UK-based independent bottler Berry Bros. & Rudd recently announced the second in their series of single cask releases from distilleries in Nordic countries. Chief among these is what’s being called the world’s first cross-Nordic blend.
The second round in the Berry Bros. & Rudd Nordic Cask whisky range, according to those behind it, includes single cask bottlings from Stauning (Denmark), Teerenpeli (Finland), Thy (Denmark) and Smӧgen (Sweden). Joining these is Nordic blend Vindӧga.
Vindӧga Blended Nordic Malt Whisky, as it is described, “is vatted from ex-Sherry matured casks, finding weight from the heavy-hitting Fary Lochan (Denmark) and the robust Teerenpeli (Finland), with a large helping of peaty complexity from Sweden’s Smögen and High Coast. Finesse comes from the organic Mosgaard (Denmark) and the Arctic distillery Myken (Norway).”
The name Vindöga, as suggested by Nordic wordsmith Lars Karlsson, is an archaic Swedish word for “window”. This is a nod to the windows at the Berry Bros. & Rudd shop, which during the launch of The Nordic Casks #2, “the brand will view as a window into the Nordic whisky region.”
“We’ve found Nordic distillers to be deeply respectful of whisky’s rich and proud heritage,” said Jonny McMillan, Reserve Whisky Manager at Berry Bros. & Rudd, in a prepared statement. “Often drawing inspiration from their projects from Scotland and Japan, they show willingness to inject their spirit of locality. Be it using local grains, indigenous materials for smoking or simply producing a distillate with a sense of place.
“Berry Bros. & Rudd are proud to include in this release the first cross-Nordic blended malt, Vindӧga. Blended with input from each of the distillers and our good friend Thomas Øhrbom from Whisky Saga whom we worked with to create the final vatting.
“We hope the release further grows the region’s collaboration and inevitable global attention.”