Switzerland is not renowned for its whisky production, however look more closely, the Valais region has a number of similarities with the Scotland:
Cold mountain water
A suitable climate
Expertise in fermented products
so why not ..
In 2009 Jim Murray's Whisky Bible Their whisky scored 91 and 94
Started in 2001 by Alex Delaloye with two distillations of 50 and 200 litres
He has since shared his passion in (2003) with partners with the same interest
Alex & Lysiane Delaloye, Thierry Faust & Johanna Pitteloud
Their ambition was not to produce a copy of a whiskey or light Scotch ,
But to make a Swiss Spirit based on traditional whisky making:
Matured in Casks.
The spirit produced is not whiskey as it as every right to be called but as Swhisky in respect to Switzerland.
The company thanks all professional Scotsman that have contributed to achieve this ambition
The SWHISKY is produced in the same way as whisky,
For Glen Vignettes wort they use a type of Scottish Pils from the Valaisanne Brewery, A member of the Carlsberg Breweries company. The water source is from "The girl" Arbaz from near the Brewery at Valaisanne .
The wort it taken to the distillery in road tankers
Glen Vignettes washback contains 6000 litres
For distilling Glen Vignettes Hohlstein stills are used
Swhisky is matured in oak casks from Burgundy (Beaune) of 114 litre capacity which have contained Syrah and Petite Arvine
Swhisky Tasting Notes
Initial version refined to Arvine. Fruity, slightly salty, the lightest of the range.
Refinement to the Syrah. Fruity, masculine, with hints of plum jam and toast.
To spend a pleasant evening.
Version smoke for fans. Rustic, balanced with a hint of fresh leather.
By the end of the meal with dark chocolate.
Version from the drum (cask) to 56.2 °.
Ample, powerful, with hints of pepper and ginger.
Provide a bed nearby.
Whiskey liqueur with sweet and spicy notes.
For dessert, like a wine or port over ripeness.
2003 Chardon Eurowhisky gold
Whiskey Bible 2004 Abred 89 points
"National of Spirits noble"
Brandy distinguished noble (Annouim)
Forum Romand des Eaux de Vie 2006
Spirits Competition in Switzerland - April 2006
Gold Medal: Annouim
Gold Medal: Abred
Gold Medal: Challenge
Gold Medal: Ginsky
Excellence Award: Best of Category: Annouim 19/20 points