Whisky Castle – Smoke Barley

That’s one of the strangest titles ever to start a whisky review with. It says absolutely nothing, apart from the smoke thing. Anyway, Whisky Castle is a Swiss distiller from Elfingen and they’ve been producing whisky for a couple of years now. Releases haven’t been sizeable, especially not for from the distillery and the only way I got my hands on a sample was by ‘accident’ when I received some Douglas of Drumlanrig samples from Elise van Tol, of DH17 fame.

I also think the price tag on each bottle doesn’t really help them, since their drams start at about € 96, for the 3 year olds.

Smoke BarleyYou smell right away that it’s only about 3 years old. Very youngish, spirity with sharp smoke. Very flat too with not too many things happening yet. Firewood, vanilla, pepper and ‘old gin’.

Very thin again with some vanilla and spices, mostly pepper. Slightly smoky, wood smoke instead of peat.

Short, as I expected with such youngsters. A very slight smoke and pepper revival before disappearing completely.

I think this can be described as promising, but I think it needs about a decade more to start being complex enough and pick up enough from the wood to loose the young taste and scent. The smoke is almost tanglible on the nose and much less so later on, which makes me believe in the ‘too young’ bit even more. For now, boring and mostly fun for visiting a distillery if you happen to be in Switzerland.

Whisky Castle Smoke Barley, OB, 43%, cask 481, € 96

1 star

Oh, and a tip for Whisky Castle: Get an English version of your site up, please!


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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One Response to Whisky Castle – Smoke Barley

  1. Guillaume says:

    thanks god someone finally wrote a review on that…

    well as he says the ” Whisky(moonshine)” is very “young (you’ll puke)” and it needs a “few more years (don’t ever buy it)”

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