World whisky continues its upward trajectory, with more and more single malts on the market from unusual sources. This is another such whisky, made in Bavaria in the South of Germany. This whisky was distilled at the Slyrs distillery, which is found in the small market town of Schliersee, located in the Miersbach region. The distillery has been going since 1999, releasing its first whisky in 2002. In this short operating time, Slyrs have gained a reputation for good quality products, and have an output of some 65,000 bottles a year – not bad for a company of their age and size. Slyrs whisky is made using Bavarian Malt and fresh mountain spring water, a pairing which is the basis of most of the area’s outstanding beers and lagers. Another facet crucial to the unique flavour of this spirit is the unusual stills, which are almost hourglass shaped.
This whisky has been matured in 60 year old Oloroso Sherry butts sourced from a traditional Jerez bodegas. On the nose this whisky opens with aromas of dark oak, plum jam, toasted nuts, honeysuckle, cherries and sultanas. The palate adds a thick, decadent mouthfeel, with wonderful sherried fruits: plums, cherries, strawberries and red grapes. Dark oak rounds off the palate. The finish is long and lingering, with wonderful dusty oak flavours and notes of dried fruit. A truly beautiful dram. No colouring is used in the production of this whisky! Please note, this is a smaller, 35cl bottling.