I am getting close to emptying my bottle of Smögen Sherry Project 1:3, so it is about time I do some proper tasting notes. I have previously shared my tasting notes on Sherry Project 1:4 (read here), 2:1 (read here) and 2:2 (read here).
Smögen Distillery is located on the west coast of Sweden. They produce heavily peated whiskies at 50+ ppm, always bottled at cask strength.
This one is a 4 YO whisky bottled at 53,7 ABV. It was matured in virgin European Oak 110 litre Quarter casks #36-38. The whisky was distilled July 2011 and bottled 2 August 2015. It was given a finish for fourteen months in a sherry butt. The outturn was 666 bottles 🙂
Oak and sherry on the nose. It smells a bit like an over-oaked sherry, actually. After a while it turns more sweet. There is raisins, sweet fudge and apricots. Burnt caramel. A bit earthy, like walking in a forest covered with wet leaves. Smooth on the palate. Sweet and peaty. Fudge, milk chocolate and white pepper. Chocolate caramel, black pepper and ashes. Dry on the finish. Fat and nutty. Lots of pepper and some cinnamon.
My score: nose 20 / taste 22 / finish 21 / balance 21 = 84