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Spirit of Hven Seven Stars No. 2 Merak, 45%

Price: $124 Issue: Summer 2014 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

Henric Moulin is a passionate ‘grain to glass' whisky maker who established Sweden's third pot still distillery in 2008. This 25-cask batch puts up a nose of cantaloupe, green grapes, fruit syrups, Black Jack candy, kid leather, and a whiff of peat smoke. Soft in the mouth, it's peppery, with herbal notes, slabs of vanilla fudge, and a little milk chocolate. Water adds a dash of creaminess, but it's preferable neat. The wax-dipped bottles will appeal to Maker's fans.€90