We already tried Finnish whisky from Teerenpeli brewery / distillery some years ago. They were well made but failed to leave a deep impression. Now we’re having a Teerenpeli single cask exclusive to Kirsch Import in Germany. It was matured for seven years in an ex-sherry cask and came out with a massive 70.5% ABV. That’s how cold Finland is: angels simply freeze to death. Now cask strength whisky is fine, but isn’t this just masochism?
Teerenpeli 7 yo (70,5%, OB for Kirsch Import 2021, single sherry cask #09122013A, 50 cl, 276 btl.)
Nose: buttery and floral notes at first. Brioche. Vanilla fudge. Aniseed. It feels a little restrained at full strength though. A few drops of water bring out a blackberry sweetness, slightly musty hints of herbs / oak shavings and a bit of toffee sweetness. Echoes of gingerbread and a bright citrus note as well.
Mouth: quite a challenge, neat. Sweet berry flavours, toffee and plenty of spice. Liquorice too. Water, please. This brings out a bit of caramel sweetness, stewed plums, oranges, redcurrants, raisins, as well as some pepper, a light bitter touch and savoury herbs.
Fin(n)ish: long, intense. Hints of dark chocolate with salt flakes.
A nice whisky, much better than the expressions I had five years ago. It takes some fiddling with water to make this work and to bring out the quality of the spirit (or the cask?). Around € 85, still available from several stores in Germany.