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Issue 134 - The Vikings Are Coming (Again)

Whisky Magazine Issue 134
March 2016


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The Vikings Are Coming (Again)

Danish whisky on the rampage

Scandinavia has slowly been developing into a hotbed of small whisky distilleries with the Swedish guys and girls from Mackmyra at the forefront since 1999. But a small country south of Sweden is rapidly becoming an interesting niche player as well; and seen as serious by greats in the industry as witnessed by Diageo's recent £10 million investment in Stauning Distillery.

Stauning Distillery sits on the northwest coast of Denmark, in a region called Jutland and has been around for nearly a decade. In August 2006 the first distillate ran from their pot stills, manufactured in Spain. Currently Stauning produces three types of whisky: unpeated single malt, peated single malt and, rather unusual for this part of the world, a malted rye. The nine founders, a group of friends, aged between the early 30s and late 50s, form an eclectic group: four engineers, a doctor, a butcher, a teacher, a chef and a pilot. They are proud of their Danish heritage and exclusively use local barley, rye and peat. Stauning Distillery can be visited on specific dates and by appointment only. Currently the tours are conducted either in Danish or in German.

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Denmark is the old Viking Country, once ruled by the famous King Canute, who managed to unite his kingdom of Denmark with that of England, Norway, and parts of Sweden, way back when in the 11th Century. Coincidentally, his grandfather Harald Bluetooth's name lives on in many IT products as a p...

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