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Issue 121 - The Land of the Midnight Sun

Whisky Magazine Issue 121
July 2014


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The Land of the Midnight Sun

Making whisky with a Scandinavian spin

Obsessive is not the first word that comes to mind when talking about the Scandinavians. High taxes, economic stability, oil, Volvo, flatpack furniture, summer cottages, long summer nights and cold dark winters seem more likely. However, now we are talking whisky, and back to my choice of ‘obsessive'. One thing which I have discovered during my time in Scandinavia is that whatever hobby or fascination one has, it is followed through to the extreme with an intrinsic motivation!

Whisky pilgrimages to Scotland are a frequent occurrence and every other day I see a status update of someone I know heading over to visit distilleries, or even friends from the trade heading here to yet another whisky festival. I've come to the conclusion that not all these trips are fun weekends away with the lads and lasses, these are research or even espionage, hidden under the guise of tourists buying loads of products not yet available back home!

For now the time has come for the next phase of the obsessive Scandinavian whisky enthusiast – Let's make our own whisky! Hang on a minute, this isn't make your own model kit car or home brew beer, we're talking. It's full on distilleries producing quality spirit. It's not one or two either, at present there are over 25 distilleries making whisky spirit at different stages of production.

The best way to try these whiskies would be to visit one of the main festivals throughout Scandinavia, as this will allow you time to sample the local environme...

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