Romania’s First Ever Single Malt Emerges Onto The World Whisky Stage

| June 23, 2022

The Alexandrion Group, a Romanian spirits and wine producer and distributor, recently introduced the first-ever single malt whisky produced in Romania.

To mark the occasion, the group has set out on a world tour this summer, the first stop being an event at the residence of the Romanian Ambassador to the United States in Washington D.C.

“I was delighted to support, on behalf of the Romanian Embassy to the USA, the unveiling of the first Romanian single malt whisky in Washington D.C. I am glad to see Romanian companies such as the Alexandrion Group expanding overseas,” said Dan-Andrei Muraru, ambassador of Romania to the United States, in a prepared statement.

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The Alexandrion Group has embarked on their world tour to promote the first ever single malt, Carpathian whisky, produced in Romania (image via Alexandrion Group)

Nawaf Salameh, Alexandrion Group’s founding chairman, said that in July, Romania and the United States will mark 25 years of strategic partnership.

“This was a perfect context to present our Carpathian Single Malt Whisky in the country where we are building a very large distillery, and also at the residence of the Romanian Ambassador,” he said.

Under the direction of Salameh and Master Distiller Allan Anderson, the group developed a single malt of 100% malted barley grown in Romania, as well as Sub-Carpathian water.

The single malt is distilled, matured and bottled at the Alexandrion Saber 1789 Distilleries, located near the Carpathian Mountains. The Carpathian Single Malt is unchill filtered and bottled at 46% ABV.

The distiller’s notes explain that Carpathian Single Malt was matured in Romanian wine casks, a first in terms of single malt production. Alexandrion Group is one of the few companies in the world that use casks from their own wine production facilities to mature single malt whisky.

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Earlier this year, the Fetească Neagră variety was awarded the Double Gold medal in the international wine competition Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, and is a red Romanian wine that exhibits spicy, smoky fruit characters and strong tannin structure.

Three expressions of the first Romanian single malt will be presented during the world tour: Fetească Neagră and Pinot Noir as part of the Romanian Wine Cask Selection, and Madeira, as part of the Spanish and Portuguese Wine Cask Selection.

Fetească Neagră and Madeira were initially matured in first-fill bourbon casks, while the Pinot Noir expression was exclusively matured in Romanian Pinot Noir casks.

Master Distiller Allan Anderson said, “This whisky perfectly showcases our distillery terroir. The huge flavor impact of our malted barley, the pure Sub-Carpathian water combined with the unique flavors of Romanian and Portuguese wine casks make Carpathian Single Malt an exquisite whisky, which without a doubt, will become one of the best in the world as it further matures.”

He said the maturation in warmer climate regions versus Scotland (+41°F on average) could explain the milder character of this single malt selection.

“Carpathian showcases this great potential and the clear quality advantage that we have versus other single malt whiskies of the same age, and we want to share our enthusiasm with whisky connoisseurs worldwide. The mash was double distilled in our distillery’s custom-made stills,” he added.

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