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Whisky, fine spirits & mountain pine oil
Edelbrandbrennerei in Radstadt
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Whisky, fine spirits & mountain pine oil

Anyone who’s ever seen Bernhard Warter‘s certificates hanging on the wall, can hardly believe that this successful distiller came to this career by chance. Around 25 years ago the father-of-two fancied “trying something new”. And out of “something new”, became fine spirits which are famous far and wide. The variety is huge and ranges from raspberry schnaps and plum brandy cuvée to yellow muskateller grape schnaps to a Mangei-milk (marmot milk) and spilling plum schnaps.

 

Distilling takes place regularly at the Dachstein Destillery at an altitude of 980 m, however, only in small quantities, as quality is the top priority. Fruit is processed from fresh, and in answer to the question what the secret of a good schnaps is, Bernhard Warter replies guardedly: “A schnaps is only ever as good as the raw produce used and these vary from year to year.“

However, the Dachstein Destillery at the Mandlgut has much more to offer – in a small hut next to the restaurant you’ll find the traditional pine distillery, where everything up here started. The Warter Family belongs to the few in the area who are allowed to fell mountain pine. From the freshly harvested pines, forest-scented oil for creams or ointments are extracted in an eight-hour long process. If you’ve ever taken a sniff, you’ll notice the difference straightaway.

Edelbrandbrennerei in Radstadt
Edelbrandbrennerei in Radstadt

Meanwhile Bernard Warter, who is also Salzburg‘s first certified schnaps sommelier, has handed over the rudder to his daughters. Katharina is a certified TEH-Practicioner (traditional European medicine) and processes the home-made mountain pine oil to highly effective skin and body care products. Over the years she has also developed her own range of care products called “Single Malt“. In which you’ll also find, in addition to fine herbs and ingredients from the region, a shot of home-made Rock Whisky. Theresia has inherited her father’s fine nose and his talent for distilling. Together they are responsible for the range of high proof products from the distillery. Mother, Doris Warter is, as always, responsible for the tasty delicacies served in the cosy restaurant, the cakes and gateaux in particular are a dream.

Edelbrandbrennerei in Radstadt
Edelbrandbrennerei in Radstadt

And then of course there’s the whisky cellar, where Bernhard Warter‘s greatest treasure is stored – his home-distilled “Rock Whisky“, filled in lovely sweet wine barrels. Whoever tastes this fine drop, can wallow in a fine vanilla note with honeycombed finish. The youthful distillate is mild and aromatic. So it’s going to be exciting when the whisky makes twelve years stored in the barrel – some of the barrels are even stored in the eternal ice of the Dachstein Glacier. Until then you can happily enjoy a schnaps or a guided tour of the Dachstein Destillery.

Edelbrandbrennerei in Radstadt
Edelbrandbrennerei in Radstadt

Tips & Info:

Tip! Whisky, gin, rum, liqueurs, schnaps, chocolate and care products – the finest produce from the Mandlberggut can also be ordered from their web shop: www.mandlberggut.at

Mandlberggut – Dachstein Distillery, The Warter Family

Mandlbergweg 11, 5550 Radstadt
Telephone: +43 (0)6454 7660
info@mandlberggut.com, www.mandlberggut.com

Beste Aussichten im Salzburgerland

The text originates from the book:“Best Views in SalzburgerLand – 66 favourite places and und 11 Alpine Huts“ by Franziska Lipp (Gmeiner Verlag, 2014).

By kind consent of the author.

Photo credits: Jakob Lipp, Franzsika Lipp, Salzburger Sportwelt, Peter Zeitlhofer


"Die Welt in Worte zu fassen, bedeutet auch, sie – in gewisser Weise – neu zu erfinden: Es gibt kaum etwas, das noch nicht beschrieben wurde. Dennoch lohnt es sich immer wieder, neue Worte zu finden. Davon bin ich zumindest überzeugt. Als selbstständige Texterin, Journalistin und Autorin gehört das geschriebene Worte zu meinem Alltag. Schreiben ist für mich nicht Beruf, sondern Berufung: Schon als 12-jährige habe ich mein Spielzeug gegen eine mechanische Schreibmaschine ausgetauscht. Seit 2004 betreue ich zahlreiche renommierte Unternehmen in Österreich und Deutschland, wobei mein Schwerpunkt ganz klar auf den Bereichen Salzburg und Tourismus liegt. So schreibe ich unter anderem für die Salzburger Sportwelt, Flachau, Radstadt, die Großglockner Hochalpenstraße, die Salzburger Burgen und Schlösser oder die SalzburgerLand Tourismus GmbH. 2014 erschien mein Buch „Beste Aussichten im Salzburger Land. 66 Lieblingsplätze und 11 Almhütten“. Darin stelle ich sehenswerte Ausflugsziele vor und verrate so manch persönlichen Lieblingsplatz. Weitere Bücher, die von mir bisher erschienen sind: „Köstliches von der Müllerin“ (Dort-Hagenhausen, 2014)
 „Das große, kleine Buch: Imker werden“ (Servus, 2015) 
„Das große, kleine Buch: Die Großglockner Hochalpenstraße anders erleben“ (Servus, 2016) "

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