Do you know the Rauchkofel from Austria?

Young whisky from an old family-owned distillery in East Tyrol

Since 1643 the Kuenz Distillery in East Tyrol is family owned, meanwhile in the 12th generation. The distillery is a traditional Schnapsdistillery, but Johannes and Florian Kunz started to add whisky to the portfolio some years ago. They named their single malt whisky after a mountain in the Lienzer Dolomites: the Rauchkofel.

The brothers chose Austrian barley for their whisky production, half and half wood smoked and unsmoked. The first single malt of the Kunz Distillery was released on 1 December 2017. It was a whisky who was matured in virgin oak casks from Styrian oak and finished in Sherry casks.

Now the second Rauchkofel Single Malt Whisky is on market. The whisky for this first batch of the Port Cask Finished was also matured in Styrian oak, but afterwards got a finish in port casks. This Rauchkofel release was bottled at 43% ABV and is limited to 1.167 bottles of 0.5 liters.

The aroma of the Rauchkofel Port Cask Finished presents pears and berries, paired with a hint of smoke. On the palate it is soft and creamy, showing notes of oak and spicy port wine. In the finish you can find roasted flavors, coffee and dark chocolate.