Svensk Rok is all about Swedish smoke. The peaty one of the range, the Rok is not your average smokey whisky. Juniper has been used to season foods in Sweden for generations and the same principle is applied here: juniper is used alongside peat to smoke the barley, almost seasoning the smoke.
No berries are used, just the twigs and needles as the juniper bushes they collect from are protected. The smoked whisky is produced to about 55/60 ppm which is pretty heavily peated. However, Svensk Rok is 1/3 smoked whisky and 2/3 unsmoked which brings the peat in to balance. Casks for this whisky were up to 14 years old and a mix of Swedish, ex-bourbon and ex-oloroso.
A much more fragrant style of smokey whisky, the juniper adds a wonderful herbal, piney freshness. The smoke isn’t that overpowering medicinal smell you might get from other heavily peated whiskies, but sweeter and spicy. There’s layers of zingy citrus fruits, green fruits and a little saltiness.