::: Whiskies ::.

:: An introduction to organic whiskies ::

Organic whiskies currently being released are predominantly single malts or blended malts (produced using malted barley). Though some producers are making blends or 'single grain' whiskies which contain other grains, such as organic wheat.

Historically, organic whisky production of any significant scale was largely isolated to Scotland. However, this is changing and organic whisky is now being produced in countries such as Canada, France, Sweden and the United States of America, as the world whisky category continues to grow.

Many of the organic whiskies that have been released in recent times have been outstanding. Using traditional methods, these distilleries are recapturing the essence of whisky making as it has been for centuries - without the use of chemicals. The results speak for themselves.

Organic whiskies have won a number of awards globally and many have sold out at ferocious pace.

Organic whiskies are typically non chill-filtered - providing for a richer depth of flavour. Organic whisky distilleries also avoid the use of artificial colouring to enhance appearance.

The regulations regarding organic production, labelling and certification vary from country to country. This is something to bear in mind when selecting an organic whisky, as some countries do allow limited use of non-organic fertilisers for example.

Further information on the distilleries currently producing organic whisky can be found in the Distilleries section of OrganicWhiskies.com.

:: Benromach Organic Whisky ::

The organic barley is dried using peat smoke prior to distillation. Benromach Organic Whisky is matured in virgin American oak casks made from natural, wild growing forest. The trees are not sprayed with pesticides or any other form of chemical prior to or after felling. The whisky is non chill-filtered and no colouring is used.

Benromach Organic Whisky is certified by the Soil Association. For more information on the Soil Association, see the Links section of OrganicWhiskies.com.

Bottled at 43% alcohol by volume (ABV).

:: Brenne Organic French Single Malt Whisky ::

Brenne Whisky is made from 100% organic barley, which is grown in the Cognac region of France.

The whisky is matured in new Limousin oak barrels and then finished in ex-Cognac casks. Single barrel bottlings.

Bottled at 40% alcohol by volume (ABV).

:: Bruichladdich Organic 2003 Anns an t-seann doigh ::

'Anns an t-seann doigh' is Gaelic for 'the way it used to be' or 'in the traditional way'. The Bruichladdich Organic 2003 Anns an t-seann doigh is limited to 15,000 bottles.

The organic Chalice barley used to produce this whisky was grown at Culblair Farm, near Inverness, Scotland.

The whisky was matured in new and used American oak casks. The whisky is non chill-filtered and no colouring was used.

Bruichladdich Organic 2003 Anns an t-seann doigh is Certified 100% organic by the BioDynamic Agricultural Association. For more information on the BioDynamic Agricultural Association, see the Links section of OrganicWhiskies.com.

Bottled at 46% alcohol by volume (ABV).

:: Da Mhile ::

Da Mhile Organic Single Malt Whisky

A 1000 bottle limited-edition organic whisky. Commissioned by Welsh organic farmer John Savage-Onstwedder; the whisky was distilled in June 1992 at the Springbank Distillery located in Campbeltown, Scotland.

Da Mhile is Gaelic for '2000' and the first bottling was made available prior to the millennium celebrations. Bottle number 1000 of this limited edition series was given to H.R.H. The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles.

Bottled at 46% alcohol by volume (ABV).

Da Mhile Organic Single Malt Whisky Newborn

A 153 bottle limited-edition organic whisky. The same whisky originally distilled in June 1992 for the millennium celebrations, this later release was bottled in 2007.

Bottled at 56.4% alcohol by volume (ABV).

Da Mhile Organic Single Grain Whisky

Distilled in July 2000 at the Loch Lomond Distillery, located in Alexandria, Scotland. A blend of organic malted barley and organic wheat.

Bottled at 46% alcohol by volume (ABV).

Da Mhile Organic Blended Whisky

A blend of malt (30%) distilled in June 1992 at the Springbank distillery and grain (70%) distilled in July 2000 at the Loch Lomond distillery.

Bottled at 46% alcohol by volume (ABV).

:: Highland Harvest Organic Scotch Whisky ::

Highland Harvest Organic Scotch Whisky is a blend of three organic malts (Highland, Island and Speyside regions) and an organic grain. The whisky is matured in oak barrels for 4 years.

The whisky was awarded the Prince of Wales's Royal Warrant, by H.R.H. Prince Charles in 2007.

The whisky is certified by the Soil Association, USDA NOP (United States Department of Agriculture: National Organic Program) and the CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers). For more information on these organisations, see the Links section of OrganicWhiskies.com.

Bottled at 40% alcohol by volume (ABV).

:: Journeyman Distillery ::

Three Oaks Organic Single Malt Whiskey

Created from 100% two row malted organic barley.

Bottled at 45% alcohol by volume (ABV).

Ravenswood Organic Rye Whiskey

The first batch of this rye was made in the Chicago neighborhood of Ravenswood. Production has since moved to the Featherbone building, but the whiskey is named in honour of its birthplace.

The mash bill consists of rye and wheat. The second batch, produced at the Featherbone Factory, uses organic wheat from Michigan and organic rye from Minnesota.

Matured in new white oak charred 15-gallon barrels.

Bottled at 45% alcohol by volume (ABV).

Featherbone Organic Bourbon Whiskey

Bottled at 45% alcohol by volume (ABV).

Silver Cross Organic Whiskey (Four Grains Fore Golf)

Owner and Distiller Bill Welter started his Journey in Scotland. Golf took him there but he left with a passion for whiskey and an understanding of the great people of Scotland.

The Silver Cross was given as a medal in the early days of the British Open. The Silver Cross would later come to symbolise friendship, tradition, camaraderie, and spirited competition.

One percent of all proceeds will be dedicated to the betterment of the game of golf and the people that play it.

The mash bill consists of equal parts of rye, wheat, corn and barley

Bottled at 45% alcohol by volume (ABV).

Buggy Whip Organic Wheat Whiskey

The site of the Journeyman Distillery, the Featherbone Factory, was originally owned by EK Warren - a businessman who revolutionised the making of corsets and buggy whips in the 1880s. The whiskey is named in his honour.

Bottled at 45% alcohol by volume (ABV).

:: KOVAL Distillery ::

KOVAL Whiskeys are made from grain to bottle at their Chicago distillery.

The whiskeys detailed below are certified organic, non-chill filtered and natural colour (no caramel added).

KOVAL Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey

This Bourbon Whiskey has the requisite mash bill of at least 51% corn, but instead of the usual rye or wheat supplement, they have included one of the main cereals of Asia and Africa - Millet.

The whiskey is aged in charred new American oak barrels.

Bottled single barrel at 47% alcohol by volume (ABV).

KOVAL Four Grain Single Barrel Whiskey

Four Grain is distilled from a mash bill of oat, malted barley, rye, and wheat.

The whiskey is aged in heavily charred new American oak barrels from Minnesota.

Bottled single barrel at 47% alcohol by volume (ABV).

KOVAL Millet Single Barrel Whiskey

The whiskey has been made from 100% Millet, a grain which is prized across Asia and Africa.

The whiskey is aged in new American oak barrels from Minnesota.

Bottled single barrel at 40% alcohol by volume (ABV).

KOVAL Oat Single Barrel Whiskey

The whiskey has been made from 100% Oat. The grain was sourced from a local organic farmer collective.

The whiskey is aged in new American oak barrels from Minnesota.

Bottled single barrel at 40% alcohol by volume (ABV).

KOVAL Rye Single Barrel Whiskey

The whiskey has been made from 100% Rye. The grain was sourced from a local organic farmer collective.

The whiskey is aged in new American oak barrels from Minnesota.

Bottled single barrel at 40% alcohol by volume (ABV).

Limited Editions

KOVAL also produces a number of single grain, Limited Edition Whiskeys.

They offer 'Toasted Barrel' and 'Charred Barrel' releases of these whiskeys.

The Limited Editions are bottled single barrel at 40% alcohol by volume (ABV).

:: Pemberton Distillery Single Malt Whisky ::

The whisky is made using organic barley grown in the Salmon Valley and Peace River regions of British Columbia (Canada). Their water is sourced from the mountains behind the distillery.

Pemberton Distillery Single Malt Whisky is produced entirely on site at the distillery, from mashing through to bottling.

The whisky is 100% organic, non-chill filtered and natural colour (no caramel added).

Bottled at 44% alcohol by volume (ABV).

:: Spirit of Hven Distillery ::

The whiskies are made from barley to bottle at the family owned distillery on the small Swedish island of Ven.

The whiskies detailed below are certified organic, non-chill filtered and natural colour (no caramel added).

Spirit of Hven Backafallsbyn - Seven Stars No.1 Dubhe - Organic Swedish Single Malt Whisky

Released in March 2013, this is the first of seven limited edition whiskies that will be released in the Seven Stars series. The No.1 Dubhe release is limited to 10,250 bottles.

The whisky is named after a star, Dubhe (also known as Alpha Ursae Majoris), which is the second brightest star in the constellation of Ursa Major. The star forms part of the 'Big Dipper' (also known as the 'Plough' or the 'Great Bear').

Matured in a combination of American oak, French oak and Spanish oak casks. Each whisky is bottled by hand, signed and individually numbered.

Bottled at 45% alcohol by volume (ABV).

Spirit of Hven Backafallsbyn - Seven Stars No.2 Merak - Organic Swedish Single Malt Whisky

Released in March 2014, this is the second of seven limited edition whiskies that will be released in the Seven Stars series. The No.2 Merak release is limited to the number of bottles which were drawn from the marriage of 25 casks.

The whisky is named after a star, Merak (also known as Beta Ursae Majoris), in the constellation of Ursa Major. The star forms part of the 'Big Dipper' (also known as the 'Plough' or the 'Great Bear').

Matured in a combination of American oak, French oak and Spanish oak casks. Each whisky is bottled by hand, signed and individually numbered.

Bottled at 45% alcohol by volume (ABV).