Pradlo Distillery, Pradlo, Czech Republic.
The whiskey chosen to start the second half of the evening of "whiskey history" at Scotch Whiskey Club of Quebec The last 22 of April is one of a rather unusual origin, the Hammer Head Czech Whiskey 1989.
Inaugurated in 1928, the Czech distillery Pradlo, which reached its peak during the 80 years, was a nationalized distillery with the aim of imitating the manufacturing processes of its Scottish capitalist competitors. They used a variety of barley grown in Czechoslovakia and spring water from the Bohemian region. Aging was also done exclusively in new Czech oak barrels.
What makes it a "story whiskey"? In 1989, a major event marked Europe as a whole: the fall of the formidable Berlin Wall. In all the chaos surrounding this reunification, many barrels of Pradlo were forgotten and lost for nearly 20 years.
The name Hammer Head was given to this rediscovered whiskey in honor of the mill used to crush malted barley, a mill that was installed from the start of the operations of the distillery in the late 20.
As my muse once said again Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (1874-1965) so aptly put it:
In England everything is allowed except what is forbidden. In Germany everything is forbidden except what is allowed. In France everything is allowed, even what is forbidden. In the USSR everything is forbidden, even what is allowed.
Immensely pale, like a full moon night on Berlin.
Pear, kiwi, vanilla, grass. A wind of nectarine and fruit punch stifles almost everything else. A little bit of dust and wood. Caramel and orange.
Orange, caramel, cinnamon, cane sugar. Definitely the most enjoyable moment of this dram.
Citrus background eclipsed by a foreign exchange handle. Much too metallic for my taste.
Unfortunately not enough in my palette. Beautiful piece of history, but nothing more.