This lightly peated single malt whisky comes from Valamo Monastery Distillery from Finland. Valamo has a range of peated and unpeated whiskies, usually matured in bourbon or sweet church wine csks.
This one’s been matured in bourbon casks and has a 12 ppm peat level. 20 or below is usually considered light. For comparison, Ardbeg, which is probably the most famous maker of peated smoky whiskies, usually has 50 ppm.
I liked their very first commercial batch, which was unpeated 5 year old Valamo. I didn’t like their first commercial peated 3 year old Valamo. So probably my hopes weren’t high with this expression, since it’s lightly peated.
But Valamo proved me wrong. They’ve managed to create an easy to approach single malt. Even though the young age really shows (probably 3 years old), there’s a pleasant character lurking in the back.
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