The 2nd Step Collection 03

The third and last edition in The 2nd Step Collection is a peaty vatting of bourbon casks and casks of American and Hungarian virgin oak. It is a whisky in classic Islay style with a spicy edge of virgin oak, mainly American (Quercus alba). The average age is 5.5 years.

 

Recipe to The 2nd Step Collection 03

88 % of the ingoing whisky is peated.

67.3 % is 5.3 years old peated whisky from 200-litres 1st fill bourbon casks.
8.7 % is 5.51 years old peated whisky from 135-litres 1st fill bourbon casks.
4.8 % is 5.22 years old unpeated whisky from 85-litres medium toasted American virgin Oak.
4.9 % is 5.2 years old unpeated whisky finished for 25 months in 96-litre charred American oak.
2.4 % is 5.84 years old peated whisky finished for 25 months in 96-litres charred American oak.
7.3 % is 5.25 years old peated whisky finished for 25 months in 96-litres hard toasted American oak.
2.3 % is 5.34 years old peated whisky from 55-litres medium toasted Hungarian virgin oak.
2.4 % is 5.34 years old unpeated whisky from 55-litres medium toasted Hungarian virgin oak.

The 2nd Step Collection 03 is neither chill-filtered nor coloured.

Ingredients

Yeast: Fermentis Safwhisky M-1

Unpeated Malt: Pilsen Malt from Vikingmalt in Halmstad/Sweden.

Peated malt: From Castle Maltings in Belgium. Dried using Scottish peat to a phenol content of 31,39, 43 and 45 ppm.

Ingoing barley varieties: Tipple, Quench, Publican, Henley and Sebastian.

Process water: From the Bålsjön lake, filtered through sand and coal filters.

Cooling water: From the Ångerman river

Ingoing batches: 18B–27B, 56A–65A, 109A–113A, 124B, 135B–142B, 146A–164A, 173A–181B

Batch size: 1.2 tonnes of malt

Average fermenting time: 80 hours in stainless steel washbacks.

Distilled between 2nd of March 2011 and 8th of December 2011

 

First cut of the run

Unpeated recipe: 13 minutes (foreshots)
Peated recipe: 30 minutes (foreshots)

Second cut of the run

Unpeated recipe 67 % ABV (20°C)
Peated recipe: 60 % ABV (20°C)

Ingoing casks

The 200-litres Bourbon casks are made in Kentucky.
The 110- and 135-litres Bourbon casks are remade Bourbon barrels from Speyside Cooperage in Scotland.
The casks of American virgin oak are made of Kelvin Cooperage in USA.
The casks of Hungarian oak are made in Hungary.

The casks have been stored in a damp warehouse up until October 2014, reducing the alcohol strength. From October 2014 to August 2016 the casks were stored in a drier environment in Box warehouse No. 3.

On the 24th of February 2017 3 266 kg whisky with an average alcohol strength of 59.71 % was emptied into a vatting tank.

Alcohol level was adjusted to the predetermined level of 51.3% prior bottling.

Number of bottles: 8 291

 

We recommend letting The 2nd Step Collection 03 breathe for a short time in the glass before drinking. Feel free to add a few drops of water in order to enhance and bring the whisky’s aroma to life.

Short Facts

Alcohol content: 51.3 % ABV
Age: 5.2 years (average 5.5 years)
Phenol content: 0, 31, 39, 43 and 55 ppm. Average 38.6 ppm (malt)
Casks: 1st fill bourbon (76 %), American virgin oak (19 %) Hungarian virgin oak (5 %)
Number of bottles: 8 291
Bottle volume: 500 ml
Price: 743 SEK