Year: 1989, possibly 1986
Country: Husband German Democratic Republic
Very Old German Whiskey - probably one of the longest matured whiskeys from Germany. It was produced in a single distillery in the GDR, at the latest in 1989, but very probably in 1986. Thus, this absolute rarity is at least 24, probably 27 years old.
Originally produced in bulk, the rye-distilled spirits were stored in medium-toasted Limousin oak barrels, while the barley malt portion was allowed to spread in refilled sherry butts. After the minimum storage period of three years, the batches were blended together and sold. Only in our particular case was a little whiskey over or well forgotten. He was in an unusually small barrel (about 100l in size) and was able to ripen until 2013 before it was discovered and in an absolutely exclusive club bottling on 85 bottles, of course in cask strength with 59.8% vol., was distributed.
The result is a truly remarkably dark and complex dram that thoroughly throws away what we've known about German whiskeys and their potential. And when you pour your first sip into the glass, give it a little time to unfold and breathe: it will reward you with ever-changing aromas and flavors.
He constantly dances between whiskey, rum and cognac aromas, almost in the direction of a dense Japanese Karuizawa from the sherry barrel, to Rye echoes à la Willet, large cinema ..., first releasing (eagle owl), to many beautiful oak flavors, then sherry, dill, coffee, fudge, vanilla, cherries, rye bread - but try it yourself!
The GDR arrives in a handmade box according to its exclusive and individual content: This is decorated with a brass plate engraved by Philipp Müller in Munich. The transparent label on the bottle underlines the amazing color of this old, very old German whiskey.