THE CARE FOR THE SOCIETY WE LIVE IN IS CLOSE TO OUR HEARTS.
A HANDMADE PRODUCTION WITH A VIEW TO SUSTAINABILITY
We create our whisky in the backyard of Købmandsgården in Ærøskøbing.
The distillery building itself, which is Købmandsgården's old laundry house, won the 'Renover specialprisen', as a recognizable renovation and recycling of the 19th century building. The laundry now forms the setting for the distillery.
The brewery where the wort is produced for distillation is located in the side building of the historic Gamle Købmandsgaard in Ærøskøbing opposite the distillery. It creates a cozy and interesting environment for our production and for visitors.
UN's 17 goals are for our inspiration and a guideline in our whisky production. We cherish the community we live in with our small production, and it is important for us to produce our whisky with a high degree of renewable energy (Goal #13). Caring for the community we live in on Ærø is close to our heart - it is our life (Goal #12).
MALT FROM ÆRØ AND SOUTHERN JUTLAND
At the same time, it has been crucial for us to strengthen local agriculture and today we use organic grain from Lone and Christian at Kammerrådgården approx. 4 km west of Ærøskøbing.
In all our Single Malt whisky's there is traceability to the individual field. We have our own malting facility in the brewery, but since we can not produce all of the malt ourselves, we also use certified organic malt from Fuglsang near Haderslev for our standard issue whisky.
OAK AND WHISKY ARE MADE FOR EACH OTHER
Ærø Oak, which is our most local whiskey is aged in a barrel from the iconic oak tree from Nørregade 25 in Ærøskøbing. The Royal Oak series is stored on a wine barrel from the Royal Danish house. Other parts of the production are stored on own import of barrels of American oak, as well as barrels from Spain, primarily former Oloroso sherry barrels
We malt our barley ourselves on our own malt floor. The process takes approx. 6 days where the barley is gently turned
We 'boil' malted barley and water over 4 stages. After the last stage, the mask is cooled before it is poured on the fermentation tanks, where it ferments for approx. 4 days
Our distillation plant is a closed circuit where we distill in two batches in the same process. The raw alcohol (new make) is approx. 85%
Ærø Whisky stores our raw alcohol in oak barrels. Sherry casks of the type Olorosso or PX are primarily used, but we also have casks made of local oak from Ærø