Stauning Bastard Mezcal Cask Finish Rye Whisky 46.3% 70cl
Founded in 2005 in the western part of Jutland, Denmark, Stauning – name after the small village it is based in – was set up by nine friends who had little experience in whisky-making but a great passion for the subject as a whole. The friends included a doctor, teacher, helicopter pilot, four engineers and a butcher – the latter of which was able to procure a former abatoir to begin operations, adapting any equipment they found to start production. Malting took place in the butcher’s old cold room, and milling used a old meat mincer.
Initially the team attempted to emulate smoky whiskies from Islay, and a chance meeting with whisky writer Jim Murray let him to encourage them to escalate production after he compared their spirit with Ardbeg from the 1970s. As a result the distillery was moved from the abatoir to a small farm 1.5km away in 2007, before moving to a purpose built distillery complex in the farmland in 2018. From an initial 5 stills, Stauning now has 24 small ‘pod’ stills of 2000L, with direct fire supplied by gas. All the barley and rye used is sourced within 10km away, and the entire process, including floor malting, takes place on site.
Such is the ingenuity of innovation, a purpose built machine sprays cereal with water to encourage germination while a rotating arm on a track continually turns it, removing the need for traditional hand-turning. It’s an amazing invention which so far is completely unique.
The fantastically named BASTARD spent three years in toasted virgin American oak casks before a finish of around 6 months in barrels that previously aged Mezcal agave spirits from Oro de Oaxaca.
There's a brilliant balance between the earthy, slightly smoky spiciness from the Mezcal and the darker sourdough and nutty tones of the the rye. It's an intriguing marriage of flavours which might not be to some taste - there's a juxtaposition between higher Mezcal notes and lower rye flavours - but I personally love this. It's also a cracker for an Old Fashioned with a kick!
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