A German whisky, plus an honest age of only 3 years, can that be something?
On the other hand, we know that the whisky from the St. Kilian distillery in Rüdenau, Lower Franconia, cannot be much older than these three years, since the distillery released its first 3-year-old whisky in 2019.
To the marketing frills: the whisky comes in a very nice, heavy bottle, which we only know from the several hundred Euro Glendronach Grandeur Batches.
In addition, the Amarone barrel used is exactly named here: "1st Fill Amarone della Valpolicella Butt", that sounds at least high quality.
The color is in any case a dark red-brown and promises a full Amarone load.
The distillery has already brought out a special bottling, the spirit of which was also allowed to mature in said Amarone red wine barrels from the northern Italian wine region of Valpolicella for at least 27 months. Since this spirit was not yet 3 years old, the term "whisky" was dispensed with (price: approx. € 27 for the 0.35l bottle).
The issue price for this single malt is around 55 euros.
Undiluted: An intense and spicy nose, thick dry red wine with some acidity, spicy oak, a minimal smoke note is also present. The aroma reminds me of a Port Charlotte (eg MRC: 01) with less smoke. In addition dark, ripe cherries and blackberries. The alcohol is very well integrated for the 3 years. With the addition of water, it becomes a little more fruity and sherry.
You can use it undiluted despite the almost 60% vol. drink relatively well, very spicy and strong, very nutty. Overall, however, it gives off little flavors in the mouth and is anything but "creamy and oily".
With water it becomes significantly creamier, but also bitter. A lot of oak wort and tannins.
Dry, a slight bitterness spreads in the mouth. There is no persistent aroma load. The finish is not very long.
I like it for a 3 year old whisky, the Amarone red wine barrel gets through very well and the alcohol is well integrated.
It is not very complex, but it is still well crafted. The taste could be a little thicker and more oily for me.
For people who like oak, woody bitterness and intense red wine finishes in whisky, the whisky can be interesting. It is not noticeable that the whisky comes from Germany, it could just as well be a Scot.
Recommended for the price of 55 euros.