Stauning El Clásico: Rye meets vermouth casks

The Danish Stauning Rye Whisky El Clásico is the third edition of the Research Series


With El Clásico, the Danish Stauning Distillery presents the third product of its experimental Research Series, following the the Stauning Curious and the Stauning Bastard. "El Clásico is the first rye whisky in the world that has aged in vermouth casks,” the distillery proudly declares.

The basis for the whisky is 51% malted rye and 49% malted barley. The locally grown grain is malted on site at Stauning's own malting floors. Rye whisky and vermouth are an ideal combination in the glass and the basis for the well-known Manhattan cocktail. So why not combine the flavours already in the casks, the adventurous Danes asked themselves and finished the whisky for the El Clásico in Spanish vermouth casks after its maturation in virgin American oak casks.

When designing the bottle illustration, tattoo artist Thit Hansgaard was also inspired by wormwood, the herb that gives the vermouth its special aroma. In its history, the medicinal herb has often been associated with evil and misfortune and so Hansgaard chose a daemonic design.

At the World Whisky Awards 2021, the Stauning El Clásico was chosen as the winner in its category. It is bottled at 45.7% ABV, unchill-filtered and uncoloured.

Producer’s tasting notes for the Stauning El Clásico

Nose: The nose is filled with the scent of apples, oranges, ripe plum, warm spices, cinnamon and roasted caramel.

Taste: The lips are meet with a sweet and piercing kiss of dried fruits, citrus and crushed pepper.

Finish: The warm aftertaste has bittersweet notes of vermouth that stays inside the body for a long time.

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