Monday, March 26, 2018

Tasting: Fary Lochan. Forår (Spring) Batch #2

The founder and distiller of the small craft Danish whisky distillery Fary Lochan; Jens-Erik Jørgensen sadly passed away In 2016, when he lost his fight to cancer, at the age of 53.

Jens-Erik's three children and his wife Anne Birgitte has taken upon themselves to run Fary Lochan, keeping Jens-Erik's dream and heritage alive.

Fary Lochan Forår (spring) Batch #2 was released Marts 2017 and marks the first whisky without Jens-Erik. Forår is a blend of 4 single barrels; One quarter cask ex-bourbon barrel and three ex-bourbon barrels. Before marring the four casks together, they were matured for an unknown period of time in a used Laphroaig cask. The age of the barrels varies from 4,5 to 5,5 years.

Fary Lochan uses fresh nettles to smoke their malt to a PPM level at 7 - almost the same level as Springbank uses in their standard offerings. Forår is bottled at a rather high ABV 47% none the less.
True to Fary Lochan’s believes Forår was released as a very limited batch. Only 1.500 50cl. bottles, all individual numbered, and a 1.000 5cl bottles were released.

Last year I reviewed Fary Lochan's previous release, their Efterår (Fall) Batch #2, and wrote about the distillery in our 2016 edition of Around The Whiskey World In 7 Days.

Fary Lochan. Forår (Spring) Batch #2
Danish Single Malt Whisky

Distillery: Fary Lochan
Region: Denmark
Age: 4,5 – 5,5 years
Proof/ABV: 47%
DK Price: $99USD/595dkk
Release: 2017

Points: 81/100

Refreshing, crisp and crystal clear in its expression. Inviting lemon grove fragrance and heather followed by sweet malt, vanilla and a touch of milk chocolate.

Surprisingly earthly, herbal and dry.
A dominating taste of grapefruit with basil, anise and light smoke that accompany you through the finish.

Medium long zesty sweet finish. Black Ceylon tea with honey.

Though the style of Fary Lochan’s whisky is unmistakably inspired by Scottish traditions, they defiantly got a style of their own, and the Danish terroir adds a unique Scandinavian touch to it.

Fary Lochan’s Forår/Spring is a big step above they’re previously Efterår/Fall batch #2 release.

Photo & Review By: Hasse Berg