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Teerenpeli Savu Review

Savu peated malt by Teerenpeli

Savu means smoke in Finnish. So needless to say, this is a peated single malt whisky from Finland by Teerenpeli distillery, the first ever commercial Finnish single malt producer.

Matured in bourbon (80%) and Pedro Ximénez sherry (20%) casks, which according to Teerenpeli, were selected by ambassadors and fair visitors in blind tastings. This peated release was first introduced in 2018, but my bottle is from 2022 batch, given to me as gift by my spouse.

Savu received 95 points at International Wine & Spirit Competition in 2020. Here’s judging teams tasting notes from 2022 entry:

”Elegant with slight butterscotch on the nose. Sweet and balanced with a buttery caramel palate with a peaty juiciness. Delicate, youthful and pleasant.”

Teerenpeli Smoke (Savu) Review

Young quality smoke

I read somewhere that Savu is only 3 years old. It’s hard to imagine that, because the palate seems more mature and smooth. It doesn’t have that typical young whisky roughness, even though it’s peated.

Maybe the gentle peat prevents the development of typical young smoky whisky’s rough burning edges. Unfortunately I don’t know the ppm level of Savu.

Sweet PX casks probably have a smoothing affect as well.

Matured in:
Ex-Bourbon and Ex-Sherry casks
Non-chill filtered, no added colour
ABV: 43%
Colour: Light amber
Nose: Light smoke and tender fruit notes with fresh barley. Bit grassy and earthy. Drops of water leaves trails of ashes and chili.
Taste: Lots of barley, bit of peppers and heavy bonfire smoke. Addition of water brings lightly spicy notes and smooth fruity notes with peat.
Finish: Medium long with light peat and heavy smoke. Velvet coating with hints of barley and sugar coming through from the bonfire.
Balance: Pleasant smoky whisky, enjoyable and rich, giving a mixture of big smoke and tender earthy notes. Nice rollercoaster ride of different whisky notes.

Savu Scoring

Distillery: Teerenpeli distillery Region: Lahti, Finland
Did you know?
Teerenpeli restaurant distillery’s 40 0000 liter annual whisky capacity was quadrupled in late 2015 when they built a new distillery.

Bottle of smoky Finnish single malt whisky by Teerenpeli distillery

Teerenpeli Savu Peated Single Malt Whisky from Finland

International Wine & Spirits Gold 2020 for Teerenpeli Savu

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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