Review: Santis Peated Cask Strength (Edition Dreifaltigkeit)
Category: Swiss single malt whisky
Origin: Santis Distillery (Brauerei Locher AG)
Bottling: Official – sampled from Flaviar World Whisky tasting pack
Cost: Part of the Flaviar World Whisky tasting pack typically £18.99 for 5 x 4.5cl or CHF73 (~ £48) for 70cl from the distillery
What they say:
EDITION DREIFALTIGKEIT (52% VOL.)
It’s truly amazing: the oily film is mild on the palate, and yet there’s enough of it to cover the mouth. Then comes a smoky mixture, both woody and earthy, followed by a faint taste of caramel. A hint of undefinable fruitiness emerges, whilst the tongue is tickled by spices. We’re dealing here with something of such controlled, enormous magnitude and pure class that you can do nothing but sit back and enjoy this whisky with a combination of pleasure and deep awe. Jim Murray
What I say:
Received as part of the Flaviar sample set.
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Dark ruby brown (15/20) quick large-sized tears leave medium thickness legs
Herbal and smoky, cigarette smoke and ash, sweet honey, herbal woodruff, petitgrain, pine disinfectant, germolene, burning rubber tyres, toffee oak wood
Herbal toffee, tannic overstewed tea, rubbery car tyres, germolene and deep heat/wintergreen oil, slightly bitter and a little bit off, some bacon and smokey barbecue
Long smoked woody herbs
Wow! This one was quite a challenge but I actually started liking it after I had acclimatised to both the smoke and herbal nature. I could see where a lot of people would spit this out or turn there nose up in disgust. Very different from most peat-smoked scotch whiskies – the closest example I could think of to this was perhaps Mackmyra. There was something integral to this expression that declared Santis as distinctly Swiss. The herbality was nice as I discovered many unusual or rare herbal aromas and flavours in here not normally associated with say Scotch whisky. Guaranteed to split opinions but what a great whisky to include in a discover set such as this one from Flaviar.