Danish whisky makers Stauning have launched a limited-edition Rye Sweet Wine whisky. The new offering was finished in sweet wine casks.
Stauning Rye Sweet Wine first aged for three years in new American oak casks, then went through an additional two years of maturation in Marsala, Gewürztraminer and Romandalo sweet wine casks.
“The Sweet Wine Rye is part of a big project, where we have done tests on more than 100 different casks – different woods, beers, wines, fortified wines, spirits – to find out which type of casks fits the character of a Danish whisky,” explained Alex Munch, co-founder of Stauning. “Over the next few years we will see a lot of different bottlings come from this project. We vat different types of these casks together to find the best match and complexity. Could it be different fortified wines, or Calvados and stout beer, or Mizunara wood or ex-Japanese rum casks? The future will tell.”
A gentle explosion of roasted rye kernels, ripe fruits, dark caramel and malt, the nose offers citrus aromas alongside sweet berries and apples. The palate is fruity and full-bodied with hints of vanilla, cinnamon, and pickled ginger and a bittersweet aftertaste. The brand recommends serving on the rocks or in a classic cocktail.
Just 2,909 bottles of the whisky will be released. Clocking in at at 46% ABV, Stauning Rye Sweet Wine is priced at $112 per bottle.
For more information, head over to the brand’s official website.
In June, Stauning hosted the fourth World Whisky Forum at its distillery on Denmark’s west coast. In May, Stauning released what is considered to be the world’s first rye whisky finished in vermouth barrels, and dubbed it El Clásico.