It’s absolutely crazy what happens in small casks.

On December 17, 2020, we bottled a small 7 liter cask from Fary Lochan. It became a delicious cask strength just a little over 3 years old. You can read more about it in this post: Private Cask
That same day, we filled Fary Lochan New Make on the same small cask. A 7 liter cask new European oak, that has contained PX sherry for a short time.
Now the cask has contained whisky for a few months and it will be exciting to see how it develops over a 3 year period โ€ฆ.

But things really explode in this cask!
I’m going to find a cooler place for it otherwise there will be no whisky left in another 2ยฝ years.

I remember Morten (CEO, Fary Lochan) telling that there was a high evaporation in the time maturing of the first whisky at the distillery. It was probably around 8%. I thought it seemed a bit high for a place like Denmark, but by measuring this little cask here at my house ยฝ years after filling, I must say that the angels have been greedy. As much as 8.57% of the new make have evaporated โ€ฆ.. (60 cl)

We do not have a alcohol meter and have therefore not been able to measure the strength, but it could be fun to see how the alcohol percentage has developed.

The size of the cask and the contact between alcohol and wood is good for ripening, which also means that it goes faster.
On the 17th of February (2021) we looked at the colour development. The two months that have passed has given colour as if it had been stored on a used bourbon cask for 3 years. Light yellow, but not imprinted. Yes, we also nosed, but did not taste this day. The scent was still the fat citrusy New Make that Fary Lochan makes, but had started to give notes of a little vanilla sweetness.

And now to the wild jump. We have not touched the cask for another 4 months before June 19th, 2021. Here we were somewhat surprised by the colour and the development of aroma and taste.

The storage time on the small 7 liter cask is currently 6 months. To be more precise, we measured, smelled and tasted 184 days after filling.
If we had matured on an ordinary 225 liter barrel, the development would not have gone quite as fast as it is now. In the small cask it corresponds to having matured for approx. 1 ยฝ year on a 225 liter barrel – wow.

A beautiful Golden Amber colour has been created and the scent has developed to having plums, raisins, pears, green apples, mild crรจme brรปรฉe and a little grass. It still has the young feel, but it has become a lot more round.
The taste has distinct sherry, raisin and again some grass notes. The mouthfeel is nicely oiled.
The finish is creamy, arugula, a little vanilla sweetness and actually stays quite long.

It is going to be difficult to wait 2ยฝ more years, and I wonder if it has all evaporated by that time โ€ฆ.

We talked about, if we served this to others without telling how old it is, they might have a hard time believing it is not 3 years, but only ยฝ years.

๐˜ฟ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ: Fary Lochan
๐™๐™ฎ๐™ฅ๐™š: Single Malt
๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ฎ: Denmark
๐˜ผ๐™œ๐™š: 6 months
๐˜ผ๐™ก๐™˜ %: ?
๐˜พ๐™–๐™จ๐™ ๐™จ: Px sherry
๐˜พ๐™๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก-๐™›๐™ž๐™ก๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™š๐™™: No
๐™‰๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ง๐™–๐™ก ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ก๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง: Yes
๐˜ฟ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก๐™š๐™™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ: December 2020
๐˜ฝ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ก๐™š๐™™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ: Nope, not yet
๐™‡๐™ž๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™: Very

๐Ÿ…ผ๐Ÿ†ˆ ๐Ÿ†ƒ๐Ÿ…ฐ๐Ÿ†‚๐Ÿ†ƒ๐Ÿ…ธ๐Ÿ…ฝ๐Ÿ…ถ ๐Ÿ…ฝ๐Ÿ…พ๐Ÿ†ƒ๐Ÿ…ด๐Ÿ†‚

๐Ÿ‘ƒ: Plums, raisins, young, pears, green apples, mild crรจme brรปรฉe, a little grass

๐Ÿ‘„: Oily, clear sherry, raisin, grass

๐Ÿ˜‹: Medium to long, creamy, arugula, a little vanilla sweetness

By Whisky Adventurer

Behind the name Whisky Adventurer is Lars Modvig Hesselberg. In short, I enjoy immersing myself in all aspects of the whisky world. I enjoy the stories, the people, the scents, the development, the taste, the variety, the big ones, the small ones, the distilleries and much more. Telling and passing on knowledge and experiences through speech, writing and pictures is a big part of the whole experience for me.

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