It’s a distinctly “Austrian” Single Malt Whisky.
High in the Alps, just South of the Danube, small farms cluster against each other like panels of green stained glass around the smaller-than-small hamlet of Axberg, Austria. Among other things, many of those little family farms grow grains, herbs, fruits, and vegetables. And that’s good, because in the little town of Axberg, Reisetbauer Quality Brands uses small, 300-liter pot stills to transform those local natural ingredients into a wide variety of spirits famous all over Europe.
In 1995, master distiller Hans Reisetbauer set out to make a distinctly Austrian… Single Malt Whisky. How does one go about making an Austrian Single Malt, you ask? Well, first they planted four hectares of barley on their own farm. Then they distilled it in their own shop and aged it in a combination of Austrian Chardonnay and Trockenbeerenauslese barrels. So yes, this Whisky has a distinctive Austrian terroir, but the manner and technique is... All Highlander.
Trockenbeerenauslese is a very sweet dessert Wine native to Austria. It has the highest sugar concentration of any Austrian Wine and is usually made from Riesling grapes with “noble rot” — similar to French Sauternes.