World-class single malt whisky from the High Coast
By Malin Norman | Photos: High Coast Whisky
High Coast Whisky has experienced a fantastic journey, from humble beginnings in a small village by the river Ångermanälven to the largest producer of single malt whisky in Sweden.
Swedish whisky is gaining ground, and in particular High Coast Whisky. Established by a group of whisky-loving friends in 2007, its single malt whisky is now available in 10 countries around the world, including Germany, France and the UK, as well USA and Asia. Loved by connoisseurs, High Coast Whisky has also won awards in some of the world’s most prestigious competitions, including the International Spirits Challenge and Single Malt World Cup.
What is the secret to its popularity? ”It boils down to quality and composition,” believes Linus Håkansson, CEO. “In the distillery, we have a precise process based on the unique local conditions and our Northern climate. Our warehouses aren’t tempered, so there’s a 50-degree temperature difference between summer and winter, and the river provides ice-cold water for cooling – all adding to the elegant character of the whisky.”
The broad line-up includes best-sellers such as The Origins. This core range of four whiskies is a homage to the distillery’s heritage and where the whisky is made. Another favourite is Harbours Collection, again with four editions representing harbours of great importance to the High Coast. On 17 May, High Coast Whisky will release its oldest whisky so far, a 13-year old whisky aged on Oloroso sherry barrels.
A popular hub for all things whisky
And the journey continues. High Coast Distillery has recently signed a three-year deal with The Bishops Arms, with selected products available at the chain’s 39 pubs in Sweden. The distillery also begins a collaboration with Sweden Rock, Scandinavia’s largest rock and metal festival, and will produce the festival’s coveted vintage whisky for the next three years.
Moreover, lots are happening at the distillery itself, with some 20,000 yearly visitors coming to see the production, enjoy a lovely meal in Restaurang 63°N and, of course, taste the renowned whisky. What you might not know is that the distillery also brews its own beer, available in the bar. Special meetings are organised for private barrel owners, and there’s even a whisky academy for those who want to learn more.
At the end of June, the distillery hosts its largest event, the legendary High Coast Whisky Festival. “It’s the party of the year,” promises Håkansson. “You will be able to challenge your palate, enjoy world-class whisky and delicious food, as well as great live music. Don’t miss it!”
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