Fary Lochan Efterår Batch 1, 48%

Fary Lochan is a distillery and winery in Farre, Denmark. It’s a tiny distillery in a small town in Jutland, which is more or less the entire mainland of Danmark. It sits smack in the middle of the peninsula and is situated near a small burn and a lake, and the location was chosen for its supposedly ideal conditions for making and maturing whisky.

The Fary Lochan distillery is a rather new place and they laid down their first casks in the warehouse on December 31st of 2009. That makes the whisky I tasted just over 3.5 years old. Still young but they already seem to be taking their time for the first whisky to come out. Most distilleries would release at the earliest possible moment.

But, in the end it all boils down to the taste of the dram, doesn’t it?

Tasting the Fary Lochan. Not bad at all!

Tasting the Fary Lochan. Not bad at all!

It’s young and exactly like a young whisky. Not too rich, but quite spirity. Massive scents of barley and a surprising wood aroma. Old apple and leather too.

Young, of course. Spirity, of course. It’s rather gentle, on the palate I would have guessed lower than 48%. Quite fruity and spicy. Some red fruits and pear.

The fruitiness goes on for a while with a tiny hint of spiciness behind it. The pear and oak are gone quickly.

While this is a very young whisky and therefore doesn’t offer much depth and layeredness, it’s not all that bad actually. I am surprised by the flavour it has already developed and if this is the direction their whisky is going, it’s going to be a distillery to keep an eye out for.

Having said that, I do think the whisky needs more time in the barrel. Not even to iron out the creases but just to gain more from the cask. Gain some depth and richness. Not something I would spend my money on. YET.

Fary Lochan Efterår Batch 1, 48%, 5cl miniature.

The sample was sent to me by Steffen Brauner, and supplied by the distillery! Thanks a million guys, keep at it!

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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