A had a very pleasant surprise one Tuesday in Bremen, Germany, when visiting my friends at Piekfeine Brände.
Birgitta Schulze Van Loon, the owner, welcomed me and we had a good chat about what had been going on at the distillery since I visited last time.
I had time to chat with Ole and Philipp who were busy bottling and labeling in the production area.
Mathias joined us and told about some of the new products.
Now it was time for Jannik and me to go to the new warehouse. It is a little drive from the distillery, just about 10 minuets if traffic allows it.
I was about to witness the upcoming warehouse, visitor center, shop and a gorgeous tasting room.
The warehouse is located at Union-Brauerei, a brewery where some of the wort for Van Loon whisky is made.
Jannik showed me around the new warehouse, that was in the making and he also had a surprise for me 😎 He showed me how to use the valinch (the tool to take the whisky out of the cask with. In this case a glass pipe you suck up the whisky from the cask and put your finger over the inhale hole and place the pipe in the bottle and let the whisky flow into the bottle by removing your finger again and the repeat) He then told me to fill my own bottle 😮
We had been talking about what new whiskies they had been making and when He told me to fill my bottle with the not yet released Van Loon Port wine finish it was like a dream come true 🤗
That feeling of smelling the whisky in the cask and having the privilege of taking out of the cask and tasting…… What a great feeling.
Straight out of the Port wine cask!
The whisky has been resting in different cask types. A First fill 100 liter ex-bourbon barrel and a 225 liter Burgundy red wine barrique was married after 3 years and then finished in Tawny Port wine cask for about 1 year.
I tasted it straight out of the cask at 60% ABV and it is full of fruity flavours, warming but soft with a load of pear notes, plum and dark chocolate. It has a good burst of the red wine and the Port wine takes over at the end and stays together with some vanilla and wood for a long time.
It is a whisky that tastes significantly different from other with a port wine finish. It’s one of the things that makes Piekfeine Brände Van Loon whisky interesting and one of a kind.
When it is released it will be at 43% ABV but I belive it still will be a fantastic whisky it can take the lower ABV without los in complexity.
𝘿𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙧𝙮: Birgitta Rust-Piekfeine Brände
𝙉𝙖𝙢𝙚: Van Loon – Port Wine Finish(CS)
𝙏𝙮𝙥𝙚: Single Malt
𝘾𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙩𝙧𝙮: Germany – Bremen
𝘼𝙜𝙚: 4 Years old
𝘼𝙡𝙘 %: 60
𝘾𝙖𝙨𝙠𝙨: First fill Ex-bourbon barrel and a Burgundy Red wine barrique for 3 years and finished in a Tawny Port wine cask for about 1 year
𝘽𝙖𝙩𝙘𝙝: Was to become batch 1
𝙉𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝙘𝙤𝙡𝙤𝙪𝙧: Yes
𝘿𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣: 2014
𝘽𝙤𝙩𝙩𝙡𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣: 2018
𝙇𝙞𝙢𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙙: Yes – taken straight from the cask 🙂
🅼🆈 🆃🅰🆂🆃🅸🅽🅶 🅽🅾🆃🅴🆂
👃: Wood, spices, sweet, clover, nutmeg
👄: Warming, fruity, pear, plum, dark chocolate, nutmeg, vinous
😋: Long finish with the Port wine grape notes, vanilla, wood
𝙄 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙨𝙠𝙮: 🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃 (5/6)
🅼🆈 🆁🅰🆃🅸🅽🅶 🆂🆈🆂🆃🅴🅼
🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃 – 𝙀𝙭𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙧𝙮 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙨𝙠𝙮 – 𝙙𝙚𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙮 𝙖 𝙠𝙚𝙚𝙥𝙚𝙧
🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃 – 𝘼 𝙗𝙚𝙖𝙪𝙩𝙞𝙛𝙪𝙡 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙨𝙠𝙮 – 𝙊𝙣𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙝𝙚𝙡𝙛
🥃🥃🥃🥃 – 𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙄 𝙙𝙤𝙣’𝙩 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙠 – 𝙈𝙮 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙙𝙖𝙮 𝙙𝙧𝙖𝙢 𝙢𝙖𝙮𝙗𝙚
🥃🥃🥃 – 𝙉𝙤𝙩 𝙗𝙖𝙙 – 𝙄’𝙡𝙡 𝙙𝙤 𝙞𝙩 𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙙𝙖𝙮
🥃🥃 – 𝙄𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙛𝙪𝙣 𝙩𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙄 𝙢𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙙𝙤 𝙞𝙩 𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣
🥃 – 𝙇𝙚𝙩’𝙨 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙨𝙖𝙮 𝙄 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙩