Teerenpeli Kaski Distiller’s Choice review

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Teerenpeli Kaski Distiller’s Choice review

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In Finnish, Kaski means burn-beaten land. In spite of the name, Teerenpeli Kaski Distiller’s Choice isn’t like something smoky from Islay. I guess it still is a soft version of something “swidden”.

I tried Teerenpeli Kaski at Grill & Distillery Taivaanranta’s distillery tour. And I have to tell you, this might be the best positive upset of my ‘whisky tasting career’. Great dram, even though the name manages to trick you a bit. With a longer aftertaste, this might have been a 90 point whisky for me.

Teerenpeli Kaski is only 6 years old, which sounds amazing, because it’s very soft and delicate. The softness is so dominant, that it is even one of Kaski’s weaknesses (at least in my book, I prefer some roughness in whisky). Matured in 200 liter first fill Pedro Ximenez casks.

THE MAN WITHOUT A PAST nicely burn-beaten

Teerenpeli Kaski might be soft, but still, it  offers nicely different tones. I hope that this dram makes its mark on the whisky map. It is like Aki Kaurismäki’s The Man Without a Past – I guess, because of the Oscar nomination, Aki’s groundbreaking movie in the industry. I hope that Kaski will do the same with Teerenpeli brand.

It is easy to continue comparing two Finnish pioneers together. Teerenpeli Kaski is very similar to The Man Without a Past. Just like in the movie, the main character’s past is unknown, Kaski’s origins are also a bit in the haze. Teerenpeli’s fascinating story about dedication and artisan spirit needs to be told. I hope I can help you with my reviews and distillery tour notes.

Matured in:
Pedro Ximenez Ex-Sherry casks
Colour: Amber
Nose: Sophisticated sherry is very deep. Hints of tropical fruits with some chocolate and peat.
Taste: The touch of sweet barley is great. Raisins and hints of sherry. Sweet peat comes very softly with wee smoke. I’m pretty sure I spotted licorice lightly on the background.
Finish: Quickly lingering finish of malted barley and sweet peat. Some dry and sour berry notes add nice complexity, like chewing lingonberry. Finish is very good but way too fast.
Balance: Amazing work by Finnish pioneers. This dram is good! The Highland Park feel isn’t as strong as it was with Teerenpeli 8YO, which resembled HP12. But the wee smoke and liquorice do have some HP18 quality, not as deep and characteristic though.

Scoring

87
Nose:Taste:Finish:Balance:
23
22
20
22
Distillery: Grill & Distillery Taivaanranta Region: Lahti, Finland ABV: 43%
Johannes Lindblom
Johannes Lindblom
Finnish whisky enthusiast and the author of WhiskyRant! A digital marketing professional by day – a whisky reviewer and informer by night.

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