Iceland, like Scotland a place of uncanny natural beauty, but with far less liquid sunshine to accompany you on the long hiking trails or cold nights in the tent. The reason why is obvious: no familiar pagodas on the Icelandic horizon. But fear not the country is home to two young distilleries: Eimverk and Þoran. The former was founded in 2009 near the capital Reykjavik and after a couple of test runs with their ‘young malt’ they released a few bottles of single malt in 2016, under the name 'Flóki'.
Description: a NAS, bottled in 2016 as the inaugural release of Eimverk, named ‘Flóki 1st Impression’.
Nose:almost unnoticeable at first, later develops into a faint floral bouquet with notes of mandarin peel and traces of wet clay.
Mouth: as expected the body is on the lighter side. The palate is comprised of bitter salted caramel with a touch of alcohol, young wood and roasted macadamia nuts.
Finish:short, bitter and slightly mouth drying. Like slobbering on a wool sweater.
The Verdict:noticeably young, but promising. They are clearly going for a delicate and light style of single malt, which came as a bit of a surprise. The Icelander’s I know are usually sweet tooths, fond of liquorice and chocolate, therefore would a heavier highland style not have been more suitable? Or maybe a more fruity style? I found the whisky a bit too timid and still lacking much needed depth, but hey it’s only their “1st Impression”. Will follow the Eimverk distillery’s progress with great interest.
< 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs 75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it 80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet 90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle 95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house