Back to another whisky from Switzerland. And this would be a
Säntis Batch 1 from That Boutique-y Whisky Company.
Brauerei Locher AG, the company behind Säntis, has been around for many years and dates back to the end of the 19th century when the Locher family took over the then already existing brewery.
But it wasn’t before 1999 when they also started producing Säntis. An important year for the Swiss spirits industry, since it was then no longer prohibited to produce spirits from grain. Right from the start, all whisky was matured in the old beer casks, which still determines the character of Säntis to this day.
This Säntis is 10 years old and bottled at 54.1% ABV.
Säntis Batch 1 tasting notes:
Nose: Blueberries and blue grapes. Red berries. Brown sugar. And some oak here too. Later caramel. Red apples. And some sort of syrup.
Taste: A bit earthy. Red apples. Milk chocolate and caramel. Some spices as well, such as cinnamon and nutmeg. Oak, which gives it a bitter edge.
Finish: Mid-long and a bit drying. With the same spices. Somewhat bitter here too, 90% dark chocolate.
It’s a little odd, which I like but it gets a little bit too bitter for my taste on some points. It does need some time to open up and from then on it seems to keep developing, which gives it some nice layers and depth. An interesting one, but not an easy one!
Thanks to Atombrands for the sample.