Box Early Days Collection The Messenger

Box Distillery has released their fourth (and last) whisky in the series Early Days Collection. It is called The Messenger. The other whiskies in the series are named The Pioneer, The Challenger and The Explorer.

You will find all the details about the whisky if you click on the link. Briefly I mention a few details: 76 percent of the whisky was matured in 130 litres bourbon casks, and the rest in 100 litres Oloroso sherry casks. 7 percent of the whisky is peated. It is bottled at 48,4 ABV. This is a young whisky, only 3 YO (or 3,94 YO as you will find in the specifics).

The outturn was 8169 bottles. The whisky is available in Sweden, but not in Norway (yet?).

I have worked for one week at Box Distillery. It was great fun! You can read about it here (it is in Norwegian, but I guess Google Translate can be of help).

Malt and nutshell at first on the nose. Dust and orange zest. Then it becomes more fruity and ‘fat’, like butter. Rich and warm mouthfeel. Vanilla and malt. Fruity, a lot of peaches. Salt and white pepper. Clean and oily. The finish is suprisingly long. The nuttiness and the butter from the nose is here as well. This was a really nice whisky.

My score: nose 21 / taste 22 / finish 21 / balance 22 = 86

– Tone


  1. well I will just only add this, that I think this is really nice, and the best I have had from Box (but I have only had say 5 or 6 different whiskies). I am picking up my Messenger from Sverige shortly (going to visit Linkoping and meet several old/young friends); I might also acquire a bottle of the cask owners’ release – my reading of the reviews has been mixed, unlike Messenger. I think also that the 2014 Festivalen release (and although I was there, I did not get a bottle!!) is reputed to be one of the best yet.

    • Please share your thoughts on the Messenger once you have had a chance to taste it, David! I liked the Cask Owners, too, but I haven’t had a chance to really dive in to yet. Regarding the Festival bottlings I remember both 2014 and 2015 as nice whiskies, but I need to taste them again to be more spesific. Have fun in Linköping! I’ve heard it’s supposed to be a great fair.

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