A new whisky from Det Norske Brenneri in Grimstad, Norway – available on the shelf in my local branch of the state monopoly! Of course I had to buy a bottle 🙂
I have previously shared my tasting notes on Eiktyrne Sokin og Eikin Sauternes Finish (read here). Today it is time for Eiktyrne Rin og Rennande Pineau des Charentes Finish.
Information on the bottle:
The stag EIKTYRNE (“the oak thorned”) stands on top of the afterlife hall Valhalla feeding branches of Yggdrasil, and from the stag’s antlers great amounts of liquid drips into Hvergjelmir – the source of all water in the world.
RIN and RENNANDE are two rivers that springs from Hvergjelmir as it is mentioned in the poem Grímnismál.
The whisky has been matured in American virgin oak and fresh French brandy casks. And then a finish in fresh Pineau des Charentes cask. It is 3 YO and bottled at 49,2 ABV.
It is available in Norway at NOK 629,90.
Fresh and oaky on the nose. It reminds me a bit about gin, actually, because I get juniper. Eucalyptus, mint and the smell of a pharmacy at first. After a while it turns more earthy and warm with sap, caraway(!) and some fudge. Some honey melon as well. Oaky and quite rich on the palate. Fresh at first. I still get some juniper, eucalyptus and mint together with pineapple. It changes the same way on the palate as on the nose; more warm and spicy. White pepper, licorice and cinnamon. Oily. The finish lingers. It is warm and spicy – and sweet. I get white pepper, fudge and ripe pears. A bit dry.
My score: nose 20 / palate 21 / finish 21 / balance 21 = 83