The origins of Langatun Distillery are going back to 1857, when Jakob Baumberger returned home from his studies in Munich with the title of master brewer and started brewing and distilling on his father’s farm.
In 1860 he took over small brewery in Langenthal, a village in Bern canton originally called Langatun. Nearly 150 years later, in 2007, master brewer and distiller Hans Baumberger III decided to follow up his grandfather footsteps with crafting Langatun single malt. Langatun Old Bear is a tribute to Jakob, who created the logo for his brand featuring the “old bear”. The whisky was distilled in 2010 from peated malt, aged in casks, which previously held rich red wine from the Châteauneuf-du-Pape area in southeastern France and bottled at natural strength of 61.2% abv in 2016.
Nose: mildly peaty, fresh herbs, pine needles, vanilla custard, honey, red berries, candied orange peel and dash of mixed spice.
Palate: smoky and sugary, caramel, honey, raspberries, strawberries, grapes, black pepper and oak tannins.
Finish: fairly long, smoky and herbal, with notes of red berries, dark chocolate, cinnamon and pepper.