Langatun Single Malt Whisky, from Switzerland, of which the Old Bear Cask Proof expression has been described by Jim Murray in his renowned guide The Whisky Bible, as ‘Whisky for the gods…’, is now available in the UK for the first time.
With a history dating back to the 1860s, Hans Baumberger, grandson of the original founder Jakob Baumberger, reopened the Langatun Distillery in 2007. Imported by Angels’ Nectar proprietor Highfern Ltd, initially four triple distilled single malt bottlings from Langatun are being offered.
Old Deer is the distillery’s classic single malt, distilled from un-peated barley, fermented with an English stout yeast, and matured in sherry and chardonnay casks.
Bottled after six years maturation, Old Deer is offered at sipping strength of 40% and cask proof of ∼62% Vol.
Old Bear, named as a tribute to the family’s former brewery, which had a bear as its emblem, is the distillery’s smoky offering. Distilled from peated malted barley and intriguingly matured in former Chateauneuf-du-Pape casks, again for six years.
Like Old Deer, Old Bear is offered at 40%, and cask proof of ∼62.5% Vol.
For a chance to taste Langatun, Robert Ransom, from Highfern Ltd, will be sampling at The Whisky Exchange’s Covent Garden store (2 Bedford Street) on the afternoon of Friday the 13th of May (3pm to 7pm.)
Langatun is also available from Drinkfinder, Hedonism Wines, Lincoln Whisky Shop, Master of Malt, and Shop4Whisky.