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St. Kilian Webshow May 4, 2024



St. Kilian's web shows are popular.


They have now set the standard for German and international presentations. For those who want to look behind the labels, the live productions from Rüdenau in Lower Franconia are recommended.


St. Kilian's approach to transparency is exemplary
and is recommended for imitation.


What is special about it?


  • Accompanying sample packages allow parallel tasting and assessment of the whiskies and liqueurs.

  • The barley varieties, malt recipes , fermentation processes and distillation methods, barrel management and maturation are explained in detail. Image information and illustrative films allow guests to visually participate in the production processes being discussed. They are therefore understandable and comprehensible for everyone.

  • The moderators' language is clear and understandable, allowing the content to be absorbed without technocratic gibberish.

  • Accompanying commentary allows viewers to ask questions and thus participate in the presentations.

  • Educational and easily understandable contributions from the scientific and chemical fields explain the phenomena of whisky production even to laypeople. These contribute to a better understanding of whiskies and liqueurs.

  • From a technical point of view, the web shows are staged visually and acoustically in a perfectly professional manner .


  • If you are unable to watch the broadcasts, you can watch them free of charge on YouTube .





St. Kilian Story

A whisky friendship between Rüdenau founder and sole owner Andreas Thümmler and the Irishman David F. Hynes made a project possible in 2012 that has made all the dreams that were imagined at the time come true. Thümmler from Lower Franconia had been thinking about the idea of a distillery for a long time.



As chance would have it, he got to know and appreciate the then Director of Production of the Cooley Group, Hynes, in Kilbeggan, the oldest Irish distillery still in production today.


Reflux Condenser at St. Kilian. Photo Copyright St. Kilian Distillers.

In short , the result of their friendship was integrated into a distillery that is exceptional in Germany, with a unique set from Scotland: Mash Tun, wooden fermentation vats and two decorative copper Swan Neck Pot Stills from the renowned coppersmiths Forsyths .


Scottish, Irish and German distilling techniques combined to create a state-of-the-art distillery that turned the small town near the romantic market town of Miltenberg into a mecca of the German whisky world.


A real stroke of luck was the recruitment of Mario Rudolf, a graduate maltster and brewer from the Technical University of Munich, who comes from nearby Amorbach. Since 2015, Rudolf has been contributing his competence, creativity and brewing know-how to the St. Kilian team in the distillation of whiskies that have attracted national and international attention. Gold medals pave their path. Commendations such as Distillery of the Year or Distiller of the Year 2024 adorn the walls.



CTO Mario Rudolf


So it is no wonder that Scottish whisky blenders such as WOVEN or internationally renowned bottlers such as Blackadder rummage through the Kilian maturation warehouses for precious items. Further releases of well known Independent Bottlers are on the way.


WOVEN Superblend is also blended with a St Kilian Single Malt which matured in a Banyuls Sweet Wine Cask. Info...


The Independent Bottler Blackadder Robin Tucek selected several ST. Kilian casks for his Raw Cask and Cask Strength Series::


  • Virgin Chestnut Cask (chestnut), distilled on February 27, 2019, unpeated. 273 bottles, 60,1% abv

  • Virgin Palantinan Oak Casks, [sic, Palatinate Oak] distilled on December 20, 2017, heavily peated. Bottled November 2023. Exclusive bottling for China, 310 bottles, 61.0% abv

  • Virgin Wild Robinia, distilled on June 26, 2019, heavily peated. Bottled November 2023. Exclusive bottling for China, 309 bottles, 62.2% abv

  • Moscatel Cask/Butt, distilled on April 5, 2017, not peated. Bottled November 2023. Exclusive bottling for China, 724 bottles, 61.7% abv

  • Virgin American Oak, distilled February 1, 2017, unpeated. Bottled November 2023. Exclusive bottling for China, 250 bottles, 61.7% abv

Blackadder Photos Copyright St. Kilian Distillers



Not only the Israeli team from Milk and Honey or Irish managers from Jameson found out about the complex and innovative production processes at St. Kilian. They were amazed to see the Bunker City, where CTO Mario Rudolf creatively uses over 375 different types of wood and barrels to mature the St. Kilian single malts.



Saint Kilian Genesis Tasting

on Saturday, May 4th at 7pm via Youtube Livestream


The Irish whiskey under St Kilian

A single cask bottling in the "Irish style" was made from 100% Pilsner malt by the Weyermann malthouse in Bamberg. The long-fermented mash was distilled twice in the pot stills. In the fine distillery, Rudolf deliberately switched on the dephlegator built into Hynes' Lyne Arm - a kind of pipe coil through which cold water flows.


The result of the New Make character is fine-fruity, clean and very pure.


With the reflux condenser (as they call these condensers at Kilian) fully full, they distilled the distillate slowly and gently.


"The special component in the Lyne Arm of the Spirit Still
only the volatile aromas made it into the new make,"

says Mario Rudolf.



Five years of maturation in a 190 litre first-fill Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey Barrel shaped a


"...balanced composition of sweet fruit,
creamy vanilla
and fine toffee notes."

Reflux condensers are not uncommon in Irish distilling history. They were found in the Lyne Arms of the Jameson Distillery on Bow Street in Dublin. At the Cooley Distillery, distilling expert David Hynes subsequently installed a cooling coil in the fine distillation chamber of the former Scottish Swan Neck Pot Stills. This allowed the legendary distiller Noel Sweeney to distill different new make styles.


Similar condenser systems are currently in operation in the Great Northern Distillery in Dundalk, north of Dublin, which was technically designed by David Hynes.


David’s Choice


A second Single Cask Edition David's Choice was selected by "St. Kilians Spiritus Rector, David F. Hynes" himself. The mild, non-smoky spirit also matured for five years in a fresh 225-litre chestnut wood barrel.


David F. Hynes at the Great Northern Distillery, Dundalk


"The result is a lush single malt whisky,
which not only has full-bodied fruit sweetness, dry tannins
and warming wood notes,
but also impresses with its magnificent mahogany color."

 

Star of the Evening


The big surprise of the Genesis tasting will probably be the first eight-year-old St. Kilian single malt whisky in the legendary X-series.


Mario Rudolf, also St Kilian’s Master Blender, announces a complex single malt that is harmonious with balanced


"...wonderful nuances of honey, vanilla and butterscotch
as well as sweet fruit and fine spice notes...

appears in the glass.


What's special: The wash, i.e. the beer without hops, for the oldest St. Kilian release to date came from the Pforzheim private brewery Wilhelm Ketterer, where master distiller Mario Rudolf was not only responsible for beer production as technical director before joining St. Kilian.


After double distillation, the single malt was first stored in American first-fill bourbon barrels. For further maturation, it was transferred to first-fill Sauternes barriques - 225 l oak barrels - and to small 50 liter first-fill bourbon barrels from the Texas Garrison Brothers Distillery.


Sauternes is a sweet white wine from the Garonne valley east of Bordeaux.




final

At the end of the Genesis Tasting, the trio Thümmler, Hynes and Rudolf present the St. Kilian Whisky Liqueur.


This was combined with St Kilian Single Malt Whisky.


The perfect harmony of creamy vanilla, mild coconut and aromatic cinnamon is the crowning conclusion of our next online tasting.

promises Master Blender Mario Rudolf.





This is what St Kilian writes:


"More exciting creations await you in your tasting set, which will be conveniently sent to you via DHL. Enjoy your tasting samples together with Master Distiller Mario Rudolf , owner and founder Andreas Thümmler and the Irish Master Distiller legend David F. Hynes . Follow the harmonious journey of enjoyment in the YouTube livestream or catch up at a later date."




The hosts: Hynes, Rudolf, Thümmler. Photo Copyright St. Kilian Distillers.

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