Solera is a process where the liquid is continuously re-filled with younger spirits. For each batch and bottling, there will always be small amounts of the first batch present. High Coast use six stories of barrels, where the top level will be re-filled with the new distillate. The next levels will each be topped up with the liquid from the level above it, and eventually the bottom level will be used to bottle the whisky (and the top re-filled again). This is batch 1, so no real "solera effect" to speak of yet!
0.5 (Yellow gold)
Fresh, sweet, fruity, floral. Vanilla and pears. Reminds a fair bit about the nose on the "Älv" bottlings, but stronger.
A lot of spice. Behind a pretty harsh mouthfeel we get some honey and lime along with the standard vanilla.
More spice, heaps of it. Nutty. Licorice. Slightly tannic and winey on the tail end.
A bit aggressive and uneven. Hardly balanced, a bit too much on the spice. With water - much better on the harshness but still a bit on the rough/dry side. On the plus side - lovely nose and an energetic delivery. Definitely water it.
77 / 100