content PPM: 0
    Cask: 1st fill bourbon + new hungarian oak
    Number of Bottles: 7 781 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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