Distillery InsightsStauning – Danish Whisky

26th April 2021

NEW NORDIC WHISKY FROM THE WEST COAST OF DENMARK

Distilling is a journey which starts in the field and ends in the spirit flowing from the still

Outside the small village of Stauning, whisky is being made the Stauning way: Local grains, floor malting and direct-fired small pot stills. That’s how this whisky best reflect the surroundings by the West Coast: the wind, the soil, the crops, the water and the peat.

Stauning – Danish Whisky, Summerton Whisky Club

The Story of Stauning Whisky begins on a weekend trip in Denmark in May 2005. While enjoying a glass of single malt scotch whisky we began to wonder why no one in Denmark makes whisky.

Our climate, quality barley and pure water covers all the requirements. We simply had to try and make a Danish single malt whisky of finest quality. Nine friends started out on this new hobby. A hobby that soon consumed all our spare time. With a former butcher in the group we had our premises.

Stauning – Danish Whisky, Summerton Whisky Club

We needed to spend some time on fixing them up so they could be approved for the production of whisky. We could finally buy the most important equipment of all – the pot stills. Pot stills are not exactly a standard product in Denmark, so we ended up having them custom made in Spain and transported to Denmark. A 400 litre wash still and a 200 litre spirit still. Besides the pot stills for distillation we needed to find solutions for many other tasks and problems. Malting the barley, the kiln, mash tun, fermentation vessels etc. Many ideas were generated, and many crazy but effective inventions were made and finally we were ready to produce.

Stauning – Danish Whisky, Summerton Whisky Club

Images © Stauning

Stauning Whisky was founded by a group of nine

We are a mixed bunch consisting of four engineers, a teacher, a chef, a butcher, a pilot and a doctor. Our different backgrounds have been our strength throughout the work involved in setting up the distillery right from scratch. Stauning Whisky is the only active Danish whisky production that only uses malted Danish barley and malted Danish rye, while using copper pot stills for distillation. For the production of Stauning Whisky, there are no shortcuts or compromises on the way to the finished product.

Stauning – Danish Whisky, Summerton Whisky Club
  • We use local Danish barley and rye, we floor malt ourselves.
  • We use Danish peat and heather for the Smoked Whisky.
  • We use direct heated pot stills for distillation.

We have great respect for the whisky production in Scotland, and have chosen to follow their historical production principles. In this way we ensure that Stauning Whisky is truly unique. Both the only one of its kind, and a whisky with high quality, character and history.

Stauning – Danish Whisky, Summerton Whisky Club

We are driven by curiosity and the guideline has always been premium quality. These two elements have also carried the development of our new distillery. All the inventions that they have developed over time have been brought into the new distillery buildings. We still floor malt all our grain and we still use direct heated stills – but we now use 24 small pot stills.

Stauning – Danish Whisky, Summerton Whisky Club

DISTILLERY INFO

Stauning – Danish Whisky, Summerton Whisky Club
NAME

Stauning Whisky

ADDRESS

Stauningvej 38, Stauning
Skjern
Denmark 6900

WEBSITE

www.stauningwhisky.com

DATE ESTABLISHED

Winter 2005

ANNUAL CAPACITY (l)

900,000 LPA

WATER SOURCE

Local, groundwater

MALT SPECIFICATIONS

Changing variety of rye and barley

MALT SOURCE

Local farmers

YEAST TYPE

Distillers yeast

GRIST WEIGHT (T)

MASH TUN TYPE

WORT CLARITY

Very unclear. Never had it measured.

WASHBACKS (QUANTITY)

7

WASHBACKS (SIZE)

32,000 (Filled with approx. 22,000l per batch).

WASHBACK TYPE

Stainless steel and wooden lid.

FERMENTATION TIME

Approx. 90 hrs

WASH STILLS (QUANTITY)

16

WASH STILLS CHARGE

SPIRIT STILLS (QUANTITY)

8

SPIRIT STILL CHARGE

CONDENSER TYPE

Vertical tube – copper.

NEW MAKE STRENGTH

approx. 67-69%

FILLING STRENGTH

64%

WAREHOUSING

600 m2 warehouses. Barrels standing.