Single Malt Danish Whisky
Founded by nine friends in 2005 with a passion to make a 100% Danish whisky, Stauning create fantastic single malt from locally grown barley, pure Danish water and pot stills installed in an old butchery.
In 2018, Stauning opened up the doors to Denmark’s first purpose-built distillery. In a levelling up from their old butchery days, the sleek distillery has angles which nod to Danish aesthetics and architecture, while its burnt timber panelling and shape mirrors the fisherman’s huts on the coast. With 24 direct-fired copper stills, and a traditional malting floor, the team at Stauning pride themselves on pushing the boundaries of whisky-making.
Local peat is used for their smokier editions. Here there are none of the medicinal aromas typical of Islay, or the heavier woodsmoke of peated malts from mainland Scotland and much of Europe. Stauning's peat smoke instead is a gentle mix of earthiness, cacao, with a dried floral edge and a sweet back note.
When initially securing funding, one bank told the team to abandon their dream and 'open a bakery instead.'
Every year Stauning produce a batch which is wholly heather-smoked, adding a delicately perfumed aroma to the spirit, the only distillery in the world to do so.
In 2005, in a remote village on the West Coast of Denmark, nine friends (a doctor, a chef, a butcher, a teacher, a helicopter pilot and four engineers) began their journey to create a premium Danish whisky. They made do with an abandoned butchery, an old washing machine for mashing, barley from a local farmer, peat from a nearby museum and an old meat mincer for milling. In 2011, the first bottlings were released, and with a little help from the New Nordic food trend, Stauning began winning awards all over the world. This gave way for a brand new distillery, and more and more acclaim.
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