Sweden

High Coast 6.94 Years Old 2012 Timmer (48%, OB, 12764 Bottles, 2019)

High Coast Timmer

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 48%
  • Age: 6.94 Years Old
  • Bottling: OB, The Origins Series
  • Category: Swedish single malt whisky
  • Cost: £48.95
  • Origin: High Coast distillery
  • Vintage: 2012
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What they say

Peated single malt whisky matured in first fill Bourbon barrels.
Timmer is our peated whisky, our humble tribute to the men and women who once lived and worked here. Those who risked their lives fighting icy cold waters as they steered the heavy logs downstream and kept warm by burning fires under the pale moon light.

Origins is a series where we celebrate our heritage. We have embraced our location, history and geography and created four whiskies that reflect these aspects. The Origins quartet is released in selected Systembolaget stores as well as in the ordering range and in selected international markets.

Timmer was launched in May 2020 in local Monopoly stores in Västernorrland as well as nationally available via the order range. Timmer is also available in selected international markets and online stores

Timmer consists of 100% peated whisky which has matured in first fill bourbon barrels.

18 (130 liter) quarter casks, 28.28%, filled with whisky where the malt content was peated to 46 ppm.
30 (200 liter) barrels, 60.58%, filled with whisky where the malt content was peated to 46 ppm. 4 (200 liter) barrels, 11.14% filled with whisky where the malt content was peated to 44 ppm.

Timmer contains no artificial colouring and is non chill-filter

200 liter Bourbon barrels (Quercus Alba), delivered empty direct from Kentucky

130 liter Bourbon barrels repaired by Speyside Cooperage.

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.

04/04/2019 50 Bourbon barrels containing 6455 kilos of whisky, with an average strength of 60,69% abv, were emptied into our blending tank. There we added, 1963 kilos of water to reach the desired strength of 48% abv.

We recommend that Timmer is allowed to breathe in the glass for a few moments to reach its peak. Add a few drops of water to help the aromas develop within the glass.

Official tasting notes:

Aroma Peat, Vanilla

Palate Campfire smoke, Rich Vanilla Sweetness

Finish Citrus, Ash

What I say

Dram #5 from WOLS 2020 T7 International Tasting. Another smokey expression but with much more subtlety this time. I guessed Sweden based on my experience with Mackmyra and wasn’t far wrong. This expression comes from the distillery formerly known as Box.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: White wine gold (5/20), medium tears and finer legs.
  • Nose: malty, straw/grassy hay, woody, green apple, vanilla pastries, buttery with gentle smoke.
  • Taste: Mouth-coating, lightly floral, smooth and sweet, marshmallow, fruity apple and pear, kiwi, lime, ‘green’ with some spice, oily and buttery, vanilla and a touch of salt & iodine.
  • Finish: Medium-long, cinnamon-dusted toasted marshmallows.

Overall

A lovely and subtle, almost floral, woody and smokey expression, just what I imagine a campfire in a Swedish pine forest smells like.

Score 86/100

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