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






Nose:
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.

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

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