Säntis Malt Edition Dreifaltigkeit is a cask strength peated whisky from Switzerland. This beauty has been matured in old (60-130 years old) oak beer casks that were smoked with oak wood by the “Swiss Highlander”. Säntis whisky is a product of Locher brewery – famous for making a wide range of beers in Appenzell, Switzerland. They take their water from the Alpstein Mountains and peat from the Upland Moor.
Edition Dreifaltigkeit (The Trinity) gets its name from a local mountain peak. This dram is stated to be lightly peated. Still, strongly peaty and smoky, it gets it all from various stages of smoke treatment in the process. The malt is smoked in three different ways: beech-smoked, oak-smoked and peat-smoked (done in two stages). Smoked in two woods, the barley is then resmoked with peat from the local Appenzell Highmoor.
The brewery started distilling whisky in 1999 and ever since then they’ve released a limited 2000 bottle output per year. Limited because of the casks, that’s being used for maturation. Before maturing whisky in them, the casks have been used for mature beer for a century in a process called lagering. Very unique but not exhaustless.
So unique and bit weird, but very good and well acknowledged, award-winning single malt whisky – if this was a movie, it would be Birdman.
Jim Murray chose Säntis Malt Edition Dreifaltigkeit aka The Trinity as Whisky Bible 2010 “European Whisky of the Year” with a score of 96,5.
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