Tuesday 13 March 2018

Floki Young Malt Review

Hi everyone,

Iceland is a beautiful place. Stunning landscape, and a great place for adventure, whale watching and the northern lights.
But perhaps not the best place for making whisky.
To be fair to this, it isn’t whisky. Not yet. This is an under matured malt spirit, that has been aged for around 1 year I think, in virgin oak. It’s also made with local barley and from a single cask.
The idea of my rating system was always to use the whole scale but I really never thought I’d be using the proper bottom end of the scale. The only two I’ve scored below 40 haven’t really been whiskies. This is one of those.
Photo Courtesy of Master of Malt

Floki Young Malt 47%
Colour: Dark Gold
Body: Medium
Nose: A horrible mix of off notes. Horribly rubbery, awfully yeasty, a rotting sweetness. Really weird.
Taste: The texture maybe is the most off-putting thing, this burnt plastic and rubbery mouthfeel. Yeasty, sharp and weird.
Finish: Medium length. Maybe the worst bit, makes you gag and want to spit it out.
The worst thing I've put in my mouth in a long time. I would seriously recommend avoiding this, especially at the price you’d pay in the Icelandic duty free for the 50cl bottles.

Thanks for reading!

Network Average: 74.7
Best Score: 93
Worst Score: 12
0-49 Terrible
50-59 Bad
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
70-74 Good
75-79 Very Good
80-84 Excellent
85-89 Superb
90+ Magnificent

Full Disclosure Disclaimer: I currently work as a Brand Ambassador for Penderyn Distillery. The views expressed here are purely my own and do not reflect the views of Penderyn Distillery or The Welsh Whisky Company. I try to maintain as much objectivity as I can but feel free to take my reviews with as big a pinch of salt as you like. Furthermore, my rating scale is NOT based on a Parker type wine scoring scale or a school/college/university % or A-F grade score. You can find more on my scoring here. I apologise for any seemly low or 'bad' scores given with my system and I am sorry I can't say only nice things. Please keep in mind that I am ethically compromised and I am unable to produce 100% unbiased reviews.

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