The Festival 2015
The second festival bottling, 2015, was in the same spirit as the successful first, final maturation in new charred oak barrels. But this edition is somewhat smokier and has Swedish notes combining with the American oak casks.
This year’s edition has a marked smokiness and of course a clear character from a new charred oak. A significant difference is that all the barrels this time are 100-130 liters in size and the age is slightly higher with an average of 4 years. Two out of five barrels are made of Swedish oak. It is a young whisky but, despite its age, it carries a maturity that can only be created through expertise and skilled cask management.
61 % of the whisky has been made using peated barely between 31 – 45 ppm.
The bottling is made up of 5 casks of new American oak and Swedish oak.
4 out of the 5 casks were filled in 2014 with 2,5-3 year old spirit from Bourbon barrels.
The fifth cask was filled with unpeated spirit.
The Festival 2015 contains no artificial colouring and is non chill-filtered
100 and 130 liter Bourbon barrels (Quercus Alba), delivered empty direct from Kentucky.
Casks of new American oak (Quercus alba) are crafted by Kelvin Cooperage with oak that has been air dried outside for 24 months. One of the casks has been medium toasted while to have been charred.
The Swedish oak casks (Quercus robur) were crafted in october 2013 from material from Nävragöl outside of Karlskrona. They were sawn into planks in January 2009 and stored outdoors for 36 months. The barrel has received a medium plus roasting before charring.
14/08/2015 397,6 kg of whisky was tipped into our blending tank at a strength of 60,5%.
The whisky was gently oxygenated for 19 hours to make it softer.
The alcohol level was reduced to 54,5% abv ahead of bottling. The Festival 2015 bottled on 17/08/2015 produced 700 bottles. The remaining whisky was further reduced to 53,3% abv and bottled (271 bottles), with its own non-official label for use at festivals and tastings.
We recommend that The Festival 2015 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: Pilsnermalt from Vikingmalt in Halmstad.
Peated malt: Pilsnermalt from Castle Maltings in Belgium. Peated to 31, 39 and 45 ppm phenol count with peat from Scotland.
Unpeated barely types: Quench/Publican/Henley and Tipple/Quench/Publican
Peated barely types: Henley, Sebastian
Process water: From Bålsjön, filtered through sand and carbon filters
Cooling water: From Ångermanälven
Included batches: 18 – 27, 56 – 66, 82 – 102, 115 – 121, 173 – 178
Batch size: 1200kg malt
Average fermentation time: 79 hours in stainless steels washbacks
Distilled between: 08/02/2011 and 04/02/2011
Unpeated spirit: 13 minutes head (foreshots)
Peated spirit: 30 minutes head (foreshots)
Unpeated spirit: 67 % ABV (20°C)
Peated spirit: 60 % ABV (20°C)
Strength ABV (alcohol by volume): 54,5 % ABV
Age: 3 years 8 months
Phenol content PPM: 0, 31, 39 and 45 ppm. Average 24 ppm (malt)
Cask: New American and Swedish oak and Bourbon barrels
Number of Bottles: 700 st
Bottle Size: 50 ml
Price: 0 SEK
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