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The Festival 2014

We thought a whisky festival of magnitude needed its own recurring festival edition. Something that comes in a very limited amount and can only be purchased if you visit our whisky festival in person. Before the 2014 festival we got to work and our legendary Festival series was born.

The goal of a Festival bottling is to always create a unique bottling that stands out and maintains high quality. To Festival 2014 we tried something new. When we buy freshly made barrels, we normally prime these with spirits for 5-6 months to extract some of the powerful aromas we get from new oak. It creates some extra work and planning but it is necessary to get a harmonious maturation during the first filling. 16 Ankare (40 liter casks) of American oak were filled with 34-35 months old spirits from 100 liter bourbon barrels for just over five months. The American oak was air-dried for 24 months and roasted medium plus before charring. A rather unique combination that resulted in a deeper and sweeter spice than you normally get from charred American oak. The combination of bourbon barrels and new American oak gave both exciting aromas and a very nice colour to our first festival edition. Festival 2014, like all bottling from Box / High Coast, is neither coloured or chill filtered.

  • All casks were quality assessed before filling, no unusual or negative notes were detected over the expected vanilla and caramel notes.

    Four 100 liter 1st fill bourbon casks were filled at 67,7 % ABV with peated spirit (31ppm) 20/04/2011 and 21/04/2011

    Five 100 liter 1st fill bourbon casks were filled at 62,9% ABV peated spirit (39ppm) 18/05/2011 and 20/05/2011

    The casks were stored in a damp warehouse and the abv droped by 4%.

    27/03/2014 16 40 liter casks of american oak were filled with 61,1% ABV pre-matured peated spirit (averaging 35ppm)

    16/09/2014 the whisky was tipped into our blending tank and the strength was reduced to 53,5 % abv.

    700 numbered bottles were launched as official bottlings. The remaining whisky was reduced to 52,7% abv and some were used at festivals and tastings while some was placed into bourbon barrels for later use.

  • Malt: Peated pilsner malt from Castle Maltings in Belgium

    Barley types: Henley/Sebastian. peated with peat from Scotland

    Batch size: 1 200 kg malt / 6 300 liter wort

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

    Yeast: Fermentis Safwhisky M-1

    Cooling water: From Ångermanälven

    Included batches:18–27: 31ppm

    Average fermentation time: 81 hours in stainless steels washbacks

    Distilled between: 08/02/2011 and 23/02/2011 Total of 18 distillations

    Average low wines distillation: 6 hrs 1 min.

    First cut point:
    Peated spirit: 30 minuter head (foreshots)

    Second cut:
    Peated spirit: 59 % ABV (20°C)

    Batch: 56–66: 39ppm

    Average fermentation time: 79 hours in stainless steel washbacks.

    Distilled between: 02/05/2011 and 19/05/2011 Total of 19 distillations

    Average low wines distillation: 5 hrs 28 min.

    First cut point:
    Peated spirit: 30 minuter head (foreshots)

    Second cut:
    Peated spirit: 60 % ABV (20°C)


  • Strength ABV (alcohol by volume): 53,5 % ABV
    Age: 3 years 116 days
    Phenol content PPM: 35
    Cask: 1st fill bourbon, finished in new American oak
    Number of Bottles: 700 st
    Bottle Size: 50 ml
    Price: 0 SEK

The Festival

The Festival is a series of exclusive bottles created as a tribute to our Whisky Festival, which is held annually during the last weekend in June. The Festival can only be purchased by visitors to the Whisky Festival. Each year a new whisky is created and about 1000 bottles are created

The High Coast Whisky Insider