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MIke at Ängarna

Swedish Whiskey in an American Style

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Well, I always like to know who I’m dealing with so here is a bit about us. I grew as a military brat; Dad was in the US Air Force. I grew up mostly in Northern California and received a degree in Biology and Biochemistry in San Diego, before getting a PhD in Molecular Genetics from Notre Dame (Go Irish!! Sorry, we’re programmed to do that). After that I moved to Northern Sweden for my post-doc, spent 8 years there and met the communist (my wife). Olga, my partner in crime, grew up in the Soviet Union. After Umeå we moved to Aberdeen and lived in Scotland for 4 years. The communist wasn’t happy there so we moved back to Sweden, Stockholm to be exact. I am currently an Associate Professor in Neuroscience at Uppsala University. My only claim to fame, I’ve gotten quite drunk with two different Nobel Prize winners.

WIth Ängarna (the Meadows in Swedish) Destilleri (distillery, but I guess you figured that out) our goal is to make fantasitc American-style whiskey. We really believe that the Stockholm region is a great place to make whiskey. We have cold humid winters and warm dry summers. Had the local water evaluated, and it is perfect for making whiskey - No iron, high calcium. It is similar to Kentucky, though admittedly the calcium levels are lower. The water is also very clean, as is the air. We have fantastic grains in Sweden, high starch corn and high lignin rye (spicy). We will even get our malted barley from Sweden. Sweden grows excellent barley. We are currently in the process of fund raising and looking for head disitller. 

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A Neuroscientist and you aren't working on a more cerebral spirit (har har)?

Lots of focus on terpenes as psychoactives these days, along with other potential (non-proven) "health benefits".  Alpha-pinene or eucalyptus (1,8-cineole)as AChE inhibitors, Limonene as an anti-depressant, Linalool as a sedative, Myrcene as an analgesic.  All fairly common terpenes found in typical gin botanicals.


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